HTA: Keep up to date with latest issues affecting British Ornamental Plant Producers

Retailers, growers and suppliers to the garden industry are invited to attend the British Ornamental Plant Producers (BOPP) AGM & Technical Seminar which takes place on Thursday 25 September 2014 at the Oak Tree Stoneleigh Park, Coventry. The event will bring guests together to learn about and discuss the current issues affecting the industry and also provide an update on the strategy and activities of the BOPP Scheme.

New for the event this year will be the chance for delegates to attend two workshops. These workshops will be interactive and provide the opportunity to explore the different topics that affect individual businesses.

Consultant Paula Edgington will host a workshop on the importance of developing, implementing and maintaining a quality management system within a business, along with an achievable and effective policy and objectives.

Anna Cook (HTA) will host a workshop focusing on supplier management covering aspects such as the benefits of effective management and tools to assess the risks associated with suppliers. There will also be an interactive exercise for delegates to participate in.

Adding to the line-up of speakers on the day,Horticultural Development Company?s Bolette Neve, will discuss what the future holds after a new wave of regulatory pressure has left growers with reduced options for crop protection. Bolette will explore how we navigate this new regulatory landscape. Other key speakers include Dan Murray, SEDEX and Raoul Curtis-Machin, HTA.

As well as updates on crop protection and new biocide regulations, the programme will include a grower panel session focussing on Biomass boilers. Biomass technology offers the potential for growers to address rising fuel prices and to reduce their environmental impact, although for many there are unanswered questions about the practicalities of its implementation. BOPP members, including Richard Harnett, Kernock Park Plants and Simon Earley, Earley Ornamentals, will share their own experiences of installing the technology and answer questions from the audience

The AGM & Technical Seminar 2014 promises to be a must-attend event for all those looking to keep up to date with the latest legislation and important issues concerning British Ornamental Plant Producers.

Places cost just ?15 + VAT for members and ?25 + VAT for non members ? just complete and return the form at www.the-hta.org.uk/events to book your places today.

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