Please Note: Below is the 2017 timetable schedule. 2018 Timetables coming soon!
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Wednesday 8th November
Thursday 9th November
11.00 - 11.30
Grant Funding Opportunities
The seminar will give details on the grant aid available to diversification projects. It will provide examples of projects that have successfully secured grant aid in the past and examples of current applications. There will be examples given of the business plans necessary to support these applications for both grant aid and bank lending.
11.45 - 12.15
Laser targeting your marketing to attract more bookings
This seminar will walk you through the 10 essentials you need to be doing and using in order to get more bookings through your efforts online. You don’t need any specialist skills in order to use these essentials, but by the end of this seminar you will be able to increase your bookings and sales through your website.
12.30 - 13.00
Diversification into equestrian – What are my options?
Do you have land that you think would be ideal for an equestrian diversification project? We will explore the market size of the equestrian industry, so you know what you are putting your money into. Then we will work through various options to choose from. Which will be the most relevant for your land, experience and level of commitment? You can also find Anne on stand 474. Read about how Anne helped one equestrian centre diversify in our blog - Case Study - Black Pig Retreats
13.15 - 13.45
Wigwam® Holidays – Leading the Way in the Glamping Revolution
With a track record of over two decades in building wooden cabins from sustainable home grown timber, Charles Gulland, the original innovator of the camping pod and founder of the first ‘glamping holiday’ business, demonstrates how his unique and proven business model has helped farm businesses diversify and maximize revenue. Charles will talk about how Wigwam® Holidays, with proven success can support and grow your business, with the benefits of being part of one of the UK’s biggest alternative holiday brands.
14.00 - 14.30
Using shipping containers in a diverse farm business
Shipping containers are a very versatile resource which can be put to use for a diverse range of applications including self-storage. Parsons Containers have many years of experience converting shipping containers for many applications. The seminar will cover many of the projects that Parsons have delivered and include valuable information about setting up and running a self-storage business.
14.45 - 15.15
Dr Ali Hadavizadeh
Top tips on launching and scaling a new venture
Many entrepreneurs with good business idea fall at the first hurdle because they haven’t found or engaged with the right business advice and support to help and guide them during crucial early days of company formation. If you are thinking of launching a new business, do you know what are the essential building blocks of a successful business and how a business incubator can help you to prepare, launch and scale your proposition from an idea to a sustainable venture?
15.30 - 16.00
Conservation Engineering – Traditionally Modern
The talk will briefly summarise general causes of damage and decay in heritage buildings and how to recognise them. Aspirations of repairs will be covered and the pitfalls associated with poorly designed repairs. The roles and responsibilities of consultants will be discussed and will include guidance on who to contact, how to determine their relevant knowledge and experience and how to maximise their efficiency. This talk will significantly benefit Home Owners or Estate Managers who wish to better understand how to look after heritage structures.