Costs, sales and succession planning to feature at new autumn conference for growers

The British Protected Ornamentals Association (BPOA) is to hold its first Growers Look Ahead conference.

The grower-focussed conference has been organised in response to requests from members and will take place in the NFU Conference suite at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, on 11 October.

The event is intended to complement the BPOA conference held in February.

BPOA treasurer Simon Davenport said: "It’s really an extension to the February conference, to widen the range of topics covered. There will be technical and marketing sessions and some more general talks, such as one about passing management of a business onto siblings or managers. So there will be a slightly different flavour.

"Some people find that there is a lot of thinking and planning going on in the autumn, so it’s a good time to think about the coming season."

Presentations will look at cost efficiency, sales potential, the technology and trends to enable maximisation of production, and other issues faced by growers of seasonal ornamental plants.

The programme includes ten speakers, including Garden Centre Association chairman Peter Burkes, RHS senior trials manager Mark Heath, J Sainsbury horticultural technologist Kate Wright and representatives from the NFU.

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