The 2018 FARMA Conference was a great event, full of inspirational speakers, fascinating case studies, a great range of trade show exhibitors and networking events.
See below for 2018 conference highlights.
Details of the 2019 Annual Conference will be available shortly.
25-27 February 2018
7pm Networking Dinner
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.
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)
7pm FARMA Celebration Night
Drinks reception in the trade show area was followed by delicious three course dinner. Former head of Bishop Burton College and charity fundraiser Howard Petch was a superb after dinner speaker.
Conference and Trade Event.
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
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
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
11.20 – 12.10 How to run a really fabulously successful coffee shop - Harriet Forster
12.10 – 13.00 Golden Rules of running a Highly profitable food retail business - Ian Kelsall
11.20 – 11.50 Merchandising Farmers Market stalls - Ian Kelsall
11.50 – 12.20 Farmers Market Certification - NSF
12.20 – 13.00 What markets need from FARMA - debate
Exhibitors in the Trade Show are each dedicated to the farm retail sector to provide you with the contacts and support you need in the challenges ahead.
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