How farm­ers will be able to Brexit-proof busi­nesses

Leek Post & Times - - FARMING & COUNTRYSIDE - By James Peck NFU Com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­vi­sor

THE NFU is all set to delve into what farm­ers can do to Brexit-proof their busi­nesses and will also look at a host of other cru­cial top­ics dur­ing our highly-an­tic­i­pated Brexit Con­fer­ence.

Held at the Mid­lands Ma­chin­ery Show in Ne­wark, and with just months to go be­fore Bri­tain leaves the Euro­pean Union, the con­fer­ence will give ev­ery­one a chance to scru­ti­nise the sit­u­a­tion and work out the way for­ward.

We will ex­plore all things Brexit, in­clud­ing timescales for change, the tran­si­tion and new pol­icy timetable – as well as the Agri­cul­ture Bill.

The con­fer­ence, chaired by NFU deputy pres­i­dent, Guy Smith, will also hear from speak­ers from JVFG Con­sult­ing, Stableprice, Bar­clays Bank, De­part­ment for En­vi­ron­ment Food & Ru­ral Af­fairs (De­fra) and the Agri­cul­ture and Hor­ti­cul­ture De­vel­op­ment Board (AHDB).

The NFU’S EU exit and in­ter­na­tional trade di­rec­tor, Nick von Westen­holz, will update mem­bers on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments, give an over­view of NFU ac­tiv­ity and scan the 12 months that will fol­low as we exit the EU.

Last year, guests looked at how the agri sup­ply chain was be­ing pre­pared for life out­side the EU at our in­au­gu­ral Brexit Con­fer­ence, ‘Busi­ness after Brexit.’

This year, we are turn­ing things 180 de­grees to look at what farm­ers can do to build Brexit re­silience into their busi­ness.

So join us on Novem­ber 21 to in­ves­ti­gate the el­e­ments of your busi­ness that you can take con­trol of and learn prac­ti­cal steps to im­prove the fu­ture of your busi­ness in a post-brexit land­scape.

The event is free and all mem­bers are wel­come, but regis­tra­tion is es­sen­tial.

To book your place, con­tact the NFU re­gional of­fice on 01572 824250. Re­fresh­ments and lunch will be pro­vided.

The Mid­lands Ma­chin­ery Show is a two-day show and one of the fastest grow­ing events in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor since its in­cep­tion in 2013.

Aimed at farm­ers and agri­cul­tural con­trac­tors, and with more than 260 ex­hibitors, it’s a great place to do busi­ness. Visit www.mid­lands­ma­chin­ for more in­for­ma­tion and to regis­ter.

Sheep in Tiss­ing­ton, by Roy Rus­sell.

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