09:00 Registration

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.

16:30 Close & Rural Business 2030 Reception

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