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Conference programme:
 
DAY 1  
11:30 am Arrival and Registration (Tea and Coffee available)
11:50 am Welcome and Introduction
Cecilia Motley and Graham Biggs
12:00 pm Panel Discussion
13:00 pm Lunch
14:00 pm Keynote Speaker
14:45 pm Local Government Finance and The Implications of the Business Rates Regime for Rural Areas
Dan Bates (Pixel Financial Management)

15:30 pm

Local Authority perspective on Local Government Finance – Business Rates Pilot
Cornwall Council

16:00 pm Summing up key points from the first day Ivan Annibal
18:45 pm Evening Drinks Reception - Queens Hotel, Cheltenham
Alice Grimes (Big Lottery)

 

 

DAY 2  
9:30 am

Arrival and Registration (Tea and Coffee available)

9:50 am

Welcome and Introduction
Cecilia Motley and Graham Biggs*

10:05 am

Plenary 1 - People, Place and Prosperity

10.05 am

The Road to Somewhere - Understanding our Divided Communities
David Goodhart (Policy Exchange)

10:50 am

The Rural Economy
Professor Sally Shortall (Duke of Northumberland Chair of Rural Economy, in Newcastle University)

11:20 am

Morning Tea and Coffee

11:40 am

Enterprising Rural Communities - Where they are and what makes them
Details to follow

12:10 pm

Panel Q&A

12:40 pm

Workshop 1 - Hints and Tips for Rural Growth

(Delegates choose 2 workshops from the choices below - each workshop is repeated in the second workshop session at 14:05 pm)

A - Food Enterprise Zones in Practice (Martin Collison - Collison and Associates)

B - Regenerating "Rural" (James Farrar - Chief Operating Officer - York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP)

C - Roads and Regeneration (Richard Wills Executive Director for Environment and Economy - Lincolnshire County Council)

13:15 pm Lunch
14:05 pm

Workshop 2 - Hints and Tips for Rural Growth

(Delegates attend their second choice of workshop from the list provided above)

14:40 pm Afternoon Tea and Coffee
15:00 pm Plenary 2 - The Big Picture
15:00 pm Our Sustainable Approach to Rural Economic Development
Charlotte Wright (Chief Executive Officer of Highlands and Islands Enterprise)
15:25 pm The impact of infrastructure investment on rural places
Tony Meggs (CEO - Infrastructure and Projects Authority)

15:50 pm Question and Answers
16:05 pm Summing Up and Close
Cecilia Motley
  *As an outcome we will ask delegates to reflect during the day and fill in a "shopping list" of the 5 key things they need to do in the light of the conference to build the prosperity of their authority/services

 

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Conference Pricing

Early Bird Price!
(Applies until the 16th June 2017)

- Early Bird RSN Member - £199*

- Early Bird Non Member - £249*

(After the 16th of June the regular conference price will apply of £235* for RSN Members and £285* for Non Members.)

All prices stated are exclusive of VAT


Newly Elected Councillors:
We are introducing a 5% discount (on-top of the 'Early Bird' prices) for newly elected Councillors.
For a new Councillor the 'Early Bird' prices will be:
Member rate - £189.05*
Non Member rate - £236.55*
(Please note this price for is only available for new Councillors elected for their first term office only and on an invoice only payment basis. Offer runs until the 16th of June 2017. After this regular conference prices listed above will apply.)

* All prices stated are exclusive of VAT


Book a place
- To book a place online please click here
(Please note online booking fees apply and the new Councillor rate is not available online)

- To download a booking form and request an invoice please click here

Please return or email completed forms to:

Post: 
Rural Services Network, Kilworthy Park, Tavistock, PL19 0BZ
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CLOSING DATE FOR REGISTRATIONS: 
28th August 2017

Accommodation
We have a preferential rate for rooms at the *Queens Hotel in Cheltenham.

We have a limited number of Superior Double/ Twin rooms available at the below prices:

04/09/17
£130 - Per Superior room per night single occupancy
£140
 - Per Superior room per night double occupancy

05/09/17
£135 - Per Superior room per night single occupancy
£145
 - Per Superior room per night double occupancy

Please mention the 'RSN Conference' when booking to receive this rate.

The phone number of the Queens Hotel is 01242 307800.

* Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and rooms at the promotional price are only available until the end of June 2017 so book early to avoid disappointment.

There are also many other hotels available in the Cheltenham area.


Speaker Biographies
The speakers biographies will be available soon.

Venue location

The Conference will be held at the University of Gloucestershire's Park Campus in Cheltenham

The address for the campus is:
The Park, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham GL50 2RH

Directions how to get to the venue can be found here

You can download a map of the campus here


Parking
There will be parking available at the venue. Please note there is a small charge for a days pay and display at the venue.

Taxi numbers
Below is a list of some of the taxi firms who run in the Cheltenham location:
Starline Taxis - 01242 250250
Dial a Cab - 01242 242424
Andycars - 070 9330 2320
Spa Taxi - 01242 807666

Contact us
All enquiries to:

Rural Services Network - 01822 851370

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Please return completed forms to:

Post: Rural Services Network, Kilworthy Park, Tavistock, PL19 0BZ

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.