NFU business symposium

The NFU will hold its first Business Symposium that will bring together British agriculture’s advisors – such as land agents, bankers, accountants – to discuss the risks and opportunities that lie ahead for the sector.

Held at NFU Headquarters in Stoneleigh tomorrow, the event will talk professional advisors through today’s political realities influencing British farming’s future to ensure they can give the best service to their customers.

The programme focuses on future policy, finance, knowledge exchange and managing business change with presentations from:

  • NFU President Meurig Raymond
  • NFU Director of Policy Andrew Clark
  • AHDB Director of Knowledge Exchange Dr Susannah Bolton
  • Barclays Bank Head of Agriculture Mark Suthern
  • Proagri partner and farmer Tom Bradshaw
  • Promar International Consultancy Manager Nigel Davies

NFU President Meurig Raymond, who will be opening the event, said: “Following Brexit the British agricultural sector could see great change. During this time and the forseeable future, it’s essential that our members have full access to the best advice for their business.

“We know for certain there will be elements of business adjustment for farmers in this country. Now is the time to collaborate with the people and companies delivering business advice so that farmers, with their help, are able to plan for the future well.

“These professional services are integral to the future of food and farming – an industry worth £112 billion to the UK economy, employing 3.8 million people across the UK.

“This Business Symposium, the first of its kind in NFU history, is set to bring together over 70 professionals from a variety of institutions – all influential in their fields. Together, in a united voice, we will ensure that farming is able to seize Brexit as an opportunity.”

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