Please Note: Below is the 2017 timetable schedule. 2018 Timetables coming soon!
Wednesday 8th November
Thursday 9th November
11.00 - 11.30
Small Business Marketing on an Even Smaller Budget
Often forgotten or budgeted for in a new business, getting your name out there should be a first priority. We look at how online marketing and social media can get you seen by your prospective customers and clients, how important it is to know your own business inside out and be your biggest advocate. Your business can hold its own amongst much bigger businesses with much bigger budgets. All it takes is a little time and effort, a simple strategy and a want to win.
11.45 - 12.15
Making the most of EU Grant Funding before we Brexit…
A summary of the current grant landscape focusing on the Rural Development Programme for England and the main grant funds that are available. The seminar will share some case studies of relevant grant successes and will provide some specific advice and guidance in relation to the nuances of grant funding and some key do’s and don’ts when it comes to applying.
12.30 - 13.00
What to consider when launching Outdoor Weddings & Events at your venue.
Launching an outdoor events offering at your venue can be an exciting yet daunting task. During this informative seminar, Hayley will offer you an insight into all of the elements to consider to ensure your new venture is a success, from both a practical and creative perspective. Whether you are looking to buy or hire temporary event structures, there are several factors that need to be considered to ensure a seamless customer journey from start to finish. Size of space available, competitors nearby, pricing strategy, where the practicalities will be located, numbers you want to accommodate, maintenance of the structures and the customers you want to attract are all covered in this seminar.
13.15 - 13.45
Dr Paul Thomas
High value truffles: how to cultivate them on your land
This seminar will discuss what truffles are, how much they’re worth and the conditions needed to cultivate them. Dr Paul Thomas will discuss all aspects of the truffle business including technical requirements such as soil conditions, considerations such as set-up costs, resource requirements and grant availability, and expected yields, income and product distribution channels. The seminar will also explore latest research around how climate change will impact truffle production and the regions suitable for cultivation. This seminar will be of interest to anyone looking to diversify their land and grow truffle trees as an investment, as well as those looking to grow truffles for their own enjoyment.
14.00 - 14.30
Jeannie Tomlin, Rachel Godwin and Lisa Hodgson
Women Are Raising The Steaks!!
A brief story of how three ladies became embroiled in the world of Meat – from Ostriches in the Nineties, to Mangalitza Pork now !! The trials and tribulations of Farming, Raising, Killing, Butchering and Selling rare and unusual meats.
14.45 - 15.15
The Green Treatment Solution for Wastewaters Generated by Agricultural Activities
Wastewaters are generated by a wide range of activities associated with agriculture. These include but are not limited to, contaminated run off from working areas, diversification developments (residential and industrial), food and drink production, vegetable and equipment washing, diffuse pollution, anaerobic digestion and livestock slurries. Our presentation will demonstrate how Reed Bed (also known as Constructed Wetlands) treatment systems can be used to clean up all of these wastewaters.
15.30 - 16.00
The Brexit opportunities for farmers to supply food to local customers
With farming subsidies set to change and increased demand for British grown food there will be an opportunity for Farmers to grow food for local markets both retail and wholesale. BigBarn is the UK’s leading local food website and this seminar will present the opportunities ahead.