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Herefordshire Rural Business Advice Day 2017

Herefordshire Rural Business Advice Day

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

At the Three Counties Hotel, Belmont Road, Hereford, HR2 7BP


Come along anytime from 12.00 noon – 7.00 pm

For further information contact Frances, event organiser, at admin@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk

Lots of stands representing many aspects of farming and rural business

Cross Compliance Advice

Specialist Software for Farm Businesses

Business Management, Planning & Start-up

Advice on the Countryside Stewardship Schemes

Training opportunities available in Herefordshire

Apprenticeship Schemes for Land Based Industries

Up to date information on Broadband in Herefordshire

Financial & Legal Advice for Farms & Rural Businesses

Renewable Energy Options

Wildlife & Environmental Advice

Local Grants & Funding opportunities

Rural Crime Prevention Measures

Fire prevention & safety advice

Business tips for diversification

Managing your woodlands

Planning application advice

Rural Tourism


NRoSO and BASIS points available

Drop-in advice clinics with the Environment Agency

First come, first served.  No need to book in advance for these

  • Check out your pesticide practices – See how your practices compare to best practice, and get some helpful tips and advice for keeping pesticides out of water.  Work through the simple “Check It Out” survey for “Pesticide Handling Areas” and “Field Practice”, with an advisor.  You will get follow-up advice and recommendations on the day.
  • Need help with completing your NVZ Records?  Bring along your own records for checking and advice.

Drop-in advice clinic for your computer IT and digital queries

First come, first served.  No need to book in advance for this

  • An opportunity to ask an expert about your computer and online IT queries.

Free 1-to-1 Advice Clinics

If you would like to book your slot in advance for these advice clinics, please contact Frances (email: admin@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk   or tel: 01432 353465)

Preserve your wealth for future generations (with Thorne Widgery)
Find out how to keep assets in the family protected against key threats such as:- Inheritance Tax; Children’s Divorce;  Bankruptcy;  Wealth being lost following death and remarriage.
Also find out more about Lasting Powers of Attorney and why everyone should consider them.

Why use Cloud Accounting software (with Thorne Widgery)
Find out how your business could benefit from using a Cloud (Online) Accounting package and be ready for Making Tax Digital – it’s coming!!
Have a look at the Xero Accounting package and discuss how it would be of benefit to your finance management.

How you need to prepare for the new data protection rules (GDPR) (with Harrison Clark Rickerbys)
– from 2.30pm
Answering your specific questions on the new data protection rules.

Mike Donovan, editor of “Practical Farm Ideas” magazine will be at the RBA Day, to meet farmers, discuss some “good ideas”, and give away some back issues of the magazine!


No need to book for these

12.45pm   “Brexit: where we are, what it means, and what we can do.”

Both prior to and ever since the vote to the leave the EU, the NFU has fully engaged in the debate. The NFU EU Exit & International Trade team, formed earlier this year, is tasked with coordinating the organisation’s work to analyse economic and political developments, develop NFU policy in the face of these and promote these positions to government, industry and the wider public. With Brexit negotiations in full swing, this presentation will aim to shed light on the process through the four lenses of policy priorities that the NFU has identified: trade, labour, domestic agricultural policy and regulation.  It will seek to explore some the implications of Brexit, what they may mean for the sector and what the NFU is doing to get the best outcome.
With Tom Keen, National Farmers Union EU Exit & International Trade Advisor


1.45pm  “What will the new Data Protection rules mean for you?”

The new GDPR (General Data Protections Regulations) will become law in the UK on May 25th 2018.
–  What is GDPR?
–  Who does it affect?
–  Do I need to do anything?
–  What are the actions I need to take?
The regulations will apply to the vast majority of businesses, from the sole trader to the multinational corporation – and the clock is ticking loudly

As yet, many businesses have not taken steps to ensure that they will comply with the regulations, but the potential penalties for non-compliance are substantial, both in financial and reputational terms.
Richard Evans (Nominas UK) will give an overview of the regulations, along with a twelve step action plan to help you to work towards compliance with the regulations and protect your business.

2.45pm “Talking Grazing”

Planned rotational grazing and mob grazing systems for livestock. 
Practicalities and economics of out-wintering livestock without hay, on even the most challenging soil types.
with Rob Havard, local farmer, and Natural England Lead Advisor
and Rob Manning, local farmer


3.45 pm “Managing your Woodland – Opportunity or Liability?”

Some practical tips and advice for farmers and woodland owners.
With Pryor & Rickett Silviculture


4.45pm “Aiming for a Fiesta or a Ferrari?”

An exciting seminar aimed at focussing how you approach diversification planning, with an easy, clear 4-step plan.  We will discuss what type of business will suit you, where should you focus your attention, how to assess your ideas and their feasibility, key practical issues that you need to consider.
With Hannah Moule, Rural Chartered Surveyor (Moule & Co. and The Business Barn)

5.45pm “Changes to the Red Tractor Assurance Schemes for Crops and Beef & Lamb”

The changes;  Why have they been bought in;  What YOU need to do.
With Charlotte Johnston, Red Tractor Assurance

We are very pleased that the following organisations and businesses will be attending the RBA Day, to offer advice and information (in alphabetical order):-

Animal Health & Trading Standards (Herefordshire Council)


Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy

Brightspace Foundation

Caplor Energy

Catchment Sensitive Farming

Campaign for the Farmed Environment (Herefordshire)

Country Land & Business Association

Cross Compliance Solutions Ltd 

Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire

Economic Development Team (Herefordshire Council)

Environment Agency

Farm Herefordshire Initiative

Farmplan Computer Systems

Fastershire (Herefordshire Council)


Forestry Commission

Global Phones

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Herefordshire & Ludlow College

Herefordshire Rural Hub

Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service

Hoople Ltd

Hutchinson Partnership

Institute of Agricultural Secretaries & Administrators (Herefordshire)

Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors

Leader Funding (Herefordshire Council)

McCartneys LLP

Moule & Co

National Farmers Union (Herefordshire)

Natural England

Natwest Bank

Practical Farm Ideas Magazine

Project Development (Herefordshire Council)

Pryor & Rickett Silviculture

Red Tractor Assurance

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.)

Rural Payments Agency (RPA)

Sastak 7Y Ltd


The Business Barn

Thomas Studio Architects

Thorne Widgery

West Mercia Police

WM Police Cyber Crime & Rural Crime Prevention teams

Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) Herefordshire – Duchy and Ledbury groups

Woodland Trust

Wye & Usk Foundation

Wyevale Nurseries

Wyvern Training Services


We are very grateful to Herefordshire Council (Gold sponsor) and Berrys (Silver sponsor)

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