Beta Snippets October 2018

Beta Snippets October 2018



Hello there,

Welcome to the October issue of BETA Snippets – a monthly update of your trade association's latest news and initiatives. We've got a timely reminder about next week's annual BETA Conference and the 2018 Equine Thesis of the Year Award, and a link for nominating the individual or organisation you think worthy of winning a BETA Business Award. We're also delighted to introduce our new SQP CPD roadshow…

Book your place at the BETA Conference

If you haven't already booked your place at this year's BETA Conference, it's not too late, as day delegate tickets are still available at a cost of £45 for members and £75 for non-members, both plus VAT.

The conference – with its Time to Grow theme – takes place on Monday 29 October at the De Vere Staverton Estate Hotel, near Daventry, Northamptonshire, and it offers a handy 12 CPD points for SQPs.

We have some great speakers on board, including Amanda Chadwick, of Croner, looking at managing staff in the digital age, political commentator John Arnold providing an update on Brexit and the political landscape, and Clara Kellock, of Citrus Lime, talking about the future of retailing.

Bookings for day delegates can be made by completing a registration form here and returning it to the email address provided or by contacting Tina Hustler in the BETA office


Show support for undergraduate research

If you're interested in hearing some thought-provoking undergraduate dissertations, why not come along to the final of the BETA Equine Thesis of the Year competition? It takes place at the same venue as the BETA Conference, the De Vere Staverton Estate Hotel – on the previous day, Sunday 28 October, at 1.30pm. There's a diverse range of studies being put in the spotlight:

● Harper Adams University – Laura De'Ath. Thesis: An Investigation into Whether or Not Hay Nets as a Feeding Mechanism Induces Muscular Discomfort in Certain Cervical Muscles in the Horse.
● Myerscough College – Natalie Owen. Thesis: An Investigation into How Judgements are Formed Regarding Acceptable Quality of Life of Leisure Horses.
● University of Limerick – Maureen Cunningham. Thesis: Validation of the RumiWatch System to Measure Chewing Activity of Horses on Restricted and Ad Libitum Feeding Systems.
● Writtle University College – Caitlyn Cuthbert. Thesis: The Effect of Isolation on Equine Behaviour, Heart Rate and Heart Variability While Exercised on a Horse Walker.

The judges will make their decision on the winner once the presentations are complete. If you would like to attend, please get in touch to register your interest.

Want to know what Brexit means for
your business?

A recent webinar hosted by WorldFirst, SimplyVAT and the Institute of Export looked at the top three considerations that businesses trading internationally need to be aware of as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

It covers customs and logistics, taxes and harmonisation, what will happen to the pound and how to protect your business.

You can view the webinar here or check out the presentation here in a PDF format.


Learner of the Year Awards

The search is well under way to find the winners of Lantra Scotland's 2019 Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. Schools, colleges and rural employers are being asked to put their best learners forward to celebrate and reward the industry's best talent.

The award categories span a range of rural and environmental industries – including equine. So, if you have someone who fits the bill, why not nominate them? You can find nomination forms here. The deadline for submissions is 9 November, so there is still time. The winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Double Tree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 7 March 2019.


Free visitor pass to BETA International 2019

A visit to BETA International really is a must for BETA members. Registration is now open, so why not beat the rush and apply for your free visitor pass today? There are lots of savings and free initiatives to make your trade fair experience even better – free parking, free after-show drinks and 25% off the price of rail tickets to the show, thanks to Virgin Trains.

For BETA retail members, there are also some great additional benefits – a £50 subsidy for companies visiting the show for at least two days to offset the cost of travel and accommodation, and refreshment vouchers up to a maximum value of £20 per company per day to be spent in catering outlets in the halls.

Setting plans in place really is key, so why not let the show's dedicated hotel booking agent, Event Express, get you the very best accommodation deals. You can also check out travel information – and source the Virgin Trains deal – here.


Read the BETA field officer's report

Our field officer, Tricia Nassau-Williams (right), does a cracking job of keeping in touch with our retail members, providing support, feeding back views and suggestions, and visiting retailers who are interested in joining BETA.

At last month's Retail Committee and BETA Council meetings, she provided her latest report, giving us a crucial glimpse into the current situation in the retail sector. Her report includes:

Training courses, plastic bags & environmental policy, BETA retailing courses, the reasons why people join BETA,  RDA and Pony Club Rider Safety Equipment modules, the Croner business support helpline, shop theft and shop staffing and trends of the trade.

If you would like to read the full report, it can be found in the Members' Area of the BETA website.

Exciting times ahead at Your Horse Live

We are really looking forward to our annual outing to Your Horse Live, where we are sponsoring the event's main arena and hosting the Best Stand Awards and drinks reception once again. We will also be offering our free riding hat and body protector safety checks for visitors and running a range of fantastic competitions.

The official launch of BETA Feed Awareness Week 2018 will also take place at the show. Created to help dispel feeding myths and build knowledge of equine nutrition, the campaign is already proving extremely popular on our social media platforms, where members of the public are engaging with our content and entering the weekly competitions with prizes offered by our trade members.

We already have lots of retailers signed up, too, and we can't wait to see their stores decked out in #BFAW18 branded merchandise. We are told there are some great in-store promotions taking place for the events, so we are going to be "watching this space" with eager anticipation.

In the meantime, take a look at our BETA Feed Awareness Week page, with its full details and list of participating companies.

Join us for the BETA SQP CPD roadshow

Next month sees the start of our new national tour to bring CPD training for SQPs. The initiative features a series of one-day courses being offered around the country – each worth 48 points. Subjects covered include a companion animal session, checking product claims, Lyme disease and tapeworm life cycles. Get in touch if you would like a full programme and to see a list of dates and venues.

BETA Business Awards recognise the best

Nominations are still open for the 2019 BETA Business Awards, so hurry and put forward the company, individual or organisation you feel has gone above and beyond to make a difference to the industry. Here's a little reminder of the awards and deadlines:

● SEIB Retailer of  the Year – 26 November
● Weatherbeeta Group Retail Employee of the Year – 30 November
● BETA Sponsored Rider of the Year – 30 November
● STUBBS ENGLAND Nutritional Helpline of the Year – 30 November
● Equine Careers Sales Representative of the Year – 30 November
● Equestrian Event of the Year supported by Henson Franklyn – 30 November
● Ceris Burns Equestrian Export Award – 5 December
● TSM Social Media Award – 5 December
● BETA Trade Supplier of the Year – 5 December
● BETA Lifetime Achievement Award – 14 December

For nomination forms and further details, visit the BETA Business Awards page on the BETA website.