10:00 Conference starts
Session 1 - The rural business opportunity
William Kendall, entrepreneur and East Anglian farmer, will share his insight into how you build businesses through effective investment. He is the mastermind behind the success of Green & Blacks and the New Covent Garden Soup Company and his current projects include building the Cawston Press drinks brand.
You will also hear from Ross Murray, CLA President and Mark Suthern, Head of Agriculture at Barclays.
Session 2 - The people who invest
Find out what motivates five innovative rural entrepreneurs from across England and Wales and how they have made investment decisions in their businesses.
- Meryl Ward – Grayingham Grange Farm, Lincolnshire
- Edward Phillips – Luton Hoo Estate, Hertfordshire
- Henry Brooks – Tatton Estate Management, Cheshire
- Victoria Vyvyan – Trelowarren, Cornwall
- Keri Davies – Glwydcae Newydd Farm, Powys
Session 3 - Disruptive technologies
Hear from both Edward Sargent, Tesla, on the innovations in energy storage and Kip Meek, EE Director of Public Policy, on the revolution in digital connectivity integration.
Session 4 - Keynote session
Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Matt Ridley, Northumbrian farmer, journalist, broadcaster and Conservative peer.
Session 5 - Investment to tackle social and environmental challenges
Discover how your business can benefit from future investment strategies in digital connectivity, energy and natural capital.