Meet the people behind Berrys – Vicky Price

Published October 18th, 2016

Meet the people behind Berrys
This week we are interviewing Vicky Price. Vicky joined Berrys Hereford office in August 2014, returning home after practising in east England for four years.

Vicky assists in all matters of rural agency and professional advice including estate management, valuations, landlord and tenant matters, letting and selling of land and rural property, farming subsidy and grant schemes as well as agricultural planning appraisals. Since joining Berrys, Vicky has become heavily involved in Environmental Permit applications, including applications for intensive farming enterprises such as poultry sites.

What does a normal day at Berrys look like?
I don’t think any day at Berrys is the same and it all very much depends on the time of year and the job I’m working on. I have recently become involved in numerous stewardship and grant applications for farming clients, which involve lots of on-farm meetings followed up with long days in the office making sure that everything is completed and submitted before the deadline.

What I love about my job is that I can work on various matters throughout the day, making every day new and interesting.

What makes Berrys different to their competitors in your opinion?
Berrys is a multi-functional firm, offering a wide range of services to our clients, something that our competitors aren’t necessarily able to do. Also, we are a great bunch of people and all work excellently as a team whether it’s in our individual departments, as offices or across the company.

I think, that as a team we are able to assist clients with what they want to achieve, whilst also seeing other opportunities available which may have been overlooked or are not even considered, but which ultimately will add additional value to the clients business.

What obstacles do the rural markets and farming businesses face over the coming year?
With Brexit still strong in everyone minds, there is an element of uncertainty for prospective sellers and purchasers out there. However, it is clear that there is still demand for land and rural properties, subject to them being at the right price.

The increase in the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payment rate for the 2016 claim year will be a welcome boost in income for our farming clients. However, we are urging farmers to plan ahead with cash flow and business planning, whilst also reviewing the current opportunities available for borrowing and refinancing loans with bank lending at its cheapest.

We will all be waiting to hear what the Chancellor of the Exchequer has to say in his first Autumn Statement regarding future grant funding for farmers on 23rd November. It is reassuring to know that the BPS subsidy payments will continue up to the 2019 claim, which is a welcomed relief for farming businesses.

What would your advice be to those thinking about pursuing a career in the rural/land sector?
I always knew from a young age that I wanted to have a career in the rural surveying and the land agent sector. Having grown up on our family farm, I have always been interested in working within agriculture.

I think it is important to get as much work experience as possible and have found that surveying firms are usually more than happy to have young people shadowing them to gain an insight as to how their firms operate.

Attending Harper Adams University College and completing the required placement year during the course only further encouraged my desire to work within the industry. It is important for those wanting to become surveyors and achieve the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accreditations to choose a University or learning course which is recognised by the RICS.

Have you got any unusual stories, from your time at Berrys that you would like to share with us?
Specifically with valuations, you can find yourself in unusual situations such as trying to value land from roads and footpaths without the tenant becoming aware. However, as my career at Berrys is still relatively fresh I am sure there is bound to be some more unusual stories to come in the future.


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