Upcoming RED Talks

Rural Economic Development Talks, better known as RED Talks, began in 2020 to address the issues the rural economy and allied industries were facing from a global pandemic and the UK’s exit from the European Union. Positive and action-oriented in outlook, the Talks have been attended by over 1000 businesses from 25 countries worldwide for their unique combination of political and macroeconomic overviews, industry insight and sustainable finance and business advice.

RED Talks are held online and last between an hour and 90 minutes. The debates are too interesting to curtail! We bring together the best minds in politics, economics, business, finance, academia, medicine and science to discuss the big issues of the day and support leaders in agriculture, food and farming to find and seize opportunities for sustainable progress and growth. Following a series of short, snappy briefings from a thoughtfully selected panel of experts, the floor is opened to questions and comments from the audience so we can tailor the session to what you need.

RED Talks are delivered in collaboration with our professional services partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson.


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What does British Food need from the next government?

With a general election on the horizon, RPG will be spending 2024 asking British Food what it wants and needs from the next government. We’ll be speaking to industry experts and business leaders about the policies, funding and tax legislation they hope to see in the RED Talk series. And taking the temperature of businesses in a series of polls and surveys. 

Lincolnshire Show

Asks of an Incoming Government

With a general election two weeks after the Show, now is a good time to ask the UK’s farmers what they need and what they want from the next government. Join this interactive debate with audience involvement to discuss how government, and industry and government together, can create a more supportive environment for farm businesses. Hosted in partnership with the NFU, Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology (LIAT), Savills and MHA. 

After the Show we’ll be delivering an open letter to the leaders and Efra spokespeople of the main parties, new Cabinet, new Defra ministers and new Efra Committee to let them know what farming needs to safeguard its future.

This event will be held in-person for those attending the first day of the Lincolnshire Show.

Great Yorkshire Show

Shaking Up Sustainable Farming

With a general election just days before the Great Yorkshire Show, we’ll be asking farmers what they need and what they want from the incoming government. Join us to have your say on how we secure the financial and environmental sustainability of the food system. Join us in the Innovation Zone to debate with fellow farmers, food value chain professionals and a panel of experts how we can establish a more supportive environment for farm businesses. This event is hosted in partnership with Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Newcastle University, Oxbury Bank plc and MHA.

This is your opportunity to advise the incoming government how to protect our farming heritage and deliver a sustainable supply of high standard, high welfare and nutritious food. Share your thoughts on supply chain fairness, food security planning, governmental approaches to policy, taxation and funding, agritech innovation, labour shortages, development of green markets, B2B collaboration, food pricing and anything else that affects your business.

After the Show we’ll be delivering a letter to the new team of Defra ministers and the entire front bench, the new EFRA Committee, party leaders and environment spokespeople for all the main political parties, aligned committees in the House of Lords and the media.

Live at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

This is a free event for those attending the Great Yorkshire Show. 

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