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RICS Rural Conference

Conference Cirencester, 20 Jun 2017

This year’s conference has been expertly put together and will provide you with the most up to date information on key issues of relevance to surveyors operating in the rural sector.

Delivered through presentations, case studies and discussions, this conference will examine topics and key issues affecting you on a daily basis and will guide you through the steps you need to protect your clients’ business.

Sir Peter Kendall from the AHDB will join us as our Keynote Speaker where will take a closer look at how the decision to leave the EU will impact on agriculture, exports and the wider industry.  Further sessions will explore the electronic communications code and the digital economy with reference to compulsory purchase, valuation impacts and compensation implications. Additional sessions will provide timely information and crucial updates on taxation matters, agritech, planning, new markets for land and nature plus many more.

A content map will be produced for each conference session and emailed to delegates after the conference. These visual records will capture the key information from the speakers’ presentation and any subsequent discussion.

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2017 programme

08:30 Registration and Coffee

09:00 Chair’s Opening Remarks
Gerard Smith, Partner, Lacy Scott & Knight and Chairman, RICS Rural Professional Group

09:05 Agriculture and Brexit – challenges and opportunities
• Current outlook
• Alternatives to CAP after 2020?
• Impact of change on the agriculture sector, exports and the industry in general
Sir Peter Kendall, Chairman, AHDB

09:25 Q&A

09:35 New markets for land and nature
• Planning for ecosystem services
• Natural Infrastructure Schemes – new model for better land use?
• Delivering new income streams into farming
Angela Francis, Senior Economist, Green Alliance

10:15 Q&A

10:25 Diversity and inclusion in the rural profession
Lucile Kamar, Equalities Manager, RICS

10:35 Q&A

10:40 Networking refreshment break

11:10 Accounting and taxation update
• Rural property taxation
• Tax efficient structures for rural businesses
Senior Representative, Saffery Champness

11:40 Q&A

11:50 Is the planning system delivering growth?
• Key issues in rural planning
• Residential housing needs – are they being met?
• Business growth and diversification – is it being facilitated?
• What can be done better?
Fenella Collins, Head of Planning, CLA

12:20 Q&A

12:30 Lunch

13:40 Agritech: opportunities for farming and land management
• Monitoring growth
• Optimising quality and yields
• Case studies
Liz Bowels, Head of Farming, Soil Association. Liz will also be joined by a farmer. Further details tbc

14:10 Q&A

14:20 Addressing the perceived failings of short-term land occupation
• Exploring the negative impacts of short-termism
• Ensuring collaborative structures for longer terms strategies
Robert Moore, Rural Practice Surveyor, George F. White and Nuffield Farming Scholar

14:50 Q&A 

15:00 RICS International Standards
• Building on our reputation as the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction
• Why is this important to members? 
• A summary of work undertaken to produce an international suite of stnadards 
Senior representative, RICS

15:30 Q&A

15:40 Telecommunications and the Digital Economy Bill – impact on the telecommunications sector
• Reform of the Electronic Communication Code
• Compulsory purchase
• Valuation impacts and compensation implications of the new code

16:10 Q&A

16:20 Chair’s closing remarks
Gerard Smith, Partner, Lacy Scott & Knight and Chairman, RICS Rural Professional Group

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Price excl. VAT

£135.00 for RICS members

£182.00 for non-members


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