20.11.2020

Brexit webinars to support the global ornamental horticulture industry

Prepare for Brexit: are you ready for the changes?

We are working together with The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and FloraCulture International (FCI) to organise two webinars preparing the global ornamental horticultural industry for Brexit.

We invite plant breeders, growers, traders, auctions, distributors, retailers and the landscape sector to two webinars on Wednesday 2 December and Friday 4 December designed to help the horticultural supply chain understand the changes that will come into effect from 1 January 2021.

The first webinar is run in association with the UK’s Horticultural Trades Association (HTA). The HTA notes that the UK imports about £350m-worth of plants a year (excluding cut flowers). This figure demonstrates the need for practical preparation on both sides as the EU support mechanisms that have been in place for more than 40 years, and more importantly during the Coronavirus pandemic, won’t be there after 31 December.

Key industry stakeholders will share their research, knowledge, and insight into what the future holds and how the industry needs to prepare, whether or not there is a Brexit deal agreed.

AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe comments “These webinars are taking place at a critical time, just one month before trade between the EU and UK will change dramatically.  There are many unanswered questions in the trade and concerns about how it will all work as well as the longer-term impact on supply to the UK market. This is a unique opportunity to get the latest update and will be a valuable discussion for the entire industry.”

2 December: plants, trees and bulbs

The first webinar on Wednesday 2 December from 3pm CET focusses on cultivation, export and import of plants, trees and bulbs. Speakers are: Sally Cullimore of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) from the UK, Eline van den Berg of Royal FloraHolland, Stefan Koopman of Rabobank, Bruce Harnett of Kernock Park Plants from Cornwall-UK and Henk Westerhof of Anthos.

4 December: cut flowers

The second webinar on Friday 4 December from 3pm CET focusses on cultivation, export and import of cut flowers. Speakers are: Nigel Jenney of Fresh Produce Consortium, Ian Michell of Flamingo Group UK, Eline van den Berg of Royal FloraHolland, Stefan Koopman of Rabobank and Augusto Solano of Asocolflores from Colombia.

Both online webinars are free of charge and English spoken. You can find more information and register links by clicking the buttons below.