We are hopefully through the worst of the recession and there will be opportunities for all of us as the economy recovers. We highlighted some of these which would be of interest to farmers, landowners and rural property owners. The seminars were held at the following venues:
Savoy Park Hotel, Ayr
Tuesday 2 March 2010
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Douglas Arms Hotel
Thursday 4 March 2010
7 pm for 7.30 pm
Our speakers were as follows:
Tommy Loudon of CKD Galbraith
From an Ayrshire farming background, Tommy specialises in Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) grant applications. Formerly with FWAG where he worked for many years, he has a 100% record of successful SRDP applications since joining CKD Galbraith in early 2009.
He provided an overview of the opportunities within the SRDP grant scheme and how to improve your chances of a successful application.
Simon Brown of CKD Galbraith
Simon is Head of Farm Agency for CKD Galbraith and also runs our Castle Douglas office. He also farms on his own account near Borgue in Kirkcudbrightshire. He provided an update on the rural property market covering farms and farmland, together with the country residential and development markets.
Neil Wilson of Clydesdale Bank (Ayr Seminar) / Malcolm Morrison of Clydesdale Bank (Castle Douglas Seminar)
Neil Wilson is a partner in the Treasury Solutions Department of the Clydesdale Bank in Glasgow and is also a farmer. Malcolm Morrison is the Agricultural Manager for the Clydesdale Bank for Dumfries and Galloway. They spoke about the fallout from the banking crisis, the reasons for the Banks' present lending policies, and likely future development. They also presented the Bank's research on the prospects for agricultural commodities in the next few years: milk, livestock and cereals.