Topical, relevant workshops offering understandable, practical presentations by experts and case study speakers, often followed by a good lunch! These are the hallmarks of Warwickshire Rural Hub events.

There have been more events and visits in the last 12 months than ever before and they fall into three categories: information, regulation and innovation. The latest survey responses from Members have told us that 96% feel the information provided by the Hub is both reliable and useful.

The last characteristic of our programme of events is that delegates are very reluctant to go home! The opportunity to network is a crucial component of our events and delegates certainly take the chance to do so. At evening meetings, this can lead to bleary-eyed Hub staff at 11.00 pm, but they recognise that well connected businesses are successful businesses.

Warwickshire Rural Hub

Latest Events

Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival

19 – 30 November 2018

At various locations around the county

Coventry and Warwickshire’s largest business event is back after its inaugural year.  From 19th November to 30th November 2018 the region will come alive with a fortnight of exciting business events put on by local organisations from right across the region.  From small networking workshops or seminars to large trade shows or national conferences – there will be an abundance of opportunities to grow your business, as well as to drive economic growth and inward investment for the region.  Whether you need information on starting a new company, developing your supply chain or exporting to new markets, there will be something for everyone.  To view the events please visit this page.

Website: Open Website
Event Date: 19 November 2018

Protect your farm, protect yourself

Thursday 22 November 2018

4.00pm – 7.00pm

Three Counties Showground, WR13 6NW

All members of the farming community are invited to a free marketplace event where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions and receive advice from key organisations on a number of farming issues.

Telephone: 01684 862417
Website: Open Website
Event Date: 22 November 2018

Embracing new ideas and technology – a visit to Squab Hall Farm

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Squab Hall, Harbury Lane, Leamington Spa CV33 9QB

1.00pm – 4.00pm

Squab Hall Farm is an AHDB Strategic Farm comprising 1000 acres of owned, rented and contract farmed land.   The farm is also part of a larger 1800 acre Arable Joint Venture. Current cropping consists of Winter Wheat, Winter or Spring Barley, Spring Beans, Oilseed Rape and Spring Linseed, all on soils ranging from sandy clay loams through Kuper Marl to heavy clays.  Around 80 acres of the farm is in the Higher Level Environmental Stewardship scheme.

GPS steering and Variable Rate Product Application are used extensively on the farm via high accuracy GPS subscription signals.  A controlled or Managed Traffic system is used for crop establishment.  All operations use auto steer and run on the same wheelings and tramlines every year, which helps reduce compaction on heavy soils.  Seed and fertiliser are applied variably using a combination of soil scanning and satellite imagery throughout the growing season, allowing the targeting placement of inputs to help maximise yields.

Farm Manager Rob Fox will take us on a tour of Squab Hall and tell us how he costed out and evaluated use of precision technology on the farm.   A sandwich lunch will be provided courtesy of Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.

Please book your free place on the tour with Jane Hampson.

Contact: Jane Hampson
Telephone: 07780159291
Email Address:
Website: Open Website
Event Date: 8 May 2019

Begonias and bio-beds – a visit to Bordon Hill Nursery

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Bordon Hill, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 9RY

10.45am – 1.00pm

Bordon Hill Nurseries Ltd. are a high volume producer of wholesale ornamental plants. They specialise in the production of young plug plants from seed and cuttings for the commercial trade and use a wide variety of process technology enabling them to benefit from an unsurpassed level of quality control. The nursery’s entire production process is controlled by sophisticated IT systems allowing them to be very adaptable to changing production methods and to changes in market dynamics.

During our visit we will be visiting the sowing area, viewing the gapping and transplanting processes and hearing about germination and growing on.  Our tour will then visit the nursery’s one million gallon reservoir which collects all of the roof water before it is fed through reed beds to minimise nitrate and other nutrient loss into ground water.  All water that is used in the cleaning process for growing equipment is finally channelled to a BioBed. Here any chemicals are broken down and rendered harmless by carefully maintained bacteria.

At the end of our tour we will be visiting the nursery canteen for refreshments.

To book your free place please contact Jane Hampson.

Contact: Jane Hampson
Telephone: 07780 159291
Email Address:
Event Date: 12 February 2019

How do we meet the needs of people without trashing the environment?

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, CV8 2LG

7.30pm – 10.00pm

Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society Annual Lecture

Former Chief Executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, David Gardner, will be speaking about the challenges of meeting our demands for food and energy, their impacts on the environment and the difficult decisions that will have to be made if we are to successfully meet those challenges.

David is an agricultural economist and technologist with life long experience of large scale commercial farming businesses and food supply chains.    Whilst Chief Executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of England David set up the charity Innovation for Agriculture, to bring together a group of Agricultural Societies across England to deliver new science and technologies to the farming community.  He is currently a non executive Director at Walderesy Farms in East Anglia and the RPA. David’s voluntary roles include Trustee of the Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust, Director of the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit, Ambassador for Social Farms and Gardens and Member of the Organising Group of Agricultural Debates at St George’s House in Windsor.

The talk is organised in association with Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society.

Refreshments and cakes will be served.

To book your free place please contact Jane Hampson.

Contact: Jane Hampson
Telephone: 07780 159291
Email Address:
Event Date: 28 November 2018

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Registration No: 7026157

Registered office: 23 West Bar Street, Banbury, OX16 9SA

Hub Chairman

Henry Lucas

Rural Hub Co-ordinator

Jane Hampson

Tel: 07780 159291

Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC Directors

Henry Lucas (Hub Chairman)
Graham Collier (Hub Deputy Chairman)
Paul Rice
Carrie Robbins
Alexandra Robinson
James Walton


Hub Steering Group Members

Luke Ryder, NFU
Mark Dickin, Ellacotts Accountants
Susan Lewis, S2M Marketing
Tom Newbery, Highfield Farm
Mark Meadows, Tithe Farm
Alexandra Robinson, Wright Hassall LLP
Bob Slater, Slater Farm Management Services
Chris Tallis, Tallis Amos Group
Jef Tuyn, Agricultural Consultant
Matt Willmott, King's Seeds
John Slee, Abbey Farm


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