Scottish Land and Estates hosted the final demo day of the year at Brechin Castle Centre examining retail businesses. Around 30 people attended to hear from the speakers, enjoy lunch and have a tour around the centre.
Richard Cooke from Dalhousie Estates kicked off the event by discussing the planning and development of the Centre when diversifying the primarily farming and sporting business. Yvonne Ritchie manages the Centre and shared her experiences of building the business including staffing and product selection. James Abbot from A Hume Outdoor Clothing then spoke to the group about ecommerce and the use of social media when growing a retail business. After coffee and traybakes John Sinclair from Craigie’s Farm near Edinburgh spoke about diversifying a tenanted farm and how his good relationship with the landlord has enabled the development of a very successful farm shop and café. Robin Dandie from the events sponsors Johnston Carmichael completed the line up and left everyone feeling more informed about business structure and tax considerations. The day was completed with homemade soup and sandwiches and a chance to explore the Brechin Castle Centre.