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30 Jan 2019
BFMD and Brexit

Business Forum considers Brexit

We chaired yet another well-attended Business Forum Mid Devon tonight - no doubt thanks to some charismatic speakers on the hot topic of the day: Brexit.

Linda Middleton-Jones, of International Trade Matters Ltd, gave a presentation on the effects to the Mid Devon economy before, during and after Brexit. Drawing on more than 25 years’ experience in international commerce across manufacturing, nuclear and aviation sectors, she provided colourful examples and answers that challenged, warned and excited local businesses in equal measure.

We also had a presentation from Chris Shears of Mid Devon District Council. Chris gave a talk on the Council’s economic strategy 2019-2024 including the aim to increase wages and skills, delivering growth and increasing productivity. This neatly led into the final speaker who is leading the drive to up-tech one of Devon's primary industries: agriculture.

Richard Tucker, winner of the Young Farmer of the Year award, explained how he uses technology, including a ‘plonker’ to measure grass growth and yields, and how he can then use this data to calculate the effect on milk production and allows the farm to make profit forecasts.

The audience left in no doubt that, whatever Brexit brings, Mid Devon - and Devon at large - has the skills and motivation to thrive.