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Surrey’s Rural Economy Conference 2018

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Friday, 11 May, 2018
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Living Planet Centre Woking Surrey GU21 4LL

Surrey’s Rural Economy Conference 2018

Issues / Information / Inspiration

A significant Conference in a spectacular venue highlighting key issues for the rural economy in Surrey.

Generously sponsored by Land & Water


  • Conference opened and welcome by Michael More-Molyneux, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey.
  • Key note speaker, introduced by Peter Martin, Chairman, Surrey County Council: Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
  • Inspiring Presentations including challenges and opportunities for farming, success factors in running a rural business, launch of the Surrey Hills Trade Mark, Surrey’s rural statement, investment & funding sources, breakout sessions, networking & stands.

DATE: Friday 11th May 2018

TIME: 9am – 3.30pm

COST: £48 + VAT and £38 + VAT for members of Surrey Hills Enterprises – join now.

TICKETS: Once you have purchased your tickets online you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive the email within a few minutes, and it cannot be found in your junk email, please call 01483 661150 for assistance.

VENUE: Living Planet Centre, Rufford House, Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 4LL
Home of WWF-UK and one of the greenest buildings in the UK and a beautiful education and visitor centre located beside the Canal in the centre of Woking with easy access by road or rail. Getting to the Living Planet Centre.

PARKING: Brewery Road car park is situated beneath the Living Planet Centre or if busy, Victoria Road Car Park is within a few minutes’ walk. Both pay on exit.

© Richard Stonehouse/ WWF-UK.



The one day Conference aims to:

      • Issues – Highlight the key challenges facing our rural economy
      • Information – an environment to aid the exchange of information & help overcome the issues
      • Inspiration – Inspire and activate opportunities



The Conference will be of interest to policy and decision makers, rural businesses & SME’S, farmers, landowners, estates, and countryside managers, local authority Councillors and Officers, Countryside charities.

      • Rural businesses and SME’s
      • Farmers, Landowners, Estates, & Countryside Managers
      • Voluntary, charity and faith sectors
      • Local Authority Councillors and officers



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


Bookings are closed for this event.

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