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Event looks to future by showcasing services; FARMING.

Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk

HARRISON & Hetherington's Wooler mart is inviting the Northumberland farming community to an information event, showcasing the rural services on offer in the area.

On Tuesday, March 1, the H&H Group's chief executive Brian Richardson will be introducing his staff before outlining the company's offering outside of holding of regular sales.

Dr James Taylor, senior lecturer at Newcastle University, will then give a talk on the recent developments in precision pasture farming.

Dr Taylor is an acknowledged expert, having gained experience in Australia, France and the USA as well as the UK.

The event will likewise hear from Steven Swift who will be giving a brief overview of Rural Protect, an insurance policy designed to protect farmers from litigation.

His talk will cover some commonly recurring claims and how best to protect against them, as well as the implications of legal privilege and how farmers can ensure they have the best legal protection.

The final speaker of the evening, then, will be David Hannon, head of Agriculture UK for Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, before proceedings are rounded up with a Q&A session and a light supper at the mart.

At this point, members of H&H Land and Property, Harrison & Hetherington and H&H Insurance Brokers will be on hand to chat and answer queries.

The H&H Group is an unquoted plc with an excess of 1,000 shareholders and a heritage going back over 140 years.

Originally founded as a farmstock auctioneers business, the group now operates as a holding company, running seven operating businesses, including chartered surveyors, machinery and vehicle auctioneers and commercial printers.

Mr Richardson said: "The aim is to provide an introduction to the H&H Group of companies, and the services and products we can provide for our Northumberland customers.

"The mart will also provide direct access to H&H Land and Property and H&H Insurance Brokers, whose businesses will have a local base there.

"Harrison and Hetherington acquired Wooler when it purchased the two border-based marts of John Swan & Sons Plc in October last year.

"This is our first opportunity since we moved into the area to introduce ourselves, welcome and meet people across the district."

He added that the event was "really looking to the future".

"We are committed to building a livestock-focused rural business enterprise at Wooler," he said.

"With rural insurance, property and livestock expertise on hand, the hope is that the mart will be a mecca for rural business and the rural community."

Anyone wishing to attend the event, which begins at 6.30pm and is open to all farmers, should contact Carolyn Charlton, on 01228 406232 or e-mail carolync@borderway.com.

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Date:Feb 27, 2016
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