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    • Wednesday

      Keynote Speaker: Richard Sansom

      Richard Sansom - Public Power Solutions

      Large Scale subsidy free Solar opportunities for Landowners

      11.00 - 11.30

      Public Power Solutions are a solar and battery storage developer, 100% owned by Swindon Borough Council, with a track record of delivering large scale projects across the UK. We will discuss how you can make a profit from your underutilised land assets – without government subsidies. Along with a lucrative rent for you as the landowner, our schemes bring genuine community benefits, including local investment opportunities and ongoing community funding “pots”.

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      Keynote Speaker: Mark Penny

      Mark Penny - Energy Solutions (UK) Ltd

      Standalone Hybrid Power Solutions: Helping You to Expand Your Business Without a Grid Connection

      11.45 - 12.15

      This seminar will describe how you can efficiently provide power to offgrid sites potentially bringing previously unused areas of land into effective use. The seminar will guide you through the systems currently available that use a combination of diesel generators, energy storage and renewables. It is designed to help those new to these products understand the benefits of these systems over running a generator 24/7.

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      Keynote Speaker: Rees Keene

      Rees Keene - Over Farm

      Our diversification Story

      12.30 - 13.00

      How Over Farm went from beef and dairy in the 30’s, to hosing music and Halloween festivals, running an airfield, Farm Shop and wedding venue as well as a few other side-lines for good measure.

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      Keynote Speaker: Jess Hall and Louise Newton

      Jess Hall and Louise Newton - Bidwells

      Maximising Development Opportunity: How to Benefit From Permitted Development Rights

      13.15 - 13.45

      There are a range of Permitted Development Rights which exist that may benefit your farm or estate. Updates to legislation last year introduced further opportunity, with the variety and extent of permitted development rights available being greater than ever. However, Local Authorities are increasingly resistant so it is essential to meet the stringent requirements set out in the legislation. In this session give an overview of the various permitted development rights available, how to best utilise them and how to avoid the common pitfalls. We will run through case studies where permitted development has added value or created further opportunity, as well as touching on some recent appeal decisions. This seminar will focus on Class Q (agriculture to residential), Class R (agriculture to commercial) and agricultural (Class A) permitted development rights.

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      Keynote Speaker: John Morris

      John Morris - The Pebble

      Designing Sustainable Accommodation for a Greener Tomorrow

      14.00 - 14.30

      Learn how the team behind the Pebble designed their radical new holiday home with the lowest possible carbon footprint. And discover why the choice of materials, the way they are fabricated and the architectural designs they make possible, can vastly reduce the carbon footprint of the holiday accommodation you can offer. Join company founder John Morris as he shares the story, insights and experience of the Pebble design journey.

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      Keynote Speaker: John Atkinson

      John Atkinson - Rare Breeds Survival Trust

      Back to the Future

      14.45 - 15.15

      Our diversification business, Dodgson Wood is a range of ethical and sustainable micro businesses. The farm itself is an upland beef and sheep farm but we’ve brought rare breeds into our commercial system, run off-grid eco holiday sites, sell raw fleece and finished wool products and make soap from our Jersey cow milk.

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      Keynote Speaker: Rob Copley

      Rob Copley - Farm Retail Association

      Farm Shops: How to run a profitable farm retail business

      15.30 - 16.00

      Are you thinking of opening your own farm shop, but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you’re already running a shop, but need guidance on maximining profits and easing day to day pressures? Rob Copley and Michael Boyle are on hand to discuss the positives and pitfalls they have faced, and how they’ve made farm retail work for them. Offering practical advice and exploring real life scenarios, this workshop will explore the minefield that is farm retailing!

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      Keynote Speaker: Jamie Wilson

      Jamie Wilson - Life Space Cabins

      How Considered Design & Construction Can Give You a Quicker ROI

      16.15 - 16.45

      Having made the decision to diversify we understand that you will want a return on your valuable capital investment as soon as possible. In this informative and visual seminar Jamie’s passion and knowledge for good design and construction will inform you how creating and building considered high quality small spaces will give the maximum life expectancy on structures so could see a far quicker return on your investment. This is the really useful stuff you need to know.

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