Business planning seminars now on in the afternoons

Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS) is an initiative being managed by CAFRE and is a key element of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. The Business Planning theme of Farm Family Key Skills addresses the needs of farmers, farm family members and farm employees to increase their levels of knowledge and awareness in business planning and risk management.

Over the past number of months CAFRE in partnership with Rural Support have been running business planning seminars across Northern Ireland focusing on areas impacting on farm businesses.  The seminars are being delivered by industry professionals from local Accountancy and Law firms who have a wide range of experience in these areas.

Topics covered include an overview and awareness of taxation including the main areas under which there may be liabilities, reliefs and allowances that may apply to farm businesses and recent tax changes that will impact on the farm business including land mobility.

These seminars will also provide farmers with important information on succession planning and business resilience and risk management including financial budgeting, forecasting and the impact of market volatility on farm profitability.

To date over half of the twenty Seminars have been delivered in local venues across Northern Ireland with dates for February now confirmed as follows:

  • Monday 5th February, Greenmount Campus, Antrim
  • Tuesday 6th February, Loughry Campus, Cookstown
  • Monday 12th February, the Milestone Centre, Carrickmore
  • Wednesday 21st February, Strangford Arms Hotel, Newtownards.

Doors open for these seminars at 7.30pm with seminars beginning at 8.00pm.

Two additional afternoon sessions have also been confirmed as follows:

  • Tuesday 13th February, Enniskillen Campus
  • Thursday 15th February, Greenmount Campus, Antrim

Doors opening at 1.00pm and seminars beginning at 1.30pm.

The seminars are free to farmers, members of the farm family and employees. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters within farm families would all benefit from attending a seminar.

Co Antrim dairy farmers Samuel Beattie and Trevor Munnis pictured discussing the importance of Business and Succession planning with Kenneth Johnston of CAFRE who in partnership with Rural Support are offering a number of Business Planning seminars throughout Northern Ireland during February and March 2018

For further information contact our delivery agent for this training programme Rural Support on 028 8676 0040 or visit

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