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Seed Industry Event

AHDB Potatoes event

Event date :
Event date: 
Thursday, 15 November, 2018 (All day)
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Location :
Fairmont, St Andrews, KY16 8PN

Seed Industry Event 2018, 15 November

Following the success of AHDB Potatoes Seed Industry Event in 2016, we return to the Fairmont hotel, St Andrews on 15 November with a packed programme.

This year’s event will focus on what the future may hold for the seed trade in a post-Brexit world and how to make the most of the global export market opportunities Brexit will present.

With a host of international experts discussing other key topics such as, plant health, Exports and the Safe Haven Scheme, the reputation of British seed and the benefits of benchmarking.

The conference will also feature a number of workshops where the latest research on key topics such as blackleg, aphids and virus will be revealed.

Following the event, this year’s Potato Industry Awards will be presented at a post event dinner.

The Seed Industry Event will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrew’s on Thursday 15 November, for more information on the event, please click here

Buy your tickets now:

Visit the registration site here

Ticket Prices

Complete Delegate - £340 + VAT


  • Access to all main conference sessions and workshops
  • Ticket for the gala dinner
  • Accommodation for 15th November (single occupancy)

Delegate & Dinner - £260 + VAT


  • Access to all main conference sessions and workshops
  • Ticket for the gala dinner

Delegate Only - £220 + VAT


  • Access to all main conference sessions and workshops

Sponsorship packages available

More information here

Conference Programme

Download the conference prgramme here (programme subject to change)

Programme highlights include:

  • Brexit - The European view
  • The Safe Haven Scheme - Update and future
  • Aphid and Virus - Impact of loss of chemistry
  • Blackleg - Update from Scotland's Plant Health Centre
  • Trade and Business Update - Challenges, costs and tools

For more information about the event or awards, please contact Jenna Porch (event lead) | 07773 167523 or Margret Skinner (awards lead) on 0131 297 7460.

Our sponsors



The British Potato Trade Association (BPTA) was created from the merger of the National Association of Seed Potato Merchants (NASPM) and the Scottish Potato Trade Association (SPTA) in July 2006. This union has resulted in an Association with the widest UK potato industry representation possible. The bulk of the tonnage of seed potatoes traded in Great Britain for both the home and export markets (between 250,000 & 300,000 tonnes annually) is handled by the 120 members of the new Association. This gives the Association greater negotiating power on behalf of its members. The BPTA covers all aspects of potato production and sales, both at home and for the export trade. More information about BPTA can be found on its website -        



Our exhibitors


Certis are European crop protection specialists developing crop-focused products and solutions adapted to meet market needs. We offer a full range of services including Development & Registration, Sales & Marketing, Technical Support, and Supply Chain management. For your potatoes, we have a broad “tuber2tuber” portfolio including seed tuber treatments, fungicides, insecticides, nematicides and sprout suppression products. Our aim is to help the industry to grow and deliver profitable potato crops.


Restrain Accumulator

More sprouts. More tubers. More yield.

The treatment of seed potatoes with ethylene gives growers more flexibility in Spring. The seed can be placed back into storage after grading or if the weather unexpectedly changes.

Trials have also shown that ethylene increases numbers and yield.

With Restrain Accumulator the apical dominance in seed potatoes can be blocked. The system generates extra yield for seed, table and processing potatoes.

With Restrain Accumulator treatment during the storage you will generate a bigger yield through more tubers per plant and a better grading in the cultivation. Further with Restrain ethylene it enables seed potatoes to be stored in warmer conditions without the risk of unwanted early sprouting.

James Hutton Instituate

The James Hutton Institute is a well-respected and globally recognised research organisation delivering fundamental and applied science to drive the sustainable use of land and natural resources.





Soil Essentials

The precision agriculture journey is never-ending, ever-evolving and we thrive on the emergence of new technologies, developments and the opportunities that arise. Our enthusiasm for being at the forefront of new technologies and our wish to push the boundaries is ever present. Increasingly, there are exciting projects to get involved with, partnering with some of the most influential and ground-breaking research and development teams around, including Innovate UK, European Space Agency, James Hutton Institute, Newcastle University, Cambridge University to name a few.