The O2 Rural Business Theatre

The O2 Rural Business Theatre

Join us at The O2 Rural Business Theatre to discuss and debate the challenges that rural businesses face in the every day running of their companies, from sole traders to large corporations.

Subject matters will range from technology, connectivity, human resources and the issues surrounding young people finding suitable employment in country areas, geographical and transportation challenges, the pressures of solitary working in an agricultural community and so on. We will also be highlighting some positive case studies of rural businesses thriving, as well as facing diverse challenges.

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The Rural Business Group

The Rural Business Group offers business support, inspiration, advice and guidance to rural businesses both large and small. “The Rural Business Group is proud to be working on O2’s exciting new initiative ‘The O2 Rural Business Theatre’, at Castle Howard. We are incredibly passionate about promoting rural businesses, and hope The O2 Rural Business Theatre will be a wonderful platform to share some inspirational stories of rural business owners, as well as offering practical business advice and addressing important rural issues..” - Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, directors of The Rural Business Group.

O2 Rural Business Theatre

Thursday 15th August 2019

11:00-11:40

Experts & Entrepreneurs talk Business Risk

A fun look at how risk affects rural businesses, with some fun discussions and prizes to be won! Hosted by Jules Hudson.

12:00-12:40

Careers in the Countryside - Bringing young people home to roost.

We look at  how to retain young talent in the countryside and build sustainable exciting careers with The Wold Top Brewery & Jules Hudson.

14:00-14:40

O2 Presents: Rural Stars

O2 will be welcoming some rural stars to the Rural Business Theatre, to talk about their lives and businesses and the impact connectivity has had on them.

15:00-15:40

Rural Business Inspiration

Cocktail making with Harewood House's own Eddy Lacelles. Watch as we make some wonderful refreshing cocktails whilst discussing the modern Estate business.

16:00-16:40

Rural Business Inspiration

Where business meets surfing - the inspirational story of Adventure Parc Snowdonia.

Friday 16th August 2019

11:00-11:40

Experts & Entrepreneurs talk Business Risk

A fun look at how risk affects rural businesses, with some fun discussions and prizes to be won! Hosted by Jules Hudson.

12:00-12:40

Unlocking the digital potential of rural businesses.

Amazon explains its belief in the great growth potential of rural-based businesses, offering a chance to hear directly from entrepreneurs who are harnessing digital technology to grow successful international businesses from the UK’s countryside.

14:00-14:40

O2 Presents: Rural Stars

O2 will be welcoming some rural stars to the Rural Business Theatre, to talk about their lives and businesses and the impact connectivity has had on them.

15:00-15:40

Rural Business Inspiration

Rural Business Ideas that you might not expect, with a LIVE dog clip and meal ideas for your four legged friends.

16:00-16:40

Rural Business Inspiration

Rural Business Inspiration from some of the industry's finest rural artisans hosted by Jules Hudson.

Saturday 17th August 2019

11:00-11:40

Experts & Entrepreneurs talk Business Risk

A fun look at how risk affects rural businesses, with some fun discussions and prizes to be won! Hosted by Jules Hudson.

12:00-12:40

Rural Business Inspiration

Rural Business meets Birds of prey. Learn about the beautiful birds of prey found in the UK and how they are inspiring communities to ensure their long term future.

14:00-14:40

Communities and Families at the heart of Rural Business

Tackling some of the social challenges of living in rural communites as well as creating businesses which have community and family at their heart.

15:00-15:40

Rural Business Inspiration

Do you dream of better Sleep? How wool could be the answer to your sleep troubles this summer.

16:00-16:40

Rural Business Inspiration

From baa stools to soap, unique business ideas from the humble sheep.

Sunday 18th August 2019

12:00-12:40

What's wrong with my dog food?

Dylan from Poppy's Picnic talks the best diet for your dog.

14:00-14:40

Rural Business Inspiration

Live demonstration - Creating a wild wool sheepskin with Elizabeth Kneafsey.

15:00-15:40

Nurturing young people - bringing them home to roost

A live dance performance from some of the brilliant young performers from Charlotte Jacqueline School of Dance nicely topped off with pizza making with Pucketts Pickles!

16:00-16:40

Rural Business Inspiration

Live Artist demonstrations with Rural Artists Meg Hawkins and Stacey Moore.

The O2 Rural Business Theatre

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