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Herefordshire Rural Business Advice Day 2019

The 10th Herefordshire RBA Day is on

Wednesday 20th November 2019

at the Three Counties Hotel, Belmont Road, Hereford, HR2 7BP

FREE ENTRY – call in any time between 12noon and 6pm

NRoSO 2 points     BASIS – 5 points

Lots of stands representing many aspects farming and rural business 

Good Soil Management
Specialist Software for Farm Businesses
Advice on the Countryside Stewardship Schemes
RDPE Grants
Training Opportunities Available in Herefordshire
Broadband in Herefordshire
Diversifying within your rural business
Letting (short/long term) advice
Renewable energy options and advice
Financial Advice
Legal Advice for Farms & Rural Businesses
Wildlife & Environmental Advice
Rural Crime Prevention Measures
Managing Your Woodlands
Applying for Planning Permission
Farm Management Advice
Cloud Accounting systems for Making Tax Digital
“FarmBench” Benchmarking for Arable Farmers

Jade from “Out & About Poultry” (farm blogger of the year), will be there if you would like some tips on how to promote your business using Social Media

Herefordshire Hamper Raffle – to be drawn on the day

Hamper kindly donated by Hopes of Longtown


As well as all the stands there are ….


There is no need to book for these presentations.

“Review, renew and improve your business – a guide to assessing your current position and implementing the right kind of change”
ith Moule & Co and Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solictors

Hannah & Esther will talk through how to objectively assess your current business in light of a changing political, statutory and economic landscape. Where appropriate, adding a further enterprise on the farm can be the right decision, so we will also talk through how to make sure diversification fits in with your existing farming business, what is the right type of diversification project, how to research and assess the viability of your proposed project and finally a run through of all of various factors you need to know about starting a new business.

“Letting out your land / farm buildings / cottages? – Get it right & avoid the pitfalls”
with Berrys and CLA

Considerations before letting out property, including compliance with statutory requirements when renting out dwellings, getting holiday lets right and making sure you have the correct agreement in place for farms and any non-agricultural activities taking place.

“Navigating Brexit”
with the NFU’s Chief EU Exit and International Trade Adviser

“Understanding Ammonia emissions from your farm, to benefit your business and the environment”
with Catchment Sensitive Farming

Farming is one of the most significant contributors to UK emissions of ammonia gas and the Government is bound by challenging legal targets to reduce these.  Come along to find out how you can reduce ammonia emissions on your farm and the free specialist advice available from your Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer  to help your business  and  to save money.

FREE 1-to-1 Advice Clinics

Please book your slot for these 1-to-1 clinics in advance.
Email Frances at bookings@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk
First come, first served for remaining slots on the day.

Get to grips with your Xero Cloud Accounting package (with Thorne Widgery)

Get to grips with your QuickBooks Cloud Accounting package (with The Hutchinson Partnership)

Come along for practical help and advice on these Cloud Accounting programs if …

  • you have only just started using them for Making VAT Digital, and have some basic questions

  • you have been using these Cloud accounting packages for a while and want to find out how to make better use of them

  • you are thinking of using them in the future


Preserving your wealth for future generations (with TP Consultancy)

  • 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.

FREE Drop-in Clinics

First come, first served on the day.

Check Out Your Pesticide Practices

  • See how your practices compare to best practice, and get some helpful tips and advice for keeping pesticides out of water.
  • Work through the simple “Check It Out” survey for “Pesticide Handling Areas”
    and “Field Practice”, with an advisor.
  • You will get follow-up advice and recommendations on the day.

Need Help with Completing Your NVZ Records?

  • Make sure you have got them right! – Bring along your own records for checking and advice.

Farming Rules for Water  //   SSAFO Regulations

  • Get your questions answered!




For further information, please contact Frances Keogh 
Email: admin@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk
Tel: 01432 268 428


We are very grateful to our Gold Sponsor Herefordshire Council and our Silver Sponsor Berrys



We are very pleased that the following organisations and businesses have already signed up to attend the RBA day, to offer advice and information (in alphabetical order):-

Agri Advisor
Animal Health & Trading Standards
Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy
Brightspace Foundation
Caplor Energy Ltd
Carers Trust 4all
Catchment Sensitive Farming
Country Land & Business Association (CLA)
Davis Meade Property Consultants Ltd
DJM Consulting
Economic Development Team (Herefordshire Council)
Environment Agency
Farm Herefordshire Initiative
Farmplan Computer Systems
Fastershire (Herefordshire Council)
Fisher German LLP
Forestry Commission
Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors
Herefordshire & Ludlow College
Herefordshire Meadows
Herefordshire Rural Hub
Hutchinson Partnership
Institute of Agricultural Secretaries & Administrators (Herefordshire branch)
KODA Architects Ltd
Landmark Systems Ltd
Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors
Macmillan Mobile Cancer Information & Support Service
Marches Growth Hub (Herefordshire Council)
McCartneys LLP
Mortimer Rose Wealth Management
Moule & Co
National Farmers Union (Herefordshire)
Natural England
Natural Flood Management Project – Wye & Lugg (Herefordshire Council)
Natwest Bank (Agriculture)
Red Tractor Assurance
Rural Payments Agency (RPA)
Sum-It Computer Systems Ltd
Tenant Farmers Association
Thomas Studio Architects
Thorne Widgery
TP Consultancy
West Mercia Police – Rural & Business Crime Officers and “Stop That Thief”
Woodland Trust
Wye & Usk Foundation
Wyvern Training Services Ltd