Keynote Theatre 1
Wednesday 8th November
Thursday 9th November
11.00 - 11.30
The farm and the festival - how they work together
Worthy Farm in Pilton Somerset is a fully working diary farm, it's also host to the worldwide famous Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts - a 5 day festival held in June. Michael Eavis will discuss the ups and downs of how festival and farm work together, and the introduction of new farm tech like their new robotic milking parlour!
11.45 - 12.15
Unlocking rural UK’s digital potential. It’s still Day One.
The internet and technology have the power to level the playing field between businesses big and small, urban and rural; and democratises the ability to start your own business. Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon, believes that as more rural parts of the country go online, we can unlock the digital potential of rural businesses - resulting in more growth, more exports, better productivity and more talent retained in rural UK. Amazon attaches great importance to the rural economy, both here in the UK and across its broader European business. Many of its customers live in rural communities and many rural businesses already use Amazon’s services and infrastructure (digital and physical) to grow their business. This includes services ranging from Amazon Marketplace and Amazon Web Services through to Amazon Business, Handmade at Amazon, and Amazon Alexa. As a participant and enabler of the digital economy, with a clear interest in promoting the long-term success of rural communities, Doug Gurr will outline why Amazon believes rural UK has great potential to be a key beneficiary of the digital revolution.
12.30 - 13.00
Win, win. Managing environmental assets in the farm business.
The management of on farm environmental assets, or natural capital, is often presented as something that happens alongside profitable farming, or something that can only occur when individual farms are profitable. EU exit is likely to considerably alter the basis on which farmers and land managers are rewarded, with an increased emphasis on public goods. Geoff will explore some of the best practice in this area to make the case for farming natural capital.
14.00 - 14.30
Paul Williamson and Chris Nichols
Brewing up a difference – the Hillside inspiration
What’s the right balance between creativity and discipline, passion and planning in launching a brilliant new farm based venture. Entrepreneur and writer Chris Nichols joins with farm based Hillside Brewery founder Paul Williamson to spark your ideas by sharing the Hillside experience. This is a genuine tale told by the founder of an award-winning craft brewery start-up. Founded on passion and opportunism, Paul will tell the story of how the Hillside project moved from aspiration to reality. Chris will draw on his years of coaching entrepreneurs and sparking creative ventures to help draw out the tip and tricks of a winning venture. Expect inspiration, gritty truths and plenty of stimulus to spark your own thinking. There’ll be no unnecessary froth on this full flavoured brew.
14.45 - 15.15
Dan De Baerdemaecker
The management of deer within farms and parks
A overview of the deer farming industry and the management of deer on farms and with in parks.