Finances under the spotlight with HSBC experts

23 March 2022

Mark Berrisford-Smith addresses NFU Conference

Mark Berrisford-Smith addresses NFU Conference

Farm finances, banking, markets, prospects and sector profitability will be put under the microscope at a NFU meeting with high profile guest speakers.

The NFU will welcome leading economist Mark Berrisford-Smith on 28 March after the HSBC UK chief economist for commercial banking agreed to address farmers and growers.

He will be joined by Martin Hanson, HSBC Head of Agriculture, at the NFU West Midlands meeting, organised by Warwickshire NFU.

They will look and discuss a whole host of economic issues from farm profitability to investment and sustainability.

Members are invited at 6.30pm, for a prompt 7pm start, to the event in the Knightsbridge Room, at NFU Conference Centre, Stoneleigh Park. 

NFU Deputy President Tom Bradshaw will attend and be welcomed by Warwickshire NFU chairman Mark Meadows who will oversee proceedings. 

George Bostock, NFU Warwickshire county adviser, said: “We are delighted to secure such high calibre speakers for the meeting and I’m sure members will find the discussions useful.”

“This is a chance for members to hear and question both men, who are some of the UK’s top banking professionals, not just about the financial challenges for farming but also for the worldwide economy.

“We want to look at everything financial, which affects our industry and we’d also like to encourage lots of discussion during the question and answer session.”

Mr Berrisford-Smith is one of HSBC’s most senior national commentators on the economy and advises on developments in the UK and global economies. He takes a particular interest in monitoring the performance of European countries, and also China.

Mr Hanson has vast experience in agriculture and rural affairs and his specialist focus is on supporting members through Brexit and helping them identify opportunities for future growth.

Booking is essential and for further details and to confirm times please contact the regional office on 01952 400500 or [email protected] by email.

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