Places left for key nursery stock event

Places - and a £50 discount - are still available for the HTA's Contact 09 event to be held 14-16 January at the Hilton Hotel, Bromsgrove, near Birmingham.

The two-day programme will cover the latest updates to pesticide legislation, efficient application of environmental measures, staff retention and marketing.

Those who book before 24 December will receive a £50 reduction for the workshop and networking event which will feature Charles Notcutt OBE, Neil Bragg, Charles Carr and Professor David Hughes.

The conference programme for 15 January will include workshops on the following areas:

Pests and Diseases
Alan Horgan of Certis and Paul Beales of CSL will provide an update on the latest pesticide legislation and lead an open forum on all aspects of pest and disease management an pest and disease scenarios gathered from the pre-conference grower survey. To register your area of interest, complete the online survey here.

Environmental issues
Paul Burr of White Young Green Environmental, supported by ADAS, will workshop practical ways to improve margins and the efficiency of the way you work including water use, waste management and energy use.

Training and retaining good people
HTA training and careers manager Tanya Robinson will look at how the new educational framework and initiatives within the training world can help you recruit, train and retain your existing staff. Robinson will also be seeking your views in order to ensure that the new frameworks meet your needs.

Marketing for Growers
Internationally renowned executive advisor and Horticulture Week columnist Leslie Kossoff will lead a discussion about the importance of marketing for growers covering the importance of leadership and management for nursery managers.

To view the full programme for Contact 09 click here.

Bookings for the event can be made online or by contacting the HTA Events Team on or 0118 930 3132.

Supporters and sponsors for Contact 09 are Scotts Professional, Bord Bia, Certis, Floramedia, HDC, ADAS and Horticulture Week.

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