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Agricultural experts host a succession planning seminar for region’s farmers

Farmers from across the North East are being invited to attend a free seminar which intends to help families plan their business’ future.

A trio of farming industry specialists incorporating, law firm Endeavour Partnership, land and property specialists GSC Grays, and agricultural accountants, Armstrong Watson will host the seminar at The Northern Echo Arena, Darlington, on Wednesday 18th November, 7pm – 9pm.

Succession Planning – The Next Generation seminar will cover several issues farmers may face including the succession process, estate planning, dispute resolution and how to secure the future of their agricultural business.

The guest speaker, Judy Bell, MBE, founder and chairman of award-winning artisan cheese Company Shepherds Purse, will offer her personal perspective into farming succession after handing down her business to her daughters.

One of the agricultural specialists sharing his expertise is managing director of GSC Grays, Guy Coggrave. He said: “It’s great to have Judy speaking at the seminar. Not only is she a great ambassador for rural businesses, but people will be able to connect with her and relate to her story.”

The event will also include a fictional family case study to enable the audience to experience different situations they might have to deal with and provide inspiration and ideas to resolve the issues faced.

Armstrong Watson which has over 2000 clients within the agricultural sector will be represented by Peter Molyneux. With a background in farming and agricultural qualifications, Peter will be a valued panel member on the evening.

He said: “Succession planning can be a very difficult subject to bring up and can therefore be overlooked. Our overall aim with the seminar is to simply kick-start this thought process.”

Fiona Gibbon, associate and Jamie Brown, partner will be representing Endeavour Partnership at the seminar. Fiona said: “We’ve noticed an influx of farmers coming to us with family disputes and I believe our knowledge can fill a gap in the market for quality, commercial advice for farmers.”

“We’re extremely excited to be working in collaboration with other agricultural experts to deliver this seminar and hope to attract younger generations to join us too.”

After the seminar, there will be a complimentary pie and peas supper served at 8.30pm for all who attend the event.

For more information and to book your place on the Succession Planning – The Next Generation seminar, please visit http://www.endeavour.events/.

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