Planning for the Future!

Venue: Northampton Town Football Club, Upton Way, Northampton, NN5 5QA
Date: 18 Feb
Price: £ 40+VAT
Availability: Spaces available

About this workshop

We are pleased to announce our ‘Planning for the Future’ seminar in conjunction with Ellacotts Accountants, BJ Rural, and Lloyds Banking Group on Tuesday 18th February 2020.

The event will commence with coffee at 9.30am and run from approximately 10am to 3pm.

The seminar will be considering:

  • What the future holds for agriculture
  • The importance of a clear business strategy
  • The necessity of planning to meet your strategic goals


We will also be looking at practical steps a business can take to prepare for the future with their Farmplan accounts and cropping software and there will be the opportunity to ask questions.

We are delighted to announce our three guest speakers and their topics of discussion below:

Steve Gardner – Critical business performance indicators

There is no doubt we are going to see changes over the coming years to support payments. In order to be in a position to determine what is best for your farming business you need very relevant performance indicators. This starts with excellent records enabling the production of gross margin accounts and then benchmarking your farming business against other local farmers. I will be providing details from our own benchmarking event and an example of gross margin accounts.
Billie Johnson – Arming yourself with knowledge

  • Rubbish in, rubbish out – an old saying that is as true today as when it was first muted
  • Understand the objectives
  • Don’t be afraid of technology
  • Arm yourself with knowledge

Ben Makowiecki – Financing the future of sustainable farming businesses

My background is in agriculture, having done a degree in Agricultural Business Management at Wye College, University of London. I have moved roles between Agricultural Business Consultancy and Banking during my 21-year career. I sometimes describe myself as an agriculturalist who happens to be in banking.
All of our speakers have many years of experience across different roles and we look forward to gaining insight from them as we consider what the future holds for the agricultural industry.

Lunch included.

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating day!