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Conference programme:
DAY 1  
11:30 am Arrival and Registration (Tea and Coffee available)
11:50 am Welcome and Introduction
Cecilia Motley and Graham Biggs
12:00 pm Panel Discussion:
- Professor John Shepherd (Professor of Geography (Emeritus) at Birkbeck College University of London)
- Alan Spedding (Rusource)
- Adrian Banford (Rural Animateur Cumbria)
- Councillor Hazel Brand (Rural Champion at Bassetlaw District Council)
- James Derunion (Principal Lecturer in Countryside Planning at the University of Gloucestershire

13:00 pm Lunch
14:00 pm Measuring the Impact of Rural Economic Development
Claire Watts (External Grants and Funding Manager from East Riding of Yorkshire Council)
14:45 pm Local Government Finance and The Implications of the Business Rates Regime for Rural Areas
Dan Bates (Pixel Financial Management)

15:30 pm Local Authority perspective on Local Government Finance – Business Rates Pilot
Anthony Humphreys (Cornwall Council)
16:00 pm Summing up key points from the first day Ivan Annibal
18:30 pm Evening Drinks Reception - Queens Hotel, Cheltenham
Alice Grimes (Big Lottery)



DAY 2  
9:30 am

Arrival and Registration (Tea and Coffee available)

9:50 am

Welcome and Introduction
Cecilia Motley and Graham Biggs*

10:05 am

Plenary 1 - People, Place and Prosperity

10.05 am

The Road to Somewhere - Understanding our Divided Communities
David Goodhart (Policy Exchange)

10:50 am

The Rural Economy
Dr Ruth McAreavey (Newcastle University)

11:20 am

Morning Tea and Coffee

11:40 am
 Carole Walker thumnail  Session to be chaired by high-profile journalist and presenter Carole Walker 

The Role of Landscape and the Environment in Shaping Distinctive Local Economies

Helen Noble (CEO of Pennine Prospects)

12:10 pm

Panel Q&A

12:40 pm

Workshop 1 - Hints and Tips for Rural Growth

(Delegates choose 2 workshops from the choices below - each workshop is repeated in the second workshop session at 14:05 pm)

A - Food Enterprise Zones in Practice (Martin Collison - Collison and Associates)

B - Your Village in 2027 – From Drone Deliveries to Driverless Cars (Daniel Heery - Cybermoor)

C - Roads and Regeneration (Richard Wills Executive Director for Environment and Economy - Lincolnshire County Council)

13:15 pm Lunch
14:05 pm

Workshop 2 - Hints and Tips for Rural Growth

(Delegates attend their second choice of workshop from the list provided above)

14:40 pm Afternoon Tea and Coffee
15:00 pm Plenary 2 - The Big Picture
15:00 pm
Carole Walker thumnail   Session to be chaired by high-profile journalist and presenter Carole Walker 

Our Sustainable Approach to Rural Economic Development

Charlotte Wright (Chief Executive Officer of Highlands and Islands Enterprise)

15:25 pm Managing local flood risks in rural areas: experiences of Lead Local Flood Authorities
Hannah Burgess (Flood Risk Manager - Staffordshire County Council)

15:50 pm Question and Answers
16:05 pm Summing Up and Close
Cecilia Motley
  *As an outcome we will ask delegates to reflect during the day and fill in a "shopping list" of the 5 key things they need to do in the light of the conference to build the prosperity of their authority/services


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Conference Pricing

RSN Member - £235*

Non Member - £285*

All prices stated are exclusive of VAT

Book a place
- To book a place online please click here
(Please note online booking fees apply)

- To download a booking form and request an invoice please click here

Please return or email completed forms to:

Rural Services Network, Kilworthy Park, Tavistock, PL19 0BZ
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28th August 2017

The Queens Hotel in Cheltenham is our designated conference hotel.

The phone number of the Queens Hotel is 01242 307800.

There are also many other hotels available in the Cheltenham area.

Speaker Biographies
The speakers biographies will be available soon.

Venue location

The Conference will be held at the University of Gloucestershire's Park Campus in Cheltenham

The address for the campus is:
The Park, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham GL50 2RH

Directions how to get to the venue can be found here

You can download a map of the campus here

There will be parking available at the venue. Please note there is a small charge for a days pay and display at the venue.

Taxi numbers
Below is a list of some of the taxi firms who run in the Cheltenham location:
Starline Taxis - 01242 250250
Dial a Cab - 01242 242424
Andycars - 070 9330 2320
Spa Taxi - 01242 807666

Contact us
All enquiries to:

Rural Services Network - 01822 851370

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Please return completed forms to:

Post: Rural Services Network, Kilworthy Park, Tavistock, PL19 0BZ

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