Inspiring Investors 

29 November 2018 - The QEII Centre, Westminster


Tickets for the Rural Business 2018 Conference are now sold out. To add your name to the waiting list in case any further tickets do become available, please email including your CLA membership number, contact details and number of tickets requested.


Entering its third year the CLA Rural Business Conference goes from strength to strength, providing the platform to talk about how landowning businesses are shaping our rural economy.

This unique event brings together the strongest and sharpest of the rural landowning community with policy experts, politicians and the media set to talk about the major issues.

This year’s theme of inspiring investors will showcase how integral landowners are, not just to the economy, but to the places where they live and work. You will hear from inspirational rural business leaders who will share their experiences with you.

The conference is open for registration from 9am.

Keynote speaker

Michael Gove to address Rural Business Conference 2018

We are delighted to announce that Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will be our keynote speaker on 29 November at the QEII Centre in London.

Investing in Places

A link to place runs through the identity and motivation of so many rural businesses, from small farms to large estates. In 2018 the Rural Business Conference will hear from three examples of businesses that are making successful investments in communities. These are:

 RBC2018 4 speakers investing in places

(left to right)

Stephen Vickers – Managing director, Buckminster Estate

Nicholas Wills – Miserden Estate

William Ashley – Monks Green Farm

Henry Dimbleby – Campaigner and entrepreneur

The award-winning food writer who put his money where his mouth was when he created the successful Leon food chain. He has also changed Government policy through his pioneering work on changing school food. Henry Dimbleby has proved that when it comes to making investments and effecting change, he can deliver. As our keynote speaker, he will challenge us all to think about not only how we can make a success from our business, but to stay rooted in core values and clear social objectives.

Future Planners

For rural landowners, investing is a long-term business and at the core of success is planning through the generations. Doing this successfully can be a challenge but our experts will share how they as families navigate their decisions and deliver results.

 RBC2018 2 Future planners speakers

Emily McVeigh – Kenton Hall Estate

Sarah Dunning – Tebay and Gloucester Services

Victoria's Road Trip 

This year Victoria Vyvyan, who spoke at the first CLA Rural Business Conference, is on the road visiting some of the best examples of rural businesses that are taking risks, launching new ventures and transforming their operations. At the conference, we will be featuring videos from her visits and exploring what she learnt with the delegates.

Victoria Vyvyan - Trelowarren Estate

 Victoria Vyvyan

Ticket cost £75 + VAT for CLA members and £295 + VAT for non-members.

Investors Master Class Series

The CLA is also running the Investors Masterclass series, with three events taking place ahead of the main conference:

Strategies for Family Run Farms and Estates, 27 September, Guildford, Surrey      

Diversification De-Mystified, 9 October, Wooditton, Suffolk                                             


For tickets to events above you can purchase online or contact the CLA South East office (01264313434) about the event on 27 September, or the CLA East office (01638590429) about the event on 9 October.