Agenda for Surrey's Rural Economy Conference 2018
9am - 9.30amRefreshments - Tea / coffee / networking / visit stands
9.30am Conference Welcome – Michael More Molyneux, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey & Patron, Surrey Hills Enterprises
Welcome to the Living Planet Center, WWF Director
9.40amKey Note Speech
Introduce Key Note Speaker - Peter Martin, Chairman Surrey County Council
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
The future of the rural economy & implications of Brexit
20 min presentation + 20 mins Q & A session
10.20amLaunch of the Surrey Hills Trade Mark and Q & A
10.35amTim Metson, Coverwood Farm & NFU Speaker – The Challenges & Opportunities for Farmers today and Q&A
10.55am Highlight key stands
11am – 11.25am BREAK tea / coffee + Stands / networking
11.25am Chris White, Chief Executive, Denbies Wine Estate – Challenges & key success factors of a rural business and Q & A
11.45am Simon Whalley, Chairman, Surrey Hills Enterprises - The Rural Statement for Surrey Achievements & next steps – explain breakout session + lunch
12.05 - 1pmBREAKOUT SESSION – What are our key challenges/ how do we overcome them? How can we create opportunities & what actions do we need to take?
1pm – 1.45pm LUNCH + Stands / networking
1.45pm Resourcing the Countryside – Rising to the challenge - Cllr Mike Goodman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Surrey County Council
2.10pm Sources of investment & funding for rural businesses – Roger Allonby, Head of Central & South Region, RPA, Cathy Miles, Programme Manager, Rural Surrey LEADER and Ian McCulloch, Silent Pool Distillery
2.45pm Question & Answer
3.15pm - 3.30pm Summary & close - Reflections & key actions – Peter Martin, Chairman Surrey County Council