Friday, December 12, 2014


Wednesday 18 March 2015: 4.00pm – 7.30pm

Hauser & Wirth Somerset; Roth Bar & Grill, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL

Prices: £25 CLA members; £30 CLA CLA Business & Professional Member; £42.50 non-members

Supported by: Smith & Williamson, Michelmores & Smiths Gore

We have a very special venue arranged to combat the somewhat technical nature of the seminar subjects! Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class gallery and multi-purpose arts centre which has been crafted to a high specification from
Durslade Farm’s Grade II listed outbuildings; formerly a Piggery, Cow Sheds, Engine House, Machine House, Cart Shed and Threshing Barn and farmhouse. It features the Roth Bar &Grill and it is here we will finish the afternoon with a fabulous evening meal of locally sourced produce, much of it from Durslade Farm. There are numerous items of interest to see on site &; we will have an opportunity to view the gallery before the event begins.

Speakers will include:

·         Peter Skelly, Smith & Williamson
·         Philip Hodgkin, Smiths Gore
·         James Radcliffe, Michelmores

This seminar will examine:

·         Keys points from The Budget
·         Tax & succession planning –

o   The effect of different arrangements and uses of property
o   Strengthening your case for IHT reliefs
o   Planning for realisation of development value
o   Capital Gains
o   Use of different business structures

·         Practicalities of tax planning topics

o   Use of contract farming and grazing agreements
o   Issues taking land back in hand/dealing with the end of tenancy agreements
o   Diversification projects involving the next generation

·         Successful succession and protection of assets

o   Legal pitfalls to avoid
o   The use of wills, trusts & partnership/shareholder agreements
o   Lasting powers of attorney
o   Pre-nuptial agreements


Thursday 12 March 2015: 2.00pm – 6.00pm

The Monks Yard, Horton Cross Farm, Horton Cross, Illminster, Somerset TA19 9PT

Price: £25 CLA member; £30 CLA Business & Professional Member; £42.50 non-member

Supported by: Thrings

This event will provide practical and professional advice about managing camping, glamping and caravan sites.

Camping provides an excellent source of diversified income for many landowners. This seminar will provide detailed information for those wishing to set up a new site or improve their existing facilities. Advice will cater for those wishing to provide basic pitches and those who want to offer a top-notch glamping experience.

Speakers will include:

Alistair Handyside, CLA member, CLA Devon Committee and CLA tourism advocate for the South West
Damien Field, The Camping & Caravanning Club
Alex Madden, Thrings
Charlotte Sealy, CLA Regional Surveyor
John Unwin GIFireE, Business Safety Manager, Somerset Fire & Rescue Service      

The seminar will cover:

How to pitch your offer - marketing and social media
Camping sites and the Basic Payment Scheme
Planning consents and camping & caravan licenses
Adding value to the experience
Pricing, pets and public liability
Rating, responsibilities, rules and regulations

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Tuesday 17 February 2015: 2pm – 5pm

Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DJ

Price: £25 CLA member; £30 CLA Business & Professional Member; £42.50 non-member

Supported by: Symonds & Sampson

The seminar provides a practical professional update for both members who have pylons, underground pipes, poles, and masts on their land and their professional advisers.
Do you know what powers utility companies have or have you ever wondered if you could move a pole? At harvest time do you worry about working around or under cables or poles with modern farm machinery? Do you know how to approach connecting a renewable project to the National Grid, or can your neighbour connect their renewable energy project to the grid by crossing your land. If so what compensation should you receive?

Speakers will include:

·         CLA’s Chief Surveyor Andrew Shirley
·         Steve Atwell, Western Power Distribution
·         Patrick Woodford, Symonds & Sampson

This seminar will look to answer these questions and examine:

·         Moving Apparatus
·         Working near power lines
·         Wayleaves and Easements
·         The Electronic Communication Code Update
·         Utility Companies’ Powers in relation to Land


Thursday 12 February 2015: 2.00pm – 5.00pm

The Kingscote Barn, Kingscote, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8YE

Thursday 26 March 2015:

Larmer Tree Gardens, Rushmore Estate Office, Tollard Royal, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 5PT

Price: £25 CLA member; £30 CLA Business & Professional Member; £42.50 non-member

Supported by: Avonline

Access to adequate broadband has become an essential business requirement. But while many urban areas now enjoy ‘superfast’ broadband, many rural areas are still struggling on very slow speeds or lack provision completely. This is affecting business and community viability and creating an urban/rural divide. One of the first questions that businesses ask when considering a rural workspace is ‘what’s the broadband like?’ and with many other aspects of business, domestic and community life increasingly reliant on the internet, the need for adequate rural broadband has never been greater.

The Government’s flagship Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) initiative – operated exclusively by BT – aimed to bring superfast broadband to 90% of premises by 2015 and universal access to standard broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps. But many rural businesses and communities still lack provision or exist on speeds routinely well under this minimum –and finding out when, indeed if, the BDUK programme will reach them is often impossible.

Speakers will include:

·         Dr Charles Trotman, CLA Senior Rural Business & Economics Adviser
·         Paul Coles, BT South West Regional Partnerships Director
·         Mark Wynne, Managing Director, Avonline
·         Chris Lyons, Partnership Manager, Superfast Business
·         James Gibson Fleming, CLA member Ranston Estate & Wessex Internet

This seminar will examine:

·         The basics of the various technologies, jargon and Government policy on broadband
·         An overview of the BDUK programme in the South West
·         Information on support opportunities enabling businesses to take advantage of superfast broadband
·         Solutions you can put in place today to achieve good connectivity

·         Case studies from proactive rural areas who found their own solutions. At the Larmer Tree venue wireless equipment and fibre optic will be demonstrated.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


Thursday 20 November 2014: 9.30am – 12 noon

Junction 24 Livestock Market, Market Way, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 6DF just off the M5 

Price: £25 CLA members; £35 non-members

Aimed particularly at professional advisers, this breakfast meeting will expand on the CLA’s recent publication “A Practical Guide to Share Farming” and discuss how the concept can be promoted in the South West.

The subject of some controversy following its launch at the Great Yorkshire Show, the CLA’s guide seeks to promote share farming as a farm business structure capable of responding to many of the challenges faced by UK agriculture.

The great benefit of this arrangement is that the parties bring different resources to the business in terms of assets, experience and abilities and so may be able to create something bigger and better than either could alone, but without being tied together in either a partnership or a tenancy, as well as possible tax advantages for the landowner.

Speakers will include:

CLA Director of Policy & Advice, Christopher Price
Jeremy Moody, CAAV
John Coyte, CLA member implementing the scheme

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Wednesday 12 November 2014: 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Frogmary Green Farm, West Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5DJ

Price: £20 CLA members - £35 non-members

Supported by Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Most family businesses - particularly agricultural and farming businesses – will eventually face the challenge of how to hand the enterprise on to the next generation. Although this can pose significant challenges for both the existing owners and for the 'next generation', failure to act early enough can lead to more difficult problems later.  Planning for the future can involve dealing with complex financial, legal and emotional issues.  Sometimes these are so daunting that they deter business owners from even making a start on planning for the future.  Experts will be on hand after the seminar if you would like to discuss any issue on a more confidential one-to-one basis.

Speakers will include:

•         Nick Smith, Partner
•         Steven McGuigan, Partner
•         Christine Green, Partner

This seminar will examine:

•         The challenges of planning for the future
•         Governance and communication in family businesses
•         Selling the family business
•         Appointing managers - should you keep it in the family?
•         How do you decide what is fair?  
•         How should you develop a family succession plan?

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Wednesday 26 November 2014: 9.30am - 1.00pm followed by tour

Owlpen Manor, near Uley, Gloucestershire (do not use postcode)

Price: £35 CLA member; £50 non-member

Supported by Charles Stanley, Monahans and Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions

Owlpen Manor the stunning home of CLA members Nicholas and Karin Mander will be the venue for this seminar and the day will include a two course sit down lunch and a tour of the house.

Speakers will include:

Representatives from the CLA and representatives from the supporting firms

The seminar will examine:

The latest ideas on minimising inheritance tax
Planning for succession – what to consider
Agricultural & Property Reliefs – an update
How to hedge the single farm payment
Tax efficient trading structures
Effective management of pensions and investments
Investing in fine art

Owlpen, in its magical Cotswold valley setting, has long been recognised as one of the most romantic places in England quoted in Fodor’s Great Britain Guide as ‘the most beautiful place in England’. The famous Tudor manor house (1450-1616) stands in an early formal garden of magnificent yews at the heart of the estate, steeped in 900 years of history. Arts and Crafts repairs were made by Norman Jewson in 1926, after Owlpen had become a sleeping beauty; uninhabited for over 80 years. The Old English formal gardens have stunning views and include a rare Stuart garden set out on seven hanging terraces, yew parlour tended for over 300 years and Jacobean summer house. We will tour 6 of the rooms in the house with our host Sir Nicholas Mander.

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