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2014 NFAN Annual Conference

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Past event – 11th & 12th February 2014

Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2HU

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11th & 12th February 2014

Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2HU

The Annual Conference is the biggest event of the NFAN calendar. Back for 2014, the NFAN Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition was the biggest yet, with nearly 150 farm attraction delegates and over 60 trade stands.

Delegates met fellow operators, learnt from a bumper packed conference programme and metthe key suppliers of the industry all under one roof.

Thank you to sponsors.

For every event, NFAN are always extremely grateful to their sponsors, who help keep delegate prices down.

Main Gold Conference Sponsors
S. Gregory MarshLogo DaviesLogo
Pre Conference Tour Sponsors    Award Dinner Sponsor
Agility Marketing logo Timber Play logo Partners Group Logo
10th February Programme: Yorkshire Wildlife Park visit

On the way to Harrogate, we arranged free entry for delegates to visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park with a tour at 2 pm.  Over 60 delegates attended the tour and it paved the way for a very successful event.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is the newest wildlife attraction in the UK and used to be a farm park.  It was amazing to see how it had been transformed.

11th February Programme: Open Day at Cannon Hall Farm

Many delegates hadn’t been to the award-winning Cannon Hall Farm in South Yorkshire and it was clear to see why it was award winning.

Welcoming over 250,000 visitors annually, the attraction includes 7 huge animal barns that have been built to provide excellent viewing for families (whilst working for their commercial farming business too), a £400,000 adventure playground (including the biggest tube maze in Europe), newly expanded tea rooms and an award-winning butchery.

With thanks to our sponsors Agility Marketing and Timber Play

11th February: Informal NFAN Awards Dinner

For the first time ever, the 2014 NFAN awards were presented at an informal Networking Dinner. With networking being a key benefit to NFAN, the format worked extremely well.

With thanks to our sponsor: The Partners Group

12th February: Main Conference Programme & Trade Exhibition

Alongside the Main Conference, we ran our ever popular Trade Exhibition.  With over 60 exhibitors, click here to see the full list who exhibited.  We are very grateful for the trade that support our Conference as they allow us to keep our conference fees as low as possible.

Download the Conference Presentations

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A recap of the Main Conference
9.15 am Welcome and Introduction –  NFAN Chairman Matthew Heast
9.20 am Looking back and moving forward: The future of NFAN – The NFAN Committee
10.00 am The Team: How a Yorkshire farmer reluctantly went to Disney and had a revelation – Tom Pearcy, York Maze
10.30 am Happy Customers: How to achieve positive online reviews – Anita Waddell, Agility Marketing
10.40 am Learn from the best – The 2014 Farm Attraction of the Year winner
10.50am Coffee/tea and a chance to visit the Trade Exhibition
11.30 am Getting more from your gift shop spend – Mike Bennett, Yorkshire Wildlife Park
11.50 am Avoiding the 5 common mistakes in bank lending – Phil Barker, Lloyds TSB
12.10 pm NFAN AGM
12.20pm Networking Lunch and Trade Exhibition
2pm How a graduate placement can accelerate growth: A farm park’s success story – Louise Possegger and team, Spring Barn Farm
2.20pm Be number one: How to become and award-winning attraction – Cath Dutton, People Junction
2.40 pm Afternoon tea and the chance to visit the Trade Exhibition
3.20pm Learning Outside the Classroom: Attracting top marks for your school visits – Gary Richardson, Countryside Learning.
3.40 pm Food for thought: Creating best-in-class catering – The 2014 Catering Award Winner
4pm Refreshments and close

Download the full Conference Programme here

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