Schedule

Morning Sessions will focus on Brexit, the review of the Common Agricultural Policy and the pros and cons of long-term leasing.

10:00 am

Opening remarks Des O' Broin, SCSI President

PHELIM O' NEILL, IRISH FARMERS JOURNAL

Agri Investment and Brexit

The Irish land market and it’s direct connection with the agricultural industry is exposed to external shocks, in particular Brexit. Phelim is an expert on international markets and EU affairs and Brexit, providing delegates with useful insight on all aspects likely to impact the marketplace. Set against the backdrop of a review of the Common Agricultural Policy, shifts are likely to occur in sales and rental activity.

MARTIN O'DONNELL, CBRE

DECLAN MCEVOY, IRISH FARM ACCOUNTS CO-OP (IFAC)

Agri-leases and Taxation

The move towards long-term leasing has improved exponentially in recent years, following the introduction of taxation reliefs for landowners. What has been the real success behind this movement, and what else needs to be done to address any anomalies in taxation regulation? Declan will provide delegates with a greater understanding of the mechanics behind the taxation model and what property professionals need to be cognisant of when advising their clients. 

Panel Discussion

DR SALLY SHORTHALL, NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY

Rural Development in NI

It’s useful to see both sides of the challenges faced by Brexit: North and SouthSally will share insights  on farming markets including agricultural land policyBrexit, rural development and social changes in farming practice. Delegates will get a better understanding of the issues facing Northern Ireland agri-related businesses, and the impact this change has had on the NI landscape and activity. 

DAVID MEREDITH, TEAGASC

Rural Policy and Strategy in Ireland
David is an expert on rural policy in Ireland, leading the Rural Development and the Rural Health Research programmes, and was Head of Research to the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (2012 – 2013) which published the current strategy for rural development in Ireland. Delegates will be provided with a greater holistic understanding of the economic drivers and strategy behind informed decision making and the success this is having on our rural economy.

12:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 pm

National Conference Begins

Workplace Culture & Talent Retention

John Ryan has been CEO at Great Place to Work in Ireland since January 2011. With the increasingly difficult employment market, attracting the right staff and retaining them is a challenge for both large and small businesses. John will provide useful insights and valuable take-aways for delegates to use and apply to their own business. Staff satisfaction is about more than salary, learn about the changes you can make so you attract and retain the best talent in the business! John will provide plenty of practical tips and advice to support your business. Bring your notebook!

VANESSA TIERNEY, ABODOO

New Ways of Working

Hiring remote workers can be intimidating, but forward-thinking companies are beating the skills shortage by doing just that. Vanessa Tierney, Abodoo will discuss best practice for managing workers that operate off site. Delegates considering or facing the change to a hybrid model of remote and office based employment will get a better understanding how best practice will help them manage a new employee trend.

STEPHEN PURCELL, FUTURE ANALYTICS

Rejuvenating Irelands Small Town Centre

Small towns across Ireland are still struggling financially since the downturn over ten years ago. As a vital part of our economic activity, what can be done to reverse this trend? Stephen, who is a chartered surveyor, is the leading researcher in the SCSI ‘Rejuvenation of Ireland’s Small Town Centre’ Report, due to be launched at the Conference. Stephen will provide delegates with the key recommendations from the report which is designed to assist local communities and authorities in improving the experience of small town centres.

Panel Discussion

Coffee Break

Maeve Hogan, PSRA

Property Licensing

Property agents have seen significant change in their professions regulation in recent years. Maeve will provide an update on current projects that will directly impact licence holders and those that procure property services, including property apprenticeships, CPD, Audits, Contracts and a new Code of Conduct publication. Delegates will learn about the PSRA program of activities and how this will impact and support their profession & business.

GRAEME TINNEY, GRIFFITHS & ARMOUR

Insurance and Risk

The availability and cost of insurance, especially PI insurance is an annual challenge for most.  How can professionals manage their risk without spending a fortune? Graeme, a Director of Griffiths & Armour, has responsibility for the firm’s activities in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. He also works closely with a number of industry bodies, supporting their efforts to tackle members’ insurance and liability concerns. Delegates will leave with plenty of tips to help them manage their annual returns and premiums.  

PROF. KIERAN MCQUINN, ESRI

Kieran’s presentation will look at capital, labour and financial constraints for property & construction in the short- to medium-term that may prevent the Irish economy from reaching its potential level of output and maintaining consistent growth. 

TOM PHILIPS, TOM PHILIPS AND ASSOCIATES

JOANNE HESSION, FOUNDER OF LIFT IRELAND

Training and Business Success

In need of some motivation after a long day?! Joanne is a portfolio entrepreneur and recognised leader in training and business development in Ireland. Through her business at The Entrepreneurs Academy, Joanne has trained over 30 thousand entrepreneurs. Be inspired and motivated to take on new challenges following this presentation.

5:30 pm

Conference Ends

7:00 pm

South East Dinner and Drinks Reception

Sponsors and Exhibitors