We are delighted to confirm that The Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will make the keynote address at this years' virtual conference. Don't miss his speech live at 09:45 on 29 September.
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Welcome to the Farming & Rural Business Community's first virtual conference.
Are we about to see the fourth agricultural revolution, a brave new post-brexit world or the end of UK agriculture as we know it? Join us over two virtual days and hear about the challenges and issues faced by farming and rural communities and the solutions and opportunities available.
The programme has been tailored to help you stay ahead of the latest changes in the Farming sector. Informative sessions and industry leading speakers will cover a range of practical and technical issues to keep you up to date, enabling you to provide your clients with the expert level of service they need in this ever changing sector.
By attending this conference, you will hear about:
"A very informative and enjoyable Farming and Rural Business Conference, with a great range of topics and speakers. I would recommend the conference to all who advise in the rural business sector." - Past Delegate 2019
"Great speakers...an interesting and informative day." - Past Delegate 2019
"This was the first time I had attended the Farming & Rural Business Conference and I was not disappointed. There was an excellent mix of speakers covering a wide range of very topical issues." - Past Delegate 2018
Welcome introduction from chairman
George will provide first hand insights into current developments in farming policy reform
George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affair
Tenancy reform including APR withdrawal and potential implications of the Agriculture Bill
- What the tenancy provisions of the Agriculture Act will mean for our clients
- Legal cases and other recent developments
- Is there more to come? What do TRIG say?
Anita Symington and Philip Whitcomb, Moore Barlow
Grab a drink!
A comprehensive tax update
- FA 2020
- Coronavirus measures and the tax consequences
- Budgetary and treasury statements
Bob Trunchion, Tax Partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson
Chairman's round up
End of day one
The business of farming - using financial technology to support farmers in a period of change
David Kirby, James Higgie and Nick Barraclough, Figured
The outlook for British farming
- Promises, prices and prospects
- Harvest 2019 outturn
- Prospects for 2020 and beyond
Richard King, Partner and Head of Business Research, The Andersons Centre
Creating a new countryside: Restoring biodiversity in the UK through environmental markets
- Where are we going on the environment?
- What is Natural Capital?
- How can your clients share in the planning gains of others?
Professor David Hill, Chairman, Environment Bank
Close of conference and chairman round up
After several years working in the family farming business, George Eustice gained several years' political campaign experience. He worked on the anti-euro 'No Campaign', as Campaign Director between 1999 and 2003. He was then the Conservative Party's Head of Press under Michael Howard between 2003 and the 2005 General Election. He was David Cameron's Press Secretary from June 2005 until the end of 2007 and was part of his campaign team during the leadership contest. George was first elected as MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle in May 2010. He has championed economic regeneration in Cornwall and was active on the No2AV campaign against the adoption of the Alternative Vote system. George actively campaigned for Britain to leave the European Union, stating that he wants to see Ministers and their Civil Servants have the freedom to start thinking policy ideas through from first principles. George was a member of the Environment and Rural Affairs Select Committee. He concentrated on a variety of issues including water poverty in rural areas and dangerous dog legislation. In 2013 he was appointed on to the Downing Street Policy Board, with responsibility for Energy and the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) that same year and then Minister of State in 2015 with responsibility for agriculture, fisheries and food. George's other work also included presenting a Private Members Bill giving new protection to borrowers who offer lenders a security interest over their assets. He successfully campaigned to protect Cornwall's policing budget and extend the £50 rebate on water bills in the South West. George was re-elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle in the 2019 General Election and in February 2020 was made Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs.
Professor David Hill CBE is chairman and founding owner of The Environment Bank Ltd which he set up in 2006 to introduce the concept of compensation, via biodiversity offsetting and habitat banking, into the UK because of his concerns at the way biodiversity was treated within the planning and development sector. David’s concept of biodiversity compensation, ensuring developments provide net gains to biodiversity, has been embedded in the government’s 25-year Environment Plan and National Planning Policy Framework. In March 2019 the Government announced that the idea is to be made a mandatory requirement of the planning and development control system.
Anita Symington has over 30 years’ experience in private practice in advising farms and estates on a wide number of matters relating to farming and rural business. She was also a former Chief Legal Adviser to the CLA and has extensive contacts throughout the agricultural industry. Currently sitting on the CLA Legal and Property Rights Committee and has written and lectured on a wide range of subjects relating to rural property and consistently featured as a Leader in previous guides.
Richard King MRICS, Partner & Head of Business Research at The Andersons Centre
Philip Whitcomb work’s in the private wealth team and specialises in succession planning, asset protection, heritage law and tax advice for individuals, trusts and family businesses. His clients include owners of landed estates, farmers, high-net-worth individuals and their families. Philip’s uses his extensive knowledge and practical experience to advise clients on the issues arising in estate planning including the tax efficient ownership of agricultural, business and heritage property.
Whilst Bob Truncheon qualified in the audit department of a big four firm, he soon moved to their Corporation Tax Department, His move to MacIntyre Hudson in 1985 has rounded off his knowledge so that he is well versed in all aspects of tax. As well as advising clients on a consultancy basis, Bob is mainly involved in heading up tax training both in the firm and in our specialist training arm (www.mhasllp.com). He also spearheads the firm’s offering in training non financial managers and directors in understanding accounts (Financial Training Services) on all manner of transactions. Whilst he is deeply involved in training, he has appeared on national radio and television talking about IHT. Bob believes that simple solutions are often the best ones with taxation.
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