Wednesday 8th November
Thursday 9th November
11.00 - 11.30
Is Your Business Prepared for BREXIT? How Can Appropriate Software Help?
Are you struggling to keep up with an increasingly digital world, the paperless office, and bemused by all the talk of ‘The Cloud’? Like it or not these things are increasingly having an impact on your business; HMRC Making Tax Digital, software integration, invoices appearing by email, online banking; I could go on. You know how difficult it can be to keep track of costs, manage those vital orders, access information quickly, and produce sensible and meaningful reports as an aide to good business management. Come and see how you can embrace the world of Information Technology and how you can use it to save time and increase efficiency in your business life. We, along with others, can help and assist you on your journey as you seek to improve your data recording, and the utilization of that data, as market pressures increase and profit margins are being squeezed.
11.45 - 12.15
Shelley D’Arcy and Peter Harrison
Maximise your income by holiday letting
Farm holidays have never been more in demand and we want to talk you through how you can take advantage of this to maximise your income. We’ll cover how you can successfully diversify into holiday letting and offer your guests the immersive farm experience that they’re looking for. Whether you’re thinking of converting a barn, adding a yurt, or whether you’re already running a holiday let and want to make it work harder, we’ll offer expert advice, hints and tips with a chance to ask questions at the end.
12.30 - 13.00
What comes naturally – Let nature take care of
To inform and enlighten landowners and all relevant parties with how to deal effectively with humanure. Requiring no conventional waste removal, for a fraction of the cost and with far less problems than envisaged
13.15 - 13.45
Emergencies and crisis events – they wouldn’t happen to us!
It’s a fact, emergencies happen. But the way in which such incidents are managed varies considerably. This seminar will explore the principles of Emergency Planning – what should your plan look like? What should it cover? Who do you need to share it with? And how do you make sure the whole team understands the plan and can follow it in the event of something going wrong. So whether you are planning a single, annual event, or you have a year-round operation, this seminar will provide you with useful advice and real life examples to help you to make sure that if disaster strikes, you’re ready.
14.00 - 14.30
Unlocking the potential for engaging, educating and entertaining young children
The UK’s favourite little green tractor, Tractor Ted, engages, entertains and educates young children on farming and the countryside through the series of Tractor Ted DVD and Books. David Horler, who co-originated the Tractor Ted concept, will discuss how Tractor Ted brings real life farming to life for young children. Tractor Ted has 4 Tractor Ted Little Farm attractions across the UK and ROI pulling in over half-a-million visitors a year. The team also runs over 100 Live Events each year taking the Tractor Ted experience to millions of young Tractor Ted fans across the country from Scotland to Southampton! With education, entertainment and engagement being core to all areas of the business, David will give share ideas on how venues can get involved with Tractor Ted to bring real life farming and the countryside to life.
14.45 - 15.15
Extra Dwellings on the Farm? – Your permitted development rights and options
This seminar will focus on why Councils still seem to be refusing many farm buildings agricultural to residential permitted development planning applications. The process of a Class Q application will be discussed together with ways of maximising your chances of success in the current climate.
15.30 - 16.00
Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Grant Funding
The Rural Development Programme for England provides a wide range of grant funding to support the creation of rural jobs and enable business growth, increase the productivity of farming and forestry, and and improve the quality of life in rural areas. The seminar will provide an overview of the following funding that is or will soon be available, and how to apply. The Growth Programme provides grant funds of £35,000+ for business development, food processing, and tourism infrastructure projects that lead to job creation and/ or economic growth in response to locally identified priorities. The Countryside Productivity scheme provides a range of small and larger grants to agriculture, horticulture and forestry businesses to improve competitiveness. LEADER is led by Local Action Groups, providing usually lower levels of grant funding to enable local business growth.
15.30 - 16.00
Rob Hindle & Jonathan Fell
Achieving successful diversification in a changing rural economy
Rob Hindle of Rural Solutions will discuss how the current financial climate and other factors (planning framework and consumer behaviours) mean that rural diversification has never been a more fruitful opportunity for rural landowners, highlighting some key success factors to achieving this. Rural Solutions will co-present with one of their most successful clients, Jonathan Fell at The Ice Cream Farm to demonstrate how this is has been achieved in practice.