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RICS Rural Conference, Preston

Get up-to-date with the latest market conditions and RICS guidance notes

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Thu 15 Nov 2018
09:00 AM - 04:45 PM
Preston Marriott Hotel, Garstang Road, Broughton, Preston, PR3 5JB
5 hours formal CPD
£115 + VAT


This year’s Rural Conference comes back in Preston with a refreshed agenda and will equip you with the right knowledge to leverage current opportunities for growth and resilience. Delivered through presentations and case studies, the event will focus on key sessions and latest guidance and research published in the last six months so you can be better prepared to mitigate any risks to your business.

The event will see the launch of the latest RICS Research Paper on New Money in Rural Areas. This crucial piece of research examines how money flowing into rural land assets can be maximised while delivering vital benefits to local landscapes and communities.  Further sessions will look at the value of natural capital and the need for chartered surveyors to stay abreast of the latest development in the ecosystem services arena. Benefit from guidance and timely updates on rural arbitration, valuation of assets in the commercial renewable energy sectors, succession planning and many more.

Hear directly from leading authors of upcoming RICS guidance notes and attend this full-day conference to network with colleagues from across the region and take away crucial lessons learned from our expert speaker line up.


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Highlights of the conference include:

  • Succession planning and safeguarding the future of farm businesses
    Managing a farm family business can be very complex as there are various things to consider such as rules of inheritance, wills, trusts and trustees amongst many others. Our speaker will address these key considerations so that a farm business can continue to contribute to the future viability of UK agriculture.
  • Value of natural capital and the need for chartered surveyors
    Understand environmental valuation from the perspective of a practising valuer, land manager or estate manager with practical case studies and worked examples.
  • Rural Arbitration Guidance
    Understand the arbitration process and the need for arbitration to be short, speedy and effective. Philip Meade, technical author of the guidance, will share his expertise and experience in matters of agriculture and dispute resolution.
  • Valuation of assets in the commercial renewable energy sectors
    This session will be looking at valuation challenges, principles of valuation as applicable to renewables and key information required in order to undertake valuation of renewable energy installations.
  • Negotiating options and leases for renewable energy schemes
    The renewable energy sector has been rapidly evolving over the past decade and surveyors are now increasingly involved in renewable energy schemes. Find out the different types of options and leases available for such schemes and how these affect the financial arrangements of landowners.
  • New Money in rural areas
    This crucial piece of research, which has recently been published, sheds light on the impacts of investment in rural land assets while drawing on case studies from across Europe. Discover what these case studies have in common, the underlying message of the research and resulting recommendations.
  • Flooding, Valuation and land
    The environmental challenges we face are unprecedent and the resulting implications and impact on property and land are quite significant. Find out how to undertake valuation in the face of environmental challenges and value considerations arising from flood risks.


Industry leading speakers include:

  • Michael Mashiter, Surveyor, Land Agent and Agricultural Valuer, NWA Professional and Property
  • Nick Gallant, Head of Bartlett School of Planning, University College London
  • Philip Wilbourn, CEO, Wilbourn & Co
  • Louise Taylor, Partner, Barbers Rural Consultancy

View the programme

Build your surveying network

You’ve told us that networking is an important part of your conference experience. So, we’ve set aside times in the day to give you a chance to network with like-minded professionals, including your peers and our expert panel of speakers.

A two-course networking lunch (included in the price of your ticket) provides a great opportunity to refuel, catch up with colleagues, and make new contacts operating in your area of expertise.

As part of our conference exhibition, sector-specific exhibitors will introduce the latest products and services to you to add value to your business.


Group discounts:

  • 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
  • RICS professionals £115 + VAT
  • Non-RICS professionals £155.25 + VAT
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£115 + VAT