Join the rural gurus for Breakfast at the Three Counties Show
The Three Counties Show, Malvern, Worcestershire is a three day celebration of the people and animals that make up the very best of British farming, country living and rural life from across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. It is also a great platform for talks about major countryside issues.
That's why the CLA (Country Land and Business Association) will be holding its annual Three Counties Show Big Breakfast at 8am on 18 June with its President, William Worsley and Dr. Stuart Burgess, CBE, who Chairs the Commission for Rural Communities.
The state of the rural economy and, in particular, the lack of adequate broadband will be key areas discussed by the rural gurus.
The CLA President said: "CLA members own and manage a vast array of different types of businesses in the countryside which create employment. It is in everyone's interests if these businesses thrive and make a profit, but one third of the country still does not have adequate access to Broadband and this is having an impact on the rural economy as well as the younger generation.
"The CLA is calling on Government to ensure a speed of at least two megabits per second for every rural home and business before promising to deliver more to areas which currently have access."
Meanwhile, The Commission for Rural Communities has recently published a 'State of the countryside' update, setting out the statistical facts of rural life for children and young people, including the current rate of outward migration.
Dr Stuart Burgess commented: "A lack of broadband and mobile phone coverage in many rural areas is hitting young people and businesses alike – be it through recruitment and employment, better access to learning and support services or enjoying the connectivity that has become an everyday feature of urban youth culture, such as joining a social network or getting internet help with homework."
Bill Ballard, founder member of accountancy firm Ballard Dale Syree Watson, co-sponsors of the CLA Three Counties Show Big Breakfast event with Andrew Grant and Harrison Clark, added: "We are delighted to be supporting the CLA, as having so many clients in the agriculture and rural business sector, we see them as a strong voice of advocacy for lobbying for the issues that concern farming and rural enterprises and for those people that depend on them for their livelihoods.
"Having adequate broadband facilities, for example, has now become essential for any business that's based in a rural area. If we are to make full use of the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in many rural businesses it is fundamental for them to be able to compete properly and for that they must have good internet connections. This will be a big step forward to ensure that we have vibrant and sustainable rural economy."
Journalists who would like to attend the Big Breakfast will need a ticket to gain entry to the 8am event in the CLA Members marquee on 18 June. To apply for a ticket, or for further information, please contact Jacquie Mason on 01785 284722 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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