The CLA Rural Business Conference 2018 was a huge success, providing a platform for over 500 farmers and rural businesses to talk about how landowning businesses are shaping our rural economy. This unique event brought together inspirational rural landowners with policy experts, politicians and the media to talk about the major issues. 

Click here to view the RB2018 programme 

Click here to view the speaker slides

Click here to view CLA President, Tim Breitmeyer's speech  *check against delivery

Inspiring Investors 

29 November 2018 - The QEII Centre, Westminster

This year’s theme of inspiring investors showcased how integral landowners are, not just to the economy, but to the places where they live and work. Delegates heard from inspirational rural business leaders who shared their experiences including successes and challenges.

Click the video below to hear member testimonials from Rural Business Conference 2018.

Victoria's Road Trip  

This year Victoria Vyvyan, who spoke at the first CLA Rural Business Conference, was on the road visiting some of the best examples of rural businesses that are taking risks, launching new ventures and transforming their operations. The conference featured videos from her visits and explored what she learnt with the delegates. You can watch these videos in full length by clicking on the videos below.


Inspiring Investors Report

The Inspiring Investors Report, launched at the Rural Business Conference 2018, takes a closer look at the people behind some of the businesses that are making a true difference, asking how they are motivated, what makes them successful and how more people can be encouraged to take their lead. The businesses we have looked at broadly fall into three categories; risk takers, future planners and place shapers. Click here or on the image below to read the report.

CLA Master Class Summary Report

As part of the build up to the CLA's Rural Business Conference Inspiring Investors, we hosted the CLA Investors Master Class Series which brought together some inspirational business owners who have tackled a range of issues. The three Master Classes had a number of common themes - the importance of communication, being outward-looking and setting strategy. This short paper, written by Strutt & Parker, highlights some of the key points made by the speakers at the Master Classes under each of these themes. Click here or on the image below to read the report.

CLA Rural Business Conference 2018 Policy Report

The culmination of a year-long programme looking at the people who own and manage rural landholding businesses and how we can encourage and give them the confidence to increase their investment iun the rural economy.


Keynote speaker

Michael Gove addresses Rural Business Conference 2018

Click here to see Michael Gove's speech




Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, addressed delegates at the Rural Business Conference 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 heard from three examples of businesses that are making successful investments in communities. These are:


(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 encouraged delegates 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 shared how they, as families, navigate their decisions and deliver results.


(left to right)

Emily McVeigh – Kenton Hall Estate

Sarah Dunning – Tebay and Gloucester Services




29 November 2018

CLA Rural Business Conference: Government must commit to a new Enterprising Countryside Charter for strong post-Brexit countryside   

As 500 farmers and rural businesses gather in Westminster today to discuss the post-Brexit countryside with Defra Secretary Michael Gove, the CLA is calling for Government to commit to a new Enterprising Countryside Charter.  

CLA President Tim Breitmeyer said: “With Brexit fast approaching and the new Agriculture Bill going through Parliament, those of us living and working in the countryside should be ready for rapid and significant change. We have a thriving entrepreneurial and creative rural business sector which is up for the challenge and ready to make the most of the opportunities Brexit presents.”   

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Click here to read the Enterprising Countryside Charter 

Event Region: 
South East