The Farming & Rural Business Conference is taking place virtually on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 September 2021. It has been designed for professionals who want to stay ahead of the latest changes in the sector. Watch live or on demand and get unique insights from experts and working farmers.
Technical and practical sessions will explore challenges and opportunities on the farm, the impact of Covid-19 and look to the future. Stay up to date and provide your clients with the expert level of service they need in a world of uncertainty.
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Please note that the programme is subject to change
Chairman’s welcome and introduction
David Missen, ICAEW Farming & Rural Business Community Subject Matter Expert
Rural property and rural business
Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Advisor at CAAV will talk about post-Brexit world with climate change and new technology, farming and rural land use face a generation’s change in a decade. Jeremy will give a view of economics and developing agricultural, environmental and planning policies
At the sharp end...
From the frontline, hear from livestock farmer Andrea & Charley Walker and Dairy farmer Peter Alvis, Lye Cross Farm.
Facing the future for family farms
Christopher Coupland, Partner from Birketts Solicitors will speak about the changes to trade, changes to agricultural and environmental support, an aging farmer population and the backdrop of Government seeking to recover expenditure incurred during the pandemic present a challenging set of circumstances for the family farm. In this session we will seek to discuss the broad ways of how family farming businesses can adapt, cooperate and seek to drive efficiencies.
Facing into the Farm Management Challenges of the next 5 years
Nick Shorter Managing director of Velcourt will look at the challenges, opportunities and need to change facing the UK’s largest farm management company and its landowning clients over the coming years. Exploring the need to see land use, technology, enterprise mix, markets, commercial arrangements and people very differently in the future.
Chairman's round up
Will Nixey, Martin and Company Accountants
Outlook for UK Farming
Richard King, Head of Business Research at The Andersons Centre, provides an overview of the prospects for the farming industry looking at policy, markets and profitability.
Figured & Xero - Delivering with Ambition
David Kirby, UK & Ireland Managing Director, and James Higgie, Figured will take you through our observations of the dynamics in the market, the benefits of the combined Xero/Figured platform in that context and how those who are executing are succeeding. Our final subject will be an indication of our future product direction.
Future opportunities from current business uncertainty
Mark Frary, Financial Director of Dyson Farming will discuss several areas including Covid-19 and Brexit: direct and indirect impacts across operations, people and pricing; Prospects: the trends Dyson Farming are seeing and their continued plans to bring consumers into the business; and Subsidy Reform: the regenerative farming they’ve undertaken, why doing the right thing regarding consumer trends is the best way of dealing with current uncertainty around ELMS and how they envisage it could influence future decisions.
Kevin Igoe, Managing Director at Professional Fee Protection, will discuss how to reduce the risk of a tax enquiry and how to deal with common issues and mistakes raised by HMRC. He will cover HMRC powers, the rights of farming clients and what they can expect from HMRC moving forward.
Chairman’s closing remarks
David Missen, Consultant, Larking GowenDavid is a former partner, and consultant to Larking Gowen. Based in East Anglia, specialising in agriculture and associated private client work, David has an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting businesses and individuals in the farming industry.
Will Nixey, FCA CTA, Martin and Company Chartered Accountants
Will grew up in the farming industry and is still involved in the family farming business. This has led to his specialisation within the agricultural and landed estates sectors. Together with private clients his other clients include both incorporated and unincorporated owner managed businesses. As a member of the ICAEW Farming & Rural Business committee and also a member of the Chartered Tax Advisors, Will spends most of his time providing business and tax advice to the rural sector and private individuals.
Kevin Igoe, Managing Director, Professional Fee ProtectionKevin Igoe CTA joined PFP in 1995 and was appointed Managing Director in 2013. Prior to that he worked at HMRC and one of the "top 4" accountancy firms. He has seen over 28,000 HMRC investigations and enquiries. He is Chairman of the UK Tax Investigations Conference and is seen as one of the UK's leading experts in HMRC Tax Investigations and Enquiries.
Richard King, Partner and Head of Business Research, The Anderson CentreRichard was bought up on a mixed family farm on the Oxfordshire/ Buckinghamshire borders. He attended Harper Adams College, Shropshire and gained a BSc (Hons) in Rural Enterprise and Land Management and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1997. Richard joined Andersons Research team in Melton Mowbray in 1998. The team analyses and interprets agricultural policy and market developments, and provides specialist business research, training, briefings, and publishes information. He became editor of the Agricultural Budgeting and Costing Book in 2000 and joined the Andersons Centre Partnership in 2003. He is a member of the CAAV’s Farming and Environment Committee. On a personal level he is married with three daughters. His interests include watching low-quality football (supporting Oxford United), and playing golf and squash badly.
Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Adviser, CAAV Secretary and Adviser to the CAAV since 1995 as well as an independent adviser. He deals with governments in Whitehall, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – and previously Brussels - and other bodies as well as with many practical issues and questions posed by valuers, farmers, owners and others. He is the Visiting Professor of Rural Land Management and Policy at the RAU and vice chairman of the European Valuation Standards Board. After over three decades of rounds of CAP reform, now heavily involved with post-Brexit policies with governments and other organisations, including how major improvements farming economics might be achieved with farm structures, land occupation and use, sitting on DEFRA’s Agricultural Productivity Task Force, and recently published a paper on Future Rural Land Uses in the UK. He has worked, written and spoken on a wide range of other legislation from taxation to the recent Electronic Communications Code governing masts and cables, also addressing conferences abroad from Portugal to China. He is tackling emerging issues such as soils, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and natural capital and public goods alongside, sustainability for valuations of property and businesses and the debate on land value capture from development.
Mark Frary, Financial Director, Dyson Farming
Having graduated from the University of Leicester in Economics, Mark has 20 years’ experience of finance leadership across technology, consumer goods and retail businesses, notably 7 years working with Waitrose and John Lewis. He is CIMA qualified, and has a track record of driving insight, control and finance transformation.
Andrea & Charley Walker, Barnside Farms,
Charley and Andrea farm an upland beef and sheep farm near Duns in the Scottish Borders with their children Tom and Jessica. 120 Angus Cross cows and 540 wool shedding ewes are run on a low input, organic farming system. An innovative paddock grazing system is used to mimic migratory grazing behaviour,maximise the use of pasture and improve soil health. Charley and Andrea won Grassland Manager of the Year in the 2019 Farmers Weekly Awards and Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year at Agriscot 2017. They have also received awards for sustainability and conservation in agriculture. Charley is a 2007 Nuffield Scholar and 2008 ASDA Beeflink Scholar. His Nuffield report entitled “Easier managed sheep and beef cattle” received the award for the report considered to be of most use to UK farmers. Charley and Andrea both have degrees in Agriculture from Harper Adams University College (1991-95).
Peter Alvis, Dairy Farmer, Ley Cross Farm
Peter is Managing Director of Alvis Bros Ltd. a family farming and cheese making business. Employing 140 people the business is farming approximately 4,000 acres in total, about half is down to arable production the rest dedicated to milking approximately 1,000 cattle and associated young stock in 2 herds, one dairy farm is producing conventional milk the other organic. All milk from the farm goes to cheese making along with milk from 30 other local farms to produce c.4,500 tonnes of conventional and organic cheese per annum, cheese is matured and packed on site ready for customers around the world. Recent years have seen strong sales growth in exports to many countries both inside and outside the EU. Away from home Peter is currently Chairman of The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers – RABDF, and also co-chairs an industry group advising government on development of legislation for the implementation of its Clean Air Strategy for Dairy and Intensive Beef farms.
Christopher Coupland, Partner, Birketts Solicitors
Chris qualified as a Solicitor in July 2002 and joined Birketts in 2005. He is a Partner and Head of our Agriculture and Estates Team. Chris specialises in agricultural land transactions, both in respect of sales and purchases and also acting for landlords and tenants in relation to agricultural tenancy issues. Chris has a particular specialism in acting for landowners in relation to renewable energy leases and leads the firm’s agricultural banking function acting for both banks and landowners in relation to secured borrowing. He also deals with a wide range of private client work including lifetime tax planning.
Nick Shorter, Managing Director, Velcourt
In 2014 Nick was appointed to the Board of Velcourt Ltd as Farms Director for the South where he has grown the operation to include to 14 Farm Managers on 32 farms across a diverse range of arable and mixed farming practice from Kent to Dorset totalling c 20,000ha. In addition, Nick also oversees Velcourts national agronomy business with 6 agronomists advising a further 39,000ha. Nick also has overall responsibility for Velcourt’s HR and training. In April 2021 Nick was appointed to the role of Velcourt Ltd Managing Director overseeing the whole operational activity of Velcourt’s farming and advisory business in the UK and overseas.
David Kirby, UK & Ireland Managing Director, Figured
A Yorkeshireman with an interest in tech and innovation, David moved to NZ for a few months…which eventually turned into five years. He has previously led strategy and change across retail, banking and supermarkets both in the UK and New Zealand. With a head for transformation, innovation and thought leadership, he is now leading the charge for Figured in the UK & Ireland.
James Higgie, Channel Sales Manager UK & Ireland, FiguredA Kiwi transplant with a background in Agriculture & Technology. James has worked with Figured across NZ, Australia, UK & Ireland over the previous 5 years. Now working with the UK team James is the primary point of contact for the Figured Advisor Channel. The combination of practical farm experience in NZ coupled with the experience of multiple international markets with Figured has allowed James to work with Figured customers from both sides of the farm gate.
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