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Herefordshire Rural Business Advice Day 2018

Wednesday 21st November 2018


Drop in anytime from 12.00 noon – 6.00 pm


There will be businesses and organisations offering advice and support on many aspects of farming and rural business, including:-

  • Cross Compliance
  • Farm Management Advice
  • Keeping up with the regulations
  • Diversification
  • Wildlife & Environmental Advice
  • Rural Crime Prevention Measures
  • Specialist Software for Farm Businesses
  • Managing your woodlands
  • Rural Tourism
  • Applying for Planning Permission
  • Advice on the Countryside Stewardship Schemes
  • Renewable energy options
  • “Mud on the Road” & traffic management
  • Farm and rural business insurance
  • Training opportunities 
  • Broadband in Herefordshire
  • Financial & Legal Advice for farms & rural businesses


NRoSO points (2) and BASIS points (5) available

“Herefordshire Hamper” Raffle

Hamper kindly donated by HOPES OF LONGTOWN
Tickets on sale throughout the day.  The draw will take place at the end of the event.

Presentations (no need to book)

12.30pm  Making VAT Digital 

With Thorne Widgery, Hutchinson Partnership, Farmplan, Landmark, & Sum-It

  • Explanation of the requirements
  • Getting ready – what you need to do
  • Some accounts software choices 

2.00pm  Planning for Success.

With Berrys & Thomas Studio Architects

  • A guide on how to secure planning permission on a range of projects including housing schemes and farm diversification projects using real examples to examine the issues involved.

3.00pm  Deal or No Deal?  Where does this leave British farming?

With Tori Morgan, NFU (EU Exit and International Trade Adviser)

  • Health & Harmony Response, and the Agriculture Bill

4.00pm  Don’t be afraid of the Green Future.

With Sharon Chisholm (Environment Agency) & Steve Bellingham (Natural England)

  • Update on the Farming Rules for Water
    A practical explanation of the ‘Farming Rules for Water’ which became law for all farmers in England earlier this year. This is your opportunity to check that you understand the requirements and ask questions about anything you are unsure about.
  • Future Farm Environmental Proposals
    Although there are still unknowns about these future policies, the overall plan and direction is there.
    This is an opportunity to get to grips with the current proposals, to enable you to move the environmental side of your farm business forward.

5.00pm  Rural Crime Prevention.

With Paul Crumpton (WM Police Rural & Business Crime Officer for Herefordshire), Chris Pyemont (Herefordshire Neighbourhood Watch), and Tristan Brooks (Stop That Thief)

  • Effective Communication
  • Don’t be scammed

1-to-1 advice clinics

With the Environment Agency

No need to book for this, first come first served

  • Check out your pesticide practicesSee how your practices compare to best practice, and get some helpful tips and advice for keeping pesticides out of water.  
  • Soil tests – interpretation of the results, and Nutrient planning.  
  • Need help with completing your NVZ Records?  Bring along your own records for advice and checking

With Thorne Widgery

Book a slot in advance – bookings@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk or first come, first served on the day if there is space.

  • Why use Cloud Accounting software
    Find out how your business could benefit from using a Cloud (Online) Accounting package and be ready for Making VAT/Tax Digital – Have a look at the Xero Accounting package and discuss how it would be of benefit to your finance management.

With Tony Peckham (TP Consultancy)

Book a slot in advance – bookings@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk or first come, first served on the day if there is space.

  • Preserve your wealth for future generations 
    Find out how to keep assets in the family protected against key threats such as:- Inheritance Tax; Divorce in the family;  Financial difficulties such as bankruptcy;  Wealth being lost following death and remarriage; and look at issues surrounding passing on farming assets where there are some difficult aspects that probably only affect the farming community.  Also find out more about Lasting Powers of Attorney and why everyone needs them.


We are very pleased that the following organisations and businesses will be attending the 2018 RBA day to offer advice and information (in alphabetical order):-

  • ADAS
  • Animal Health & Trading Standards
  • Berrys
  • Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy
  • Caplor Energy
  • Catchment Sensitive Farming
  • Country Land & Business Association
  • Cross Compliance Solutions Ltd
  • Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire
  • Economic Development Team (Herefordshire Council)
  • Environment Agency
  • Farmers & Mercantile Insurance Brokers
  • Farm Herefordshire Initiative
  • Farmplan Computer Systems
  • Fastershire (Herefordshire Council)
  • Federation of Small Businesses
  • Folk2Folk
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors
  • Herefordshire & Ludlow College
  • Herefordshire Meadows
  • Herefordshire Rural Hub
  • Hoople Ltd
  • Hutchinson Partnership
  • Institute of Agricultural Secretaries & Administrators – Herefordshire branch
  • Landmark Systems Ltd
  • McCartneys LLP
  • Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors
  • Macmillan Mobile Cancer Information & Support Service
  • Moule & Co
  • National Farmers Union (Herefordshire)
  • Natural England
  • Natwest Bank
  • Neighbourhood Watch (Herefordshire)
  • Project Development (Herefordshire Council)
  • Pryor & Rickett Silviculture
  • Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.)
  • Red Tractor Assurance
  • Rural Payments Agency (RPA)
  • Sum-It Computer Systems Ltd
  • Sunderlands
  • Thomas Studio Architects
  • Thorne Widgery
  • West Mercia Police
  • WM Police Cyber Crime & Rural Crime Prevention
  • WM Police Traffic Management
  • WM Police “Stop That Thief” Initiative
  • WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) – Ledbury & Duchy Groups
  • Woodland Trust
  • Wye & Usk Foundation
  • Wyvern Training Services Ltd


We are very grateful to Herefordshire Council (RBA Day Gold Sponsor) and Berrys (RBA Day Silver Sponsor)