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LSA Fellowship Scheme are seeking new entrants

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LSA Fellowship Scheme :

12th August 2019

 

The LSA CT Fellowship are seeking news entrants or developing manager within horticulture to apply for the Fellowship Scheme.

John Cappalonga of Gee Vee Enterprise said: “The LSA Trust has set up a Fellowship scheme to develop six promising individuals per year that prepares students for Horticultural leadership in a wide variety of settings within the industry. This comes at a very crucial and exciting time for Horticulture as we seek to improve and modernise in tune with 21st Century techniques of growing and preparations for Brexit.”

Within the Fellowship the individual will have the opportunity to attend; ‘Technical Meetings’ covering topics such as crop protection, resources, and productivity, a Study Tour, Technical/strategic committees of the participating trade bodies and attend a series of the visits where Fellows host the members of their cohort at their place of employment

The Fellowship launched in January 2019 and the first 6 Fellows have been immersed in the scheme for 7 months attending a plethora of industry events and meetings.

“Being part of the LSA fellowship scheme has been a real privilege. I have attended multiple events that have been both interesting, thought provoking and useful in terms of taking ideas back to my place of work. Many of the events I would not have normally got the opportunity to attend and have benefited me hugely in terms of career development. I also feel the whole process has given me a much better understanding of the horticultural industry. All the Fellows are extremely knowledgeable and having the chance to discuss the similarities and differences between how our businesses operate has really opened my eyes to different ways of working and thinking. There is a huge range of diversity in terms of the different areas of the horticultural industry each fellow works and this has meant I have been able to learn a lot about areas of the industry I wouldn’t normally be exposed to. I would highly recommend the LSA fellowship scheme to any young person who is looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of the horticultural industry. ”

Charles Croft, Trainee Growing Manager, APS Produce.

 

Here are the top reasons why you should be applying for the LSA CT Fellowship Scheme:

  • Increase your understanding of the commercial horticulture industry and the role that trade bodies play in the development of industry strategies.
  • A two-year scheme increasing your knowledge of current research and wider industry issues.
  • You will be awarded a bursary of up to £3,000 which you can draw down on to cover your activities within the scheme.
  • Opportunity to attend meetings and study tours across the horticulture sectors, covering technical, strategic and marketing.
  • Chance to experience the entire horticulture industry from propagation to field production.

Applications for year two of the Fellowship will be open from the 2nd of September, visit www.lsactfellowship.org for more details.

The Scheme is being supported by the National Farmers Union, British Growers Association, The Horticultural Trades Association, the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.

 

For further information on the LSA CT Fellowship Scheme please contact Coral Russell, 01507 602427

Pretty Mudder!

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BGA Pretty Mudder!

The British Growers team have made it through the Race for Life, Pretty Mudder raising £759.00. The team battled their way through mud pools, under cargo netting and over obstacles they looked filthy by the time they were through.

 

 

We would like to thank everyone who supported the team, donating money and cheering them on during the day.

Finding a Solution to the Seasonal Worker Challenge

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Jack Ward has been in meetings with officials from the Home Office looking for practical solutions to the challenge of securing adequate numbers of seasonal workers in the future. Jack explained that the meeting was part of a series of meetings held with Govt Depts and the Edible Horticulture Round Table of which he is the co-chair. The meeting was set up at the request of the Home Office and formed part of their consultation on the White Paper on Immigration published at the end of 2018.

The Government is keen to find a balance between the need for greater control over the numbers of non UK nationals seeking work the UK and the needs of industry. We used the meeting to highlight that the use of seasonal workers makes minimal difference to the numbers seeking to settle permanently in the UK. In the vast majority of cases, seasonal workers come to the UK and return home when the work runs out at the end of the season. The immigration Bill is likely to complete its passage through parliament later this year. The Bill will be largely enabling legislation and the detail will follow in 2020 once the consultation on the fine print is complete.

Fundraising is Getting Dirty!

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The British Growers team will become the Mud Warriors when they take part in the Hull Pretty Mudder on July 6th. They will be raising money for Cancer Research UK, a cause which is so important to all of us. The team will battle the 5k obstacle course dressed in their finest pink apparel and ready for action as they scramble, climb and clamber over mud pits, mud slides and mud tunnels.

Cancer is happening right now, which is why the team is taking part in a Race for Life Pretty Muddy: to raise money and save lives.

1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Every single pound you donate makes a difference to Cancer Research UK’s ground-breaking work, so please sponsor now.

It would be brilliant if you would like to support the team by giving generously to Cancer Research. To donate please visit the fundraising page.

All the pictures of the Mud Warriors, however embarrassing, will be shared after the race.

On the evening of Friday 5 July whilst you are stepping into your pj’s or having another Gin Pauline will be taking part in The Ben Nevis Midnight Challenge for the Alzheimer’s Society and trekking through the night to the summit of Ben Nevis in Scotland.

“Why? In memory of Peter Roy Nicholson, my father… builder, businessman, wise owl, hero, best mate, confidante, I was truly blessed to have had him as my Dad. Having enjoyed the best of health during his life, he was struck down with Alzheimer’s. I watched someone I love slip away with this devastatingly cruel illness knowing there was no cure. Anyone’s family who has been touched by Alzheimer’s knows only too well that the torture your loved one suffers and the effect it has on the family as they witness this horrendous illness; It is heart breaking.”

Taking part in The Ben Nevis Challenge will help raise funds towards vital research for a cure of this terrible illness and support for those suffering. Donations of support will be very much appreciated, visit Pauline’s page.

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

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Event Sponsorship Opportunities

There are some exciting sponsorship opportunities available for our upcoming events. If you are interested in any of the opportunities below, please contact Debbie Stacey on admin@britishgrowers.org or 01507 602427.

 

Asparagus Grower Association Biennial Conference :  Tuesday 16 July 2019

National Agri-Food Innovation Campus (NAFIC), Sand Hutton, YO41 1LZ

Main Conference Sponsorship Package – x 2

–          Company logo on all conference literature with company literature insert in handout

–          Trade stand – 6m x 1.5m, with first choice of location

–          Use of banners on stage and around the venue

–          Delegate tickets (5) and dinner tickets (5)

 

UK Vining Pea Industry Conference :  Tuesday 05 November 2019 

The Kingsgate Centre, Peterborough

Main Conference Sponsorship Package

–          Company logo on all conference literature with company literature insert in handout

–          Trade stand – 6m x 1.5m, with first choice of location

–          Use of banners on stage and around the venue

–          Chairmanship of either morning or afternoon conference session

–          Delegate tickets (5)

 

The Onion and Carrot Conference : Wednesday 20 November 2019

The Cambridge Corn Exchange

Lunch Sponsorship

–          Acknowledgment, logo and link on the conference website.  Plus, acknowledgment in the programme and on the opening slides

–          Up to 3m trade stand space in a location of your choice, giving access to all delegates

–          Participation in the choice of lunch options.

–          2 delegate tickets and 2 conference dinner tickets

Programme Sponsorship

–          Acknowledgment, logo and link on the conference website.

–          Acknowledgment in the conference programme and conference opening slides

–          2 delegate tickets for the conference.

–          Participation in the design of the programme.

Dinner Sponsorship £4,000

–          Acknowledgment, logo and link on the conference website

–          Recognition in the handout and fliers

–          Recognition of sponsorship on the dinner menu

–          Banners/publicity material in the dining area

–          Opportunity for involvement with the Dinner planning

–          Opportunity to brief the after-dinner speaker prior to the event

–          Table of 10 for the evening dinner

Post Conference Drinks Reception Sponsorship £1,500

–          Onion Bhajis and Craft Beer drinks reception

–          Acknowledgment, logo and link on the conference website

–          Recognition of sponsorship on the programme

–          Company banners at the drink’s reception

–          2 conference tickets

–          Opportunity to sample and choose the beers served