Please Note: Below is the 2017 timetable schedule. 2018 Timetables coming soon!
Timetables for Farm Business Innovation 2017 Will Be Released Soon...
Wednesday 8th November
Thursday 9th November
11.00 - 11.30
Preparing for the future of farming
With influences such as Brexit, the agricultural scene is changing. This seminar will give you an insight into these market changes and how to prepare your business. We’ll be focusing on capital tax planning from commercial activities. With the help of client case studies, we’ll cover: unsupported agriculture; diversification; scale and less active farmers; development activities or potential.
11.45 - 12.15
Successful Planning Applications – it really IS all about making friends and influencing people!
Rural planning proposals don’t always have to be “developers versus communities”. We will be looking at successful approaches to bring local people on board with new developments, overcome resistance and fear of change, and turn new development opportunities into win/win situations for local people and developers. We will see how building a thorough understanding of both local issues, and a schemes potential to deliver value to the wider community, is critical to success.
12.30 - 13.00
The position of UK micro food businesses post Brexit
With the Brexit negotiations now underway we are entering a period of uncertainty. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have stated that on the day that the UK leaves the EU all existing food regulation will be transferred into UK law. The question is what will happen after that? Firstly it is likely that existing regulations will be reviewed and amended. Secondly new regulations will be written in the UK. A concern is that consultations will be dominated by multi-million pound companies and vested interest groups. The result could be poorly thought through regulations, because the concerns of the majority will not have be taken into account. Micro food businesses in the UK tend not belong to associations. To ensure that their concerns are heard ahead of any changes we have to engage them. Food Solutions’ experience in the EU will be invaluable in leading this.
13.15 - 13.45
Diversifying in farming, finding your USP and how to get your product out there.
I will be discussing how to find your USP launch and get it to market, how to make the most of PR and marketing opportunities and how diversifying in farming doesn’t mean you have to be large scale or pump in 100’s of thousands of pounds to be successful. I will talk about drive and determination and how I gained planning permission with a eviction notice on our site when we moved in. I will talk about finding USP and how I went about being the first person to do Valais Blacknose sheep and Alpaca meat. The pro’s and con’s and how to do this without EU funding.
14.00 - 14.30
Fire Safety Guidance and Requirements
MCFP provides a full range of fire safety products and services. We are fully accredited as a BSI Fire Gold approved company with ISO9001:2008, BAFE SP203 for design, installation, commissioning, handover, verification & maintenance of Fire detection and alarm systems. Our Fire Extinguisher accreditation is to SP101 for installation and maintenance. We are conveniently located with offices in Bicester and Bristol, to provide prompt service throughout the South of England. We have an enviable customer retention rate and always provide outstanding service and excellent value to all new and established clients.
14.15 - 14.45
The Industry Code of Practice for safe farm visits
The Industry Code of Practice for safe farm visits is designed to ensure that whatever size of farm you operate or how many visitors you have, the code will ensure you and your visitors make it a safe one. The seminar will discuss the background to the code as well as giving helpful hints on how you can ensure you are meeting its requirements. Even if you are opening your farm for one day a year or diversifying into farm visits, this seminar will give you the practical and proportionate steps you and your visitors need to follow.