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Foreign markets, post-Brexit tariffs, and data protection – GIMA’s Day Conference

The Day Conference aims at preparing leaders and decision makers in horticultural businesses for what are seen as the most influential topics for the new year.

The conference is a perfect opportunity for decission makers and senior management in the horticulture sector to inform themselves on foreign markets, post-brexit tariffs, and how correct data protection procedures are crucial.



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31 October 2017

The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association’s (GIMA) conference is looking to focus on three topics which they see as most prevalent for their members and the wider garden industry.

The volatility of foreign exchange markets, customs and tariffs in a post-Brexit world, and compliance with data protection laws will be discussed by leading professionals in their respective categories.

Volatility of foreign exchange markets will be presented by John Sawyer, senior account manager with Moneycorp

The volatility of Foreign Exchange Markets is the single biggest factor currently affecting GIMA Members. Sawyer will talk about the recent volatility, especially in light of Brexit and what companies can do to mitigate their exposure to this risk.

Moneycorp are an award-winning foreign exchange specialist with over 35 years experience in currency exchange. Working with multiple liquidity providers and trading in excess of 24 billion last year, Moneycorp leverages economies of scale to pass on significant savings to clients.

Rebecca Hardy from Kidwells Solicitors will discuss the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Europe-wide framework which will come into effect on May 25, 2018.

Rebecca will go through the huge changes coming in May 2018 with the (GDPR) which will from then on completely alter how you will be expected to deal with personal data.

The responsibility for compliance will fall on company directors and senior leadership, so it will be detailed exactly how your organisation can become and remain compliant – avoiding fines or enforcement action.

In addition to the above, Raoul Curtis-Machin, director of horticulture at the HTA, will give an update on the latest thinking from the corridors of power on ‘Customs and tariffs in a post Brexit world’.

George Bullivant from Garden Forum will also be hosting another GIMA Panel Debate where members will be sharing their experiences of the hot topics of the day, including ‘trying to share the pain of price increases with retailers’. Finally, Matthew Mein from GLEE will be on hand to provide an update on GLEE at Spring Fair and the main Show later in 2018.

The conference will take place on December 7, 2017, at Horticulture House, Chilton, Oxfordshire. Tea and Coffee will be available from 10am with the conference starting at 10.30am

The price: Full Members – £60 +VAT – and Non Members – £120 +VAT.

Refreshments will be served throughout the day, with a buffet lunch provided. Follow link to book on-line email:

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