Plenty of scope for farm retailers

Retailing from the farm is hard work but the rewards are there if you get it right. Those attending the FARMA conference in Edinburgh recently got plenty of business advice on subjects as varied as getting the best from your staff to knowing how much to charge.

They heard that supermarkets are mimicking farm shops in a bid to win business, how social networking can help farm retailers and how going online can bring new customers and an explosion in turnover. For a full report, go to our special feature on farm retailing.

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