2018 FARMA Open Days

Get behind the scenes at some of the UK’s leading Farm Retailers. Open Days include a Farm Shop tour, Q&A with the owners and managers and networking with other farm retailers.

Farm Shop Open Days 2018

Each Open Day has a theme and includes presentations from some of our suppliers who are experts in their field. Lunch is included. For those travelling some distance we will make arrangements to meet the night before for dinner at a local hotel, another opportunity for networking with other farm retailers.

Thursday 14th June (note Change of date)

Ludlow Food Centre

Using your EPOS system effectively and help maximise your margins and basket spend. Plus update on GDPR.

Thursday 14th June: 10am - 4pm (note this was originally planned for Tue 26th June it has been brought forward to Thurs 14th)


09.30am - Arrive tea/coffee

10.00am – Welcome, Introduction to Ludlow Food Centre - Jon Edwards, Managing Director

10.30am – Harnessing the data in your EPOS system to grow your business – Duncan Syme, Data Strategy Consulting with case study examples from Ludlow Food Centre

12.30am - Tour of farm shop, production kitchens etc

1.15pm – Lunch

2.15pm - GDPR - are you compliant? - Mark Hopkins, Quadra Consulting

3.15pm - Tea/coffee networking

4.00pm - Finish



Duncan Syme has extensive experience gained through working with retail data for over 10 years. He has worked with suppliers and retailers of all sizes to provide them the insights they need to set business objectives and grow their business. Three years ago, he set up Data Strategy Consulting Limited to provide these insights to smaller retailers and has focused the business on the Farm retail sector, so has a deep pool of experience for us to tap into.Harnessing the data in your EPOS system to grow your business.

If you have an EPOS system, or are planning to introduce one, then you can’t afford to miss this seminar. The workshop will cover the three main areas of how to harness the data in your EPOS system to work for you.
Data Entry
Reports and insights – getting the right data out, understanding what it tells you and actions you can take to grow your business
EPOS Business Development tools - Loyalty Cards, Promotional Activity
The session will provide practical advice and examples on how to get the most out of the data in your EPOS system, but attendees are encouraged to bring and share their own experiences and challenges or queries and we will discuss how to get you to the insights you need. If you would like a specific topic covered, please e-mail duncan@datastrategyconsulting.co.uk in advance with details.

Mark Hopkins is Information Security Consultant with Quadra, a world leader in management systems  consultancy & training including ISO & GDPR. Mark has over 20 years’ experience advising organisations on their data security and provides professional, practical and impartial advice to organisations to enable them to understand the new data protection rules and the steps they need to take with GDPR. Download a GDPR advice sheet here


Venue: Ludlow Food Centre, Shropshire, SY8 2JR 

Wednesday Night 13th June - If you are arriving Wednesday night, Ludlow Food Centre are offering workshop delegates a special offer of a twin/double for £70 B&B at The Clive - the on site Restaurant with Rooms. This will be a limited supply so will only be available to those who book first. We will also arrange a meal on Wednesday night for those staying who would like to get together, please advise the FARMA/FRA office. To book a room contact The Clive on 01584 856565 and mention FARMA/FRA. 

Open Day Workshop Booking:  The Open Days is charged at £30pp + VAT for members, and include lunch & refreshments. Members book online by credit card using the link below. Please note spaces are limited, book early to avoid disappointment. Non-members are able to attend cost is £100 + VAT, please contact the FARMA office. 


Tuesday 18th September

Farndon Fields Farm Shop

Making the Most of Christmas

Tuesday 18th September: 10am - 4pm


Details to follow 


Venue: Farndon Fields Farm Shop, Leicestershire LE16 9NP 

Booking: The Open Day is charged at £45pp + VAT for members, and include lunch & refreshments. Non-members are able to attend £100pp + VAT , please contact the FARMA office. Members only can book online by credit card using the link below. Please note spaces are limited book early to avoid disappointment.