Speakers

Key speakers at the event included:

Andrea Leadsom

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs  

Ms Leadsom delivered a keynote address to the delegates, discussing the actions that Government are currently taking to help support the rural economy.

She said: "Whether through food, farming, tourism or technology - Rural businesses add £229 billion a year of GVA to the English economy, employing 3.8 million people in England."

Click here to read Andrea Leadsom's speech in full from the CLA's Rural Business 2030 conference

Matt Ridley

Times Columnist and member of the House of Lords

In his entertaining keynote, northumbrian farmer Lord Ridley outlined his 4 options for the future of farm businesses. 

Click here to read Matt Ridley's speech in full from the CLA's Rural Business 2030 conference (available to CLA members only)

Ross Murray

CLA President

CLA president Ross Murray helped to open and close the event, outlining the long term focus that rural businesses must take in order to succeed in a post-Brexit environment.

Click here to read Ross Murray's speech in full from the CLA's Rural Business 2030 conference