The coaches departed at 7pm for the award winning Pink Pig who hosted the first night evening meal, a buffet of delicious local produce. An opportunity to relax, renew old acquaintances and meet new members.
Monday 26 February
Farm Retail Tours
Four coaches each had dedicated facilitator to ensure all attendees had an informative day on the road.
Tour 1 - RETAILING WITH PERSONALITY (Uncle Henry's, Doddington Hall, Welbeck, Hardy's)
Tour 2 - DIVERSIFICATION (Drewtons, The Pink Pig, William's Den, The Balloon Tree)
Tour 3 - FOOD RETAILING BEST IN CLASS (Hinchliff's, Blacker Hall, Cannon Hall, Farmer Copley's)
Tour 4 - CANNON HALL FARM (Farm Shop, Farm Park, Restaurant, Events Venue. A full day exploring this diversification success story)
Thanks to all the Farm Shops who welcomed FARMA/FRA members for the Retail Tours
Delicious 3 course dinner with a Lincolnshire inspired menu
Former head of Bishop Burton College and charity fundraiser Howard Petch was a superb after dinner speaker.
Tuesday 27 February
Conference and Trade Event.
Andrew Thornton, Thorntons Budgens
Judy Bell MBE, Shepherds Purse
Harriet Forster, Shopper Anonymous
James Bate, Amazon
James Sinclair, Entrepreneurs Network
Susie Emmett, Conference Chair
Conference Day Programme Tue 27th
Main Conference Room
09.30 – 09.35 Conference Welcome - Susie Emmett 09.35 – 09.40 FARMA welcome - Milly Stokes 09.40 – 10.10 Growing people to full potential to differentiate yourself - Andrew Thornton 10.10 – 10.40 DeliciouslYorkshire & Shepherds Purse - Judy Bell OBE
10.40 – 11.20 Break tea/coffee served in the trade show
11.20 – 11.50 Driving online sales at Tulleys Farm - Stuart Beare 11.50 – 12.20 Cannon Hall – Facebook Live & more - Nicky Hyde 12.20 – 12.50 Farmer Copleys branding & social media - Heather Copley 12.50 – 13.00 Panel Debate Q&A Social media marketing
13.00 – 14.20 Lunch served in the trade show
14.20 – 14.50 Amazon current initiatives in the food market - James Bate 14.50 – 15.10 Panel Debate Q&A with James Bate, Andrew Thornton & Judy Bell 15.10 – 15.40 The experience business - James Sinclair 15.40 - 15.50 Closing remarks - Susie Emmett
15.50 – 16.30 Tea/Coffee final chance to visit the trade show stands