Unlocking Tomorrow's Markets 

28 November 2019 - The QEII Centre, Westminster

Landowners are always looking for different ways to grow their businesses. New markets will develop not only as a result of Brexit but because of changing consumer preferences and the public’s shifting expectations of the countryside. 

The 2019 CLA Rural Business Conference will give you the opportunity to learn how to exploit these future markets. Join us to hear from landowners who have successfully identified and exploited markets both local and international.

Taking place at the QEII Centre in London on Thursday 28 November, early bird member tickets are now on sale.

To see the full programme of speakers click here.

Rural Business Conference 2019 programme

If you have any questions or need any assistance booking, please call Tahirih McLaren-Brown on 020 7460 7928 or email


The CLA is also hosting three Investors Masterclasses across the country in the run-up to Rural Business Conference 2019. Join us to hear from inspirational landowners who have successfully invested in their businesses.

CLA Wales: Making Success of New Markets [1 October]

CLA East: Natural Capital - Investing in the Environment [15 October]


In partnership with Strutt & Parker, the CLA has produced a series of podcasts released in the run-up to Rural Business Conference 2019. Listen in to the conversation by clicking the play button below and bookmark this page to find out when the next one has been released.

Click here to listen to episode one of EXPLORE - What are tomorrow's markets?


Expanding your market


Dai Miles
Managing Director, Calon Wen Dairy

Dai Miles will tell you how the cooperative has secured a new contract to sell its products into the Gulf State of Qatar. 

Jeff Grant
New Zealand Embassy

In recent years New Zealand has sought to expand its own markets to new countries such as China. Jeff will set out for us how this has happened and what lessons the UK can learn from this process. 


What next?


Professor Andrew Fearne
Consumer trends expert

A renowned expert in consumer trends, Professor Fearne will set out what we can expect consumers to prioritise in the coming years and what rural businesses will need to do to be prepared.

Professor David Hill
Environment Bank

The introduction of biodiversity net gain will present opportunity for landowners to generate an income from environmental delivery. Professor Hill will tell you more about the opportunity and what you need to do to maximise it.          

Getting the environment to pay you


The Countess Sondes

Lees Court Estate

Lady Sondes will explain her approach to maximising the assets of the estate in new and progressive ways, including a venture into non-food crops. 

Sean Cannon

Founder Cannon and Cannon Fine Foods

Sean's business specialises in the sourcing, development and distribution of fine artisan charcuterie from British suppliers.




Care farming
Julia and Joe Evans

Whitbourne Estate and Longlands Care Farm

Julia and Joe are a mother and son team who run Longlands Care Farm and Whitbourne Estate. They will share how they have integrated a care farm into their business and their plans for expansion.

Click here to book your tickets

If you have any questions or need any assistance booking, please call Tahirih McLaren-Brown on 020 7460 7928 or email

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

To view information on past conferences including videos and publications, click here.