Harvest brings many practical farm management challenges – among these how to use staff and machinery most efficiently alongside giving health and safety top priority. There could also be legal considerations including employment issues – for example what does the law say on rest breaks? Recent case law on holiday pay entitlement will affect farm businesses and with more casual staff on farm at this time of year, it’s also important to know what paperwork checks to make. Tax, accounting and financial record-keeping issues arise too, such as timing of sales, how to get good management information from your records and how to make best use of capital allowances.
To get free expert pre-harvest advice on all of these areas, register for Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic webinar, which will be broadcast at 7pm BST/ 8pm CET on 12 June. Once you have registered, you will be able to submit legal, farm management and accounting harvest questions to the panel.
Sign up for this webinar here, which will be broadcast at 7pm BST/ 8pm CET
Moderator: Suzie Horne, Business Editor, Farmers Weekly
Suzie has a Yorkshire family farming background and completed a Higher National Diploma in agricultural marketing and business administration at Harper Adams. Soon after this she joined Farmers Weekly and later became deputy editor of Big Farm Weekly. Following this she worked freelance while her children were growing up, contributing mainly to Farmers Weekly and Crops.
Agri-business consultant and director, Savills
Tom specialises in day to day management and strategic advice for arable and livestock businesses, including several large estates. In addition to management reporting and financial planning, he conducts reviews including farm business audits and bench marking, alongside advice on land purchases and setting up the most appropriate farming systems, including contract farming agreements.
Associate solicitor, employment, Thrings
Natalie acts for farmers and estate owners and has extensive experience of dealing with the Agricultural Wages Order, agricultural/national minimum wage claims and agricultural accommodation issues. Natalie advises mainly business clients in a wide range of areas, including employment tribunals, capability and ill-health, redundancy, disciplinary and grievance procedures, discrimination and employment contracts.
Associate director, Hazlewoods
Lisa joined Hazlewoods’ farms and estates team in 2007. She grew up on a family farm in Leicestershire and completed a business enterprise degree at Harper Adams University College before gaining her accountancy qualifications. Lisa advises a wide range of farmers, land-owners and other businesses related to agriculture on accounting, VAT and tax issues as well as being involved with their management accounts, budgeting and cash flow forecasts.
The webinar will last about an hour and will start on 12 June at 7pm BST. For anyone unable to follow the webinar at these times, it will also be available for streaming following this.Sign up for this webinar here, which will be broadcast at 7pm BST/ 8pm CET
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