Wednesday 8th November
Thursday 9th November
11.00 - 11.30
Chris Surfleet, Guy Marsden, Daniel Jones and Cath Anthony
Listed Buildings and Heritage Assets: How to make them viable
Owners of Listed Buildings have a duty to maintain those buildings, but often this has simply not been affordable usually due to the buildings no longer having an economic use for their original purpose. For us, the opportunities of radical planning and lateral thinking are greater for buildings that are ''at risk''. We will talk through projects where we have obtained unusual planning consents that make a seemingly impossible situation viable for the owners, put the buildings and site to a suitable and sustainable use, preserve important rural heritage for the long-term future and produce critical capital value or net income stream for our client. Making your Listed Building or Heritage Asset viable is particularly important in an uncertain and ever changing economic and political climate. We will explain how you can diversify and find suitable uses, including examples of leisure and tourism, commercial and residential uses.
11.45 - 12.15
The Rise of the Drones
Drones are everywhere now, what does this mean to you? nothing? well you may be surprised at some of the uses they are being put to today as well as what’s just around the corner. And it isn’t delivering parcels.
12.30 - 13.00
Daniel Jones, Lucie Stone and Cath Anthony and Louise Newton
Diversification - Breathing life and value into rural places and spaces
Diversification is becoming increasingly important in an ever changing and uncertain economic and political climate. Maximising the capital value and net income generation of your farm, estate or holding is often a key objective for rural businesses. This can usually be achieved through utilising existing assets and realising the potential of your property through appropriate diversification schemes. We will talk through projects where we have obtained challenging and unusual planning consents, adding value for owners and creating alternative means of income, leading the development or diversification from inception to completion. We will also discuss a variety of development options, including the application of permitted development rights for the change of use of buildings from agriculture to residential and commercial uses, and leisure and tourism, as well as the importance of implementing the right strategy for your property.
13.15 - 13.45
Team Septic - The Solution to your Pollution
We will be explaining the difference between Septic Tanks, Cess Pits, Sewerage Treatment Systems and Pump Stations, and why they systems are eco-friendly. Our knowledgeable team will welcome your questions and look forward to assisting you with any queries you may have.
14.00 - 14.30
It's a Steal - How easy is it for a customer to steal from your business?
Theft in farm retail is a major issue and this dynamic presentation will explain exactly how theft is carried out and what exactly you can do about it. It also follows a mystery shop where a mystery shopper stole (with permission!) from a farm shop and how easy it was. We explore what you can do to prevent your hard work being spoilt by others.
15.30 - 16.00
Growing organic to meet UK consumer demand
This seminar will describe current trends in the market for organic food and farming across the globe, with special emphasis on the UK. Opportunities for UK farmers and growers to convert to organic production will be explored in detail. Practical information on the process of conversion to organic production will be provided including how to apply for conversion financial support through the Countryside Stewardship Scheme in England. The seminar will also include an exploration of the benefits of organic farming for the environment and the farmer as well as its ability to provide an effective adaptation to the challenges of climate change. Staff from Soil Association Certification will be on hand to assist farmers interested in exploring the potential of organic conversion for their own businesses.