Enterprising farmers and rural business owners wishing to develop or diversify can explore post-Brexit opportunities in free CLA seminars at the Farm Business Innovation Show, taking place 9-10 November at Birmingham’s NEC.
The CLA which represents farmers, landowners and rural businesses has incorporated a dedicated seminar theatre into the CLA Stand 1060. Visitors can benefit from a range of free seminars over both days as well as being able to meet advisers to discuss issues.
This year, the organisation’s rural specialists will be speaking on topical issues such as what new opportunities farmers and rural businesses have after the UK leaves the EU and rural funding post-Brexit as well as connectivity, tax, planning and insurance among others.
CLA Midlands Director Caroline Bedell said: “As we saw clearly last year, this event attracts both established and new businesses with a common thirst for knowledge to help their ventures develop. I see businesses which are new and dynamic, demonstrating a wave of enthusiasm and optimism in our countryside.
“I have spoken with many successful rural businesses recently, and asked them to share the key to their success. Their answers were as diverse as their enterprises, but if there was one common theme, it was that an idea on its own is not enough. You need to take independent advice right at the start, before you commit time and expenditure that could end up being wasted.
“This event is the ideal place to get that advice, from the CLA and the many others on hand.”
The Farm Business Innovation Show will feature 300 businesses and 150 seminars. Visitor tickets are free of charge and can be pre-booked at www.farmbusinessshow.co.uk
People unable to attend the event may get in touch with the CLA on 020 7235 0511 for details of their local advisers, or visit www.cla.org.uk
Visitors to the CLA stand can also take part in a short survey to help the CLA understand current diversification trends – with the added incentive of a chance to win £250.
FULL CLA SEMINAR PROGRAMME
CLA advisers will be giving the following seminars in the CLA seminar theatre adjacent to the stand.
Wednesday, 9 November
- 10.45am – Brexit: new opportunities for farmers and land managers, CLA Director of Policy and Advice Christopher Price
- 11.30am – What you need to consider when planning a diversification project, CLA Chief Surveyor Andrew Shirley
- 12.15pm – Ensuring you have the right insurance, CLA Insurance representative Tim Slinger
- 1.30pm – Rural planning update, CLA Head of Planning Fenella Collins
- 2.15pm – Share farming: an option for enterprising farmers, CLA Director of Policy and Advice Christopher Price
- 3.00pm – Tax implications when considering new business opportunities, CLA Chief Taxation Adviser Louise Speke
Thursday, 10 November
- 10.45am – What you need to consider when planning a diversification project, CLA Chief Surveyor Andrew Shirley
- 11.30am – Tax implications when considering new business opportunities, CLA Chief Taxation Adviser Louise Speke
- 12.15pm – Drones: hobby, commercial opportunity or nuisance?, CLA Legal Adviser Andrew Gillett
- 1.30pm – Rural funding: post Brexit, CLA Senior Rural Business and Economics Adviser Charles Trotman
- 2.15pm – Managing public access on your land, CLA Legal Adviser Andrew Gillett
- 3.00pm – Telecommunications for rural businesses, CLA Senior Rural Business and Economics Adviser Charles Trotman
CLA Head of Planning Fenella Collins will also be taking part in the planning permission panel debate taking place in the Live Debate Theatre on Wednesday at 11am, chaired by CLA Midlands Director Caroline Bedell.