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MorePeople sponsors CHA GrowQuip conference

Food and agriculture recruitment specialist MorePeople will once again sponsor the annual GrowQuip event, organised by the Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA). 

From Wednesday November 1st till the 2nd, growers and industry professionals from across the globe are heading to Stratford’s Manor Hotel for the cross-industry international conference and dinner that boasts having something for everyone in the commercial horticulture market. 

Learn from industry experts
A key topic that will be discussed is how growers’ lives will be affected before, during and after Brexit, whether they grow fruit, veg, salads or ornamentals. Suppliers will also be able to use the event for networking or to take up the opportunity of exhibiting. 

Those attending GrowQuip can learn from our selection of speakers, browse our supplier showcase, enjoy a relaxed dinner with colleagues, hear the humorous after dinner speaker, stay overnight and leave the following morning after breakfast armed to tackle the world.

The CHA are also pleased to reveal that GrowQuip is now registered for BASIS points.

Andrew Fitzmaurice, recruitment director at MorePeople commented:  “As MorePeople is a recruiter to many of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of plants, products and services to commercial horticultural growers throughout the world, it’s important that we support our trade associations and attend key events like GrowQuip. 

“They are crucial for networking and learning – we love keeping up to date with the latest trends and hot topics!”

Who’s speaking?
With over eight speakers attending the event, visitors are sure to learn something new. The packed schedule includes a talk from Luke Hamm from Government Grant and Tax Consultants (GGTC), with his topic ‘Did you know that millions of pounds in Government grants and tax credits are left unclaimed every year?’. 

Anthea McIntyre MEP will bring the audience up to speed on the results of her government lobbying and what problems we may be facing on R&D, Pest & Disease and many other horticultural issues connected with Brexit.

Professor Simon Pearson of LIAT (Lincoln Institute for Agri-Tech), part of Lincoln University, will be speaking about the effects of light manipulation on crop growth and development, including the development and application of glasshouse spectral filters and LED lighting systems. According to the CHA, this is important work which is of interest to the international grower community and not just the UK.

Steve McCurdy, managing director of Majestic Trees, will talk about his award-winning business and how they weather challenges to be at the forefront of nursery stock growing both in the UK and internationally.

Other guest speakers include Markus Kobelt of Lubera, Switzerland and Felicidad Fernandez of NIAB EMR, George Beach, managing director of Mudwalls Farms Ltd, Jack Ward, chief executive of the British Growers Association, Peter McDermott, managing director of You Garden and Garden Bargains, and David Gunson, a former air traffic controller.

Practical solutions to your business questions
Can you afford to miss such an important day when you could be learning so much for your business?  

Neil Bragg, chairman of the CHA, commented: "This marks the second year of the GrowQuip conference, which is aimed to both inform and provide practical solutions to business questions. The speakers this year will be presenting around Brexit and its likely effects on a horticultural businesses. 

“There will also be presentations around how businesses can benefit from R&D tax credits, something which far too few know about and make use of bearing in mind the need to be innovative in the use of new developments. We very much look forward to you joining us in Stratford-upon-Avon, 1st Nov 2017!"

Are you interested in attending the event? Book your place today at the Special Shows Rate of £239 plus VAT by emailing Pat Flynn at