Landowners are to set out their economic contribution to rural Scotland in a major new study to be submitted to the Scottish Government.
The research, jointly commissioned by Scottish Land & Estates and the Cairngorms National Park Authority - and independently conducted by Rural Solutions and SRUC - will detail the millions of pounds generated for the rural economy by landowners and rural businesses across Scotland each year as well as the potential for future growth.
The findings will be presented as part of Scottish Land & Estates’ spring conference to be held in Edinburgh on April 23 on the theme of Rural Economy: Potential for Growth.
John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, will provide the keynote address at the conference and will set out the Scottish Government’s vision for developing and enhancing Scotland’s rural economies in future years.
Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The findings of this authoritative economic contribution survey reinforce the message that landowners are at the heart of developing a bright future for our rural areas.
“Land owners are part of the solution rather than the problem and can help deliver many government objectives, particularly working in partnership with others. More can be achieved and we are keen to playing our part.
“Agricultural, tourism and sporting enterprises all play a big part in encouraging economic growth and the creation of jobs in the countryside, and the fast expansion of renewable energy projects will see more opportunities created which we are keen to see rural areas benefit from.”
The conference will also feature presentations from key figures right across the spectrum of Scotland’s land-based industries. The principal topics for consideration include food and drink, leisure and tourism, energy and renewables and emerging markets.
Corresponding case study presentations will focus on active and enterprising businesses that have been developed by landowning members and which make an important contribution to Scotland’s national economy.
The Scottish Land & Estates Spring Conference will be held at the Assembly Rooms on George Street, Edinburgh on Wednesday 23 April, 10am for 10.30am until 4.30pm.
Both members and non-members of Scottish Land & Estates are welcome to attend. For more information on tickets visit www.www.scottishlandandestates.co.uk.