Equip yourself for success at GrowQuip 2016

Posted On 22 Sep 2016
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The final roll-call of speakers taking part in GrowQuip 2016 has now been announced.

GrowQuip is the cross-industry commercial horticultural conference focusing on the key issues facing growers of fruit, vegetables, salads and ornamentals, and will take place for the first time in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire from 26-27 October 2016.

The subsidised, all inclusive package for delegates of £259 plus VAT includes entrance to the conference, lunch, dinner with an after dinner speaker, overnight accommodation at Stratford Manor Hotel, and breakfast and lunch on the second day plus refreshments during the event.

The two day event at Stratford Manor Hotel encompasses a themed conference programme –Equip yourself for success– which will bring together the best brains in horticulture to provide growers with help in overcoming some of the common problems they face in the day to day running of their businesses.

The exciting roll-call of speakers is now unveiled, including:

Marshall Dirks, Proven Winners, USA

James Simpson, MD of Adrian Scripps Ltd, UK top fruit growers

Jane King, CEO of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)

Dr Ed Moorhouse, Technical Consultant to G’s Fresh

Alex Fisher, Saturn Bioponics and Consultant for Valefresco Ltd

Bruce Harnett, Nuffield Scholar and MD for Kernock Park Plants

Alfie Moore, BBC Radio 4 presenter

Dr Clare Sampson, Keele University – pest & disease expert

Carol Paris, CEO of the Horticultural Trades Association

Amanda Sizer Barrett MBE, Director General of The Federation of Garden & Leisure Manufacturers

Day Two of the event will stage a panel discussion and debate on several topics including what Brexit means for horticulture as well as the opportunity for delegates to visit the exhibition showcase  and network with fellow growers and suppliers.

URICA is the latest sponsor to support the event. URICA helps businesses of all sizes, across all sectors get access to supply chain finance, early payments and import finance. It joins fellow event sponsors Bulrush Horticulture, Hortifeeds , XL Horticulture, PG Horticulture and MorePeople. GrowQuip is also supported by the trade organisations, Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH).

Allied to the conference programme is an exhibition showcase, where conference attendees will be able to view the latest products and services available to commercial growers from major suppliers to horticulture. Stand sales are going extremely well to date and potential participants are encouraged to book now to avoid disappointment as numbers are strictly limited for this element of the event.

The first day culminates in a networking dinner with an intriguing and truly unique after dinner speaker – certainly not to be missed! On day two, the exhibition will also be open free of charge to all growers. A new introduction to the second-day of the event will see a number of free seminars available to all attendees.

CHA Chairman Pat Flynn comments: “GrowQuip 2016 is a cross-industry commercial horticultural conference which provides ideas, diversity and possibly solutions which maybe come from a different growing sector to your own – equipping you for success, equipping you for the future.”

And in the year the world commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the Bard’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon is the town to visit in 2016. Excursions for delegates and/or their partners can be arranged to tour Shakespeare’s birthplace, pay respects at his grave at Holy Trinity Church or simply explore the beautiful Warwickshire town he called home.

A two day conference and dinner package, including accommodation with breakfast and lunch, is just £259+VAT and exhibition costs start at just £555+VAT.

CHA members receive a 10% discount on delegate packages or exhibition bookings. Further sponsorship packages are also available on request.

Contact Pat Flynn for details and to book your places at the conference, dinner or your exhibition presence. E-mail Pat@cha-hort.com  or ring Pat on 07778 313623 or Gemma Chandler on 01959 565995.

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