CLA President Tim Breitmeyer said: “Businesses across the rural economy will play a vital role in our future prosperity. CLA research has shown what an essential role landowners play in investing in new and existing businesses, creating jobs and shaping communities.
“We will continue to work with the Government to put in place the practical policies that make it easier to unlock the investment potential of rural business. It is disappointing to not see more specific action pledged on planning reform but the commitment to invest in the roll out of broadband and mobile connectivity is vitally important. The reference to rural areas is good but we will continue to watch this closely because promises have been made many times before yet delivery remains patchy.
“We welcome the specific attention given to agriculture. There is no doubt that this is an industry in need of significant investment as it adapts to change. The focus on clean growth is needed and the strategy rightly identifies that technology coupled with better use of data will be the key to making farming more efficient and productive, whilst reducing potentially harmful impacts on the environment. This commitment to investment and policy support in these areas, has to be matched by a commitment to securing the possible Brexit trade deal and establishing a successor to the Common Agricultural Policy that is fit for the next generation.”
Click here to read the Government’s Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain fit for the future publlished today (27 November).