Pioneering rural business event launched

The Energy and Rural Business Show is a pioneering event which comes from the creators of The Energy Now Expo. It will showcase the latest opportunities for farms both now and in the future and is designed for farmers, landowners and rural businesses looking to maximise profitable and sustainable land use.

Taking place next February 6th and 7th in Telford International Centre, the show has been created due to popular demand and for the first time it will bring three key areas together, which are set to define farm businesses going forward.

The Energy Now Expo, celebrating ten years of success, will be joined by the Rural Business Expo and the Low-Emission Vehicles Expo.

“We’re responding to the industry which needs a progressive event for farms of the future. The show will provide rural business owners and farmers with expert advice about how to go about setting up initiatives which make good business sense for the long-term,” says David Jacobmeyer, director of the Energy and Rural Business Show.

“The farm of the future has the potential to become an important source of renewable fuel and energy, as well as food. There is now a greater need for localised renewable energy and if the government’s target to ban diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040 is to be met, we will need new sustainable refuelling infrastructure in rural areas. Farms could become key players in the production and supply of renewable transport fuels.

“The next few years for farms is uncertain but there are some fantastic opportunities for rural businesses wanting to not only ‘future-proof’ but to drive change and we’re planning on showcasing the most innovative diversification options available in one space over two days,” adds David.

Jonathan Scurlock, NFU chief adviser for renewable energy and climate change is positive about the event changes afoot. “As the voice of British farming, the NFU is pleased to welcome the union of Energy Now Expo with the Low Emission Vehicles Expo and Rural Business Expo. Over the past decade, farmer interest in diversifying into new income streams from the low-carbon economy has been well-served by this annual exhibition and conference in Telford, which is now embracing renewable transport vehicles and refuelling.”

The Low-Emission Vehicles Expo will have on-stand demos and presentations and the latest vehicles and machinery for rural businesses on show. Energy Now Expo will feature an exhibition, a dedicated energy storage theatre, a one-to-one advice clinic, and conference streams devoted to each type of renewable energy. The Rural Business Expo will have ‘how to’ workshops from industry experts and farmers who have implemented successful new business ventures or have integrated new projects with existing initiatives.

The event is free to attend, and places can be booked today: http://www.energyandruralbusiness.co.uk/visit/register-to-visit.

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.