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Farming and Rural Business Conference

28 & 29 September 2022

Technical and practical sessions to help finance professionals to stay up to date and provide clients with the expert level of service they need.

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Sessions will cover a range of practical and technical issues to keep you at the top of your field, enabling you to provide your clients with solutions to the challenges in this ever-changing sector.

Hear from experts on how farmers will specifically be affected by the latest tax changes


Get the latest from DEFRA on changes coming through the system


Get the views of agricultural bankers, economists and working farmers

The programme

Please note that the programme is subject to change.

Wednesday 28 September

Chairman’s welcome and introduction
David Missen, ICAEW Farming & Rural Business Community Subject Matter Expert.
Future Farming and Countryside Programme - Farming reforms and next steps
Briony Turner, Head of Strategic Policy in the Future Farming Countryside Programme at Defra joins us to look at the latest developments in the process of the changing subsidy regime - and how members, as professional advisers, can help.
Update on UK farming: a look at current trends, policy changes and profitability outlook
Richard King, Head of Business Research at The Andersons Centre, provides an overview of the prospects for the farming industry looking at policy, markets and profitability.
Sowing the seeds to improve mental health in agriculture
Emma Haley, Charity Manager, will be discussing how YANA positively impacts the mental health of those in agriculture. YANA’s priority is to help improve and sustain the mental health of those working in the countryside. Because here’s the thing: we can all do much better at looking after ourselves or those we care about when it comes to good mental health.
A working farmer's perspective
Gareth Wyn Jones, farmer, joins us to give his take on the latest in agriculture; covering sustainable food, wool production, the Ukraine war and European food crisis.
Tax update
There are a lot of developments at the moment - MTD, the transitional relief, potential changes in capital allowances, ATED, Stamp Taxes and all the implications of green farming - Ros will look at recent legislation and how it will affect our farming clients.
Closing comments
David Missen, Subject Matter Expert, ICAEW Farming & Rural Business Community

Thursday 29 September

Chairman’s welcome and introduction
William Nixey, Chair, ICAEW Farming & Rural Business Community
Bank Finance for the Estate and Farm Market
Mark Ashbridge, Managing Director at Ashbridge Partners will be covering the rural finance sector, interest rates (where next?), fixed rates & protection as well as reviewing green finance and how this will impact the finance market.
Funding the food chain of the future – to seize the opportunities which will appear. What has changed and what hasn’t?
Inflationary pressures, climate change and sustainability requirements all seem to make Brexit and the aftermath of the Covid pandemic potentially distant memories. Join Allan Wilkinson, HSBC UK to unpick some key questions incuding; How do businesses take all this in their stride and move forward with their plans and seize the opportunities which undoubtedly will appear? What will their funders continue to look for, whether on farm or further along the food processing chain? What strategies will be needed to operate at pace and with success?
Monetising natural capital for farmers, a pragmatic view
David Meredith, Principal Rural Business Consultant at DJM Consulting, will discuss natural capital: the exciting opportunity it presents, why it’s where the world is heading, existing monetising opportunities (nutrient neutrality, BNG etc) and pitfalls and traps for farmers.
Sustainability and the rural economy
Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, Partner at MHA MacIntyre Hudson joins us to give us the run down on the political perspective of agriculture and food, cutting through the green noise and tips for SME businesses.
Connecting data - the opportunity for UK agriculture and the role of the accountant
There are exciting opportunities for accountants to support the connectivity of UK Ag. David Kirby from Figured discusses the role the accountant can play in supporting farmers and others to access quality financial and production data in order to make better decisions.
ICAEW Farming Committee - Panel session
The ICAEW Farming Committee gather for a panel session covering topics including; how farmers are reacting to the subsidy cuts, getting to grips for the change of basis period and the tax consequences of greening. This is your opportunity to raise your questions and opinions on the points covered by our speakers over the past couple of days.
Closing comments
William Nixey, Vice Chair, ICAEW Farming & Rural Business Community

Our speakers

Mark Ashbridge Managing Director, Ashbridge Partners Ltd

Mark founded Ashbridge Partners with his wife Juliet in 2012, following a successful career in finance, banking and business consultancy. Coming from a farming background, he went on to study Agriculture and Land Management at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, graduating in 1996. Later he moved to London to work for Clydesdale Bank and then Savills Private Finance (SPF), specialising in lending and finance advisory work for HNW and landed clients.

Emma Haley Charity Manager, YANA

Emma has worked in the charity sector, and mental health, for over 12 years. Emma is also a Trustee of HOPE after Suicide Loss, a charity that supports those bereaved by suicide. On a day-to-day basis Emma is focused on leading YANA through a phase of development and growth, ensuring the services are the best they can be at all times.

Richard King Head of Business Research at The Andersons Centre

Richard joined Andersons Research team in Melton Mowbray in 1998. The team analyses and interprets agricultural policy and market developments, and provides specialist business research, training, briefings, and publishes information. He became editor of the Agricultural Budgeting and Costing Book in 2000 and joined the Andersons Centre Partnership in 2003. He is a member of the CAAV’s Farming and Environment Committee.

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David Kirby Executive Vice President, Europe & Americas, Figured

A Yorkeshireman with an interest in tech and innovation, David moved to NZ for a few months… which eventually turned into five years. He has previously led strategy and change across retail, banking and supermarkets both in the UK and New Zealand. With a head for transformation, innovation and thought leadership, he is now leading the charge for Figured in the UK. David loves anything outdoorsy, especially cycling, hiking or trail running. He’s a keen skier, and an even keener father of two daughters.

Mark Lumsdon-Taylor Partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Mark specialises in the rural business, agriculture, horticulture, food manufacture, education and healthcare industries as well as supporting organisations from a wide range of sectors to develop and deliver impactful sustainability and ESG strategies.

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Ros Martin CTA Consultant and lecturer covering all aspects of direct tax and Stamp Duty Land Tax

Ros was an Inland Revenue fully trained Inspector until 2000 when she left to become a consultant advising on tax planning for large and small businesses and individuals as well as dealing with full and aspect enquiry work. Her clients are mainly small and medium sized accountants and the consultancy work gives a particular opportunity to understand the key issues of concerns for such professionals and consider the practical aspects of the application of legislation.

David Missen
David Missen Consultant, Larking Gowen

David is a former partner in, and consultant to Larking Gowen. Based in East Anglia, specialising in agriculture and associated private client work, David has an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting businesses and individuals in the farming industry. He is a founder member, past chairman and current "subject matter expert" of the ICAEW Farming and Rural Business Community advisory group and is the editor of the Farming & Rural Business Community newsletter.

David J Meredith Principal Rural Business Consultant, DJM Consulting

David started DJM Consulting in 2004, which has since expanded and gone from strength to strength. With over 30 years of working for farmers, David is able to draw on his wealth of experience and expertise to the benefit of his clients and tribunals. His enthusiasm for all things rural coupled with his gentle approach, grit, and determination to succeed for his clients on every task has proved invaluable.

Briony Turner Head of Strategic Policy in the Future Farming Countryside Programme at Defra

Briony's team works to make sure that plans for the agricultural transition in England are aligned with the priorities of Defra and wider government, as well as working closely with the devolved administrations and international partners.

Allan Wilkinson Head of Agrifoods at HSBC UK

Allan is a dairy farmer’s son from a tenanted farm in North Yorkshire. He is currently Head of Agrifoods at HSBC UK, a role he has held for the past 7 years covering food chains and systems from farm to fork. He sits on a number of industry bodies including the Food and Drink Sector Council’s Exporter’s Forum and its Agriculture Productivity Task Force, as well as the University of Exeter’s Impact of Covid on the UK food chain. He is a Trustee of the Prince’s Countryside Fund, a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Farmers and a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies.

Gareth Wyn Jones Farmer

Gareth’s family have farmed at Ty’n Llwyfan, for over 370 years. The farm breeds 3,500 sheep and 300 head of cattle. He features regularly on mainstream television, is an author of a bestselling book, a regular contributor on social media and is known as the “tweeting famer”. He constantly seeks to educate the public about sustainable / seasonal food, farming, it’s heritage, time honored traditions and its challenges.


Knowledge at your fingertips!

Despite the difficulties arising from Covid-19 … the 2020 ICAEW Farming and Rural Business Annual Conference was well run and extremely informative.

It worked very well being done online. I also thought being able to post questions opened up discussion better.

As with all conferences, often one learns most from the least expected topics.

In the current circumstances I think you did a brilliant job of getting this event on. Thank you.

I thought this was well thought out with good speakers and ideal for me that it was spread out over two days, which would not be possible with a live event.

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