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NFUS and Barclays Hosting Free Business Workshops in Ayrshire

NFU Scotland’s Ayrshire region, in partnership with Barclays, are hosting a series of free to attend workshops to drive forward farm businesses in Ayrshire.

The first workshop being held is ‘How to attract the best staff and to be a great employer’ and will run from 10:45am to 2pm on Wednesday 12 June, with lunch included, at the Training Room in the J F Niven Building, Auchincruive.

This session will look at how businesses can build up a positive reputation as an employer, recruiting the right people, retain staff and build a motivated team.  It will also look at examples of successful employers.

Anyone interested in this workshop should register with NFU Scotland Ayrshire Regional Manager Christine Cuthbertson by e-mailing Christine.cuthbertson@nfus.org.uk or text WS and the names of those looking to attend to 07775 838926.  Bookings can also be taken on 0131 472 4000.

Ahead of the event, Christine Cuthbertson said: “Ayrshire has some super family farm businesses and in an ever-changing world, it is important that we support farming families to manage their businesses and explore new opportunities.

“This programme of free to attend workshops will offer something of interest for everyone. We are grateful to Barclays for their support to make this happen. I would encourage people to have a look at the programme and to register their interest.”

There is set to be a different workshop being held every month from August onwards, covering a range of issues including additional farm income opportunities, the safe use of agricultural vehicles, secure use of online banking and looking out for mental health in the workplace.

A spokesperson from Barclays said: “Barclays has supported the agricultural sector since 1744, helping farmers to grow their business and thrive, even in challenging times. We know that sector expertise and local knowledge is crucial in understanding a business, which is why we have over 150 Agricultural Managers across the UK, including a dedicated team of face to face relationship managers in Scotland.

“Barclays is proud to support the roll out of these important training events in partnership with NFU Scotland. The challenges and changes facing the industry mean diversification is key, and we’re here to help farmers adapt for the future.

“Barclays is committed to supporting rural communities, and this free training programme is the latest in a series of initiatives to help local economies thrive.” Ends

Notes to Editors

  • The first workshop is being held at Training Room, J F Niven Building, Auchincruive, Ayr, KA6 5HW, from 10:45am till 2pm on Wednesday 12 June.
  • To register an interest in the workshops or to secure a place at the event on June 12, e-mail Christine.cuthbertson@nfus.org.uk or text WS and the names of those looking to attend to 07775 838926.   Alternatively, call 0131 472 4000 to book your place.

Author: Douglas Ross

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News Article No.: 81/19


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