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2022 CLA Rural Business Conference

Join us for the 2022 CLA Rural Business Conference which will be held at the Kia Oval, London on Thursday 1 December.

Too often rural businesses face structural barriers to their success. Poor digital and electrical connectivity, an outdated planning regime and a wide range of other factors mean that the rural economy is 18% less productive than the national average. 

If we as a country close that gap, we could add £43bn to the economy. At a time of continued global crisis, there has never been a more important time to unlock the potential of the rural economy.

The 2022 CLA Rural Business Conference “Overcoming the barriers to business success” will bring together hundreds of members to hear first-hand from senior government officials, as well as landowners and rural business owners who are finding new ways to grow their enterprises in difficult times.

Our conference will give you the opportunity to learn from one another as we seek to identify ways in which we can create growth, opportunity, and prosperity in the countryside.


Speakers will include:

John Pienaar
Conference chair, Presenter, Times Radio 

Mark Tufnell
CLA President

Professor Sally Shortall
Duke of Northumberland Professor of Rural Economy, University of Newcastle

Will Mathias
CGJ Mathias & Son (Nurseries)

Simon Gallagher
Director of Planning at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

David Phillips
Michaelston y Fedw Internet Community Interest Company

Fiona Sample
Oswin Project

Take advantage of the early-bird rate for CLA members and book your place today by clicking the BOOK NOW button below.

If you have any questions or need any assistance booking, please contact your regional office.


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Event Details

Thursday 1 December 2022
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Kia Oval, Kennington Oval, SE11 5SS
Early Bird Member Rate - £105.00 + VAT (until 14 October 2022)
Standard Member Rate - £120 + VAT
Non-Member Rate - £300.00 + VAT