Dorset conference to address supply chain challenges

Agricultural industry experts will gather in Dorchester to discuss how producers are doing business and consider whether greater integration with supply chains could pay off.

The conference, organised by AHDB and chaired by farm business expert Mary Quicke, will take place on 14 November 2018 at the Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester.

The day will focus on producers, helping them to consider what they should be thinking about in order to add value, diversify and further integrate with supply chains at home and abroad.

Philip Dolbear AHDB’s Knowledge Exchange manager in the South West, said: “As farm businesses get more involved with their supply chains, this is a great opportunity for farmers to ‘up-skill’ and learn more about the world beyond the farm gate and how to effectively communicate with it.”

Renowned speaker, Dr David Hughes, will bring his extensive global food industry expertise to this South West conference to address how producers can retain power and value in their supply chains amidst an ever-changing economic climate.

A packed programme will look at what is happening in the world food marketplace, its relevance to UK producers, better business management and the economics behind it, plus the skills and knowledge needed to be successful.

Within the schedule, Paul Harris, CEO at Real Success will lead a participative session to look at the communication skills needed in the agricultural sector.  Euryn Jones, Regional Agriculture Bank Manager with HSBC will share his views on the future agricultural economy, including how the bank views business propositions to add value beyond the farm gate.

The conference includes a networking lunch and opens at 10.30am closing at 4pm. For more information and to register please visit:


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