Farmers are being invited to a free Business Festival event that will include talks by local agriculture experts on how they can best prepare for Brexit.
‘Getting fit for Brexit’ will take place on Wednesday, November 1 at Brooksby Hall near Melton Mowbray.
The event will begin at 5:30pm with a series of talks starting at 6pm before networking commences at 8pm.
The five talks will be presented from industry experts including supporters of the event: the Leicestershire Rural Partnership, the National Farmers’ Union, Josiah Hincks Solicitors and Andrew Granger & Co.
Topics will include the potential impact of Brexit on the sector, how to get financially fit and reduce reliance on subsidies and realising the potential from property assets, as well as an explanation of the potential funding and grant opportunities available.
“Brexit is daunting for many businesses in the UK and farmers are no different,” explains Rupert Harrison, director at Andrew Granger & Co, surveyors and estate agents.
“It is a rare opportunity for farmers to get face-to-face with people who can provide free advice through a potentially tough period. The speakers’ insights will be invaluable and there will also be questions from the room should anyone have any specific concerns that they would like to raise.”
According to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, 55 per cent of all UK farm income derives from European subsidies.
As such, farmers have been growing increasingly concerned about Brexit. The National Farmers’ Union has found that confidence levels for the next three years have dropped 18 points in two years.
“The UK’s decision to leave the European Union makes long-term planning for farmers a must,” says Simon Fisher of National Farmers’ Union.
“It is important to understand the current political situation and its impact on the industry alongside the policy opportunities to secure a successful future for food and farming post Brexit.”
Mrs Pam Posnett, chair of the Leicestershire Rural Partnership said: “The county council and the rural partnership support this event as it provides valuable and practical business support for Leicestershire farmers who make an essential contribution to county’s rural economy.”
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