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RICS Rural Mid-Session Conference

Conference Perth, 23 Nov 2017

Guiding you through the latest changes in Scotland's rural sector.

RICS Rural Mid-Session conference returns to Battleby on 23 November 2017 and will provide you with the opportunity to further your knowledge in the rural sector. Join us as we discuss what role the rural profession can play to support Scotland's forests and to increase their value and contribution to the environment and the economy. Further sessions such as business rates and renewables will look at renewable energy schemes and what the rate reliefs and liability are likely to be for hydro, wind and solar projects.

As the rural sector starts embracing technological change, how do you ensure you make the best use of technology? Discover the Government's new digital strategy and find out how emerging technologies are likely to transform the profession. Additional sessions will also look closely at farming opportunities for new entrants, compulsory purchase orders, crucial taxation update and land re-use strategies for contaminated sites.

It’s about more than just a rural conference

Networking is a critical part of working in this sector, but as a busy professional it can be a struggle to find the time to do this effectively.

With this in mind we've set aside time in the day to give you a chance to catch up with your peers and network with our expert panel of speakers.

On top of that, attending the event also gives you 5 hours of formal CPD to tick off against your annual 20-hour requirement.

Here’s a sample of what your day will involve

The main purpose of the conference is to add value to your practice. Here's some of what we'll be covering:

Keynote address: Supporting Scotland’s forests

Jo O’Hara, Head of Forestry Commission Scotland, joins us as our keynote speaker to discuss innovation and the skills gap in the forestry sector and what is needed to ensure a skilled and diverse workforce for the sector to make substantial contribution to Scotland’s economy.

Compulsory Purchase Orders

Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO) are essential to development and can be a very complex area. Following the recent changes to CPO legislations in England, Scotland is expected to follow suit shortly. Find out what these changes are likely to be and learn more about the latest RICS Professional Statement relating to CPOs which outlines mandatory behaviours and competencies.

Digital innovation: how will emerging technologies transform the rural profession?

Technology is fast changing but do you know how to harness it so you can make more informed decisions and minimise costs? Mike Edwards from Ocuair joins us to discuss the latest technologies that are already transforming the rural profession

Farming Opportunities for New Entrants

The Scottish Government’s commitment to increase new entrants in the farming sector has led to the creation of Farming Opportunities for New Entrants (FONE). Find out more about this new initiative and how FONE is working to identify land for new entrant farmers.

Here’s what to do next

The price of this conference is £85 +VAT for RICS professionals.

For non-RICS professionals the conference is £115 +VAT.

RICS member rate £85 + VAT
Non-member rate £115 + VAT

We've also got some great group discounts when you book your seats together with your colleagues:

  • Book 3 or more places and get 10% off
  • Book 5 or more places and get 15% off
  • Book 7 or more places and get 20% off

As soon as you've placed your booking you'll get an email from us confirming your place with further details on what happens next.

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2017 Programme

09:30 Registration and coffee

10:00 Chair’s Opening Remarks
John Hillis,
RICS Rural and Geomatics Professional Group, Scotland

10:05 Keynote address: Supporting Scotland's Forests

  • Contribution to Scotland's economy
  • Ensuring a skilled and diverse future workforce
  • Encouraging innovation in the sector
  • The future of the Forestry Commission

Jo O'Hara, Head of Forestry Commission Scotland

10:35 Farming opportunities for new entrants

  • The need to attract new entrants to the sector
  • Grant schemes available
  • Selection criteria and eligibility

Henry Graham, Chair, FONE

11:05 Networking break

11:35 Taxation

  • Taxation of let property
  • Financial complexities of employing people
  • IHT (including APR & BPT) and CGT options

Margi Campbell, Senior Manager, Saffery Champness

12:15 Business rates and renewables

  •  Business rates relief for companies in the renewable energy sectors
  • Cap for small scale hydro projects
  • Full or partial business rate relief

Odell Milne, Partner, Brodies

12:55 Lunch

13:40 Land re-use strategies for contaminated sites

  • Considerations of a site as a whole and being judicious about the concept of “suitable for use
  • How development sites can reuse and recycle all but the most contaminated materials within a site

Gen Cannibal, Managing Director, Babbity Environmental

14:20 Compulsory Purchase Order

  • The Scottish Law Commission Review
  • CPO reforms in England – what can we learn from it?
  • RICS Professional Statement

Calum Innes, Partner, Galbraith

15:00 Networking break

15:30 Digital innovation: how will emerging technologies transform the rural profession

  • Examining new in the surveying profession
  • Identifying building defects and energy loss in properties
  • PropTech and digital asset management
  • Use of emerging technologies in a rural setting

Mike Edwards, Director, Ocuair

16:10 Closing keynote: implementing Digital Scotland

  • The Scottish Government’s new digital strategy
  • The rural economy and connectivity
  • Challenges and how to overcome them

Alan Johnston, Deputy Director of Connectivity, Economy and Participation, Scottish Government

16:45 Chair’s closing remarks and close of conference
John Hillis, RICS Rural and Geomatics Professional Group, Scotland

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£115.00 for non-members

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