Spring Conference 2017



Scottish Land & Estates' Spring Conference – 30 May 2017

Rural Investment: Hopes and Fears for a New Era

30th May 2017, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh


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Rural Scotland is home to many diverse businesses from agriculture and commercial forestry to artisan food and drink production and green energy production. Rural Scotland is also the cradle of much of the culture, the history and the landscape that is integral to our tourism offering which generates £8.9 billion for the Scottish economy and is at the heart of many millions of pound of business investment. Rural businesses therefore represent the very bedrock of the Scottish economy.

Yet despite rural businesses, and especially land-based businesses, representing the bedrock of the economy, they can sometimes be overlooked as governments view rural areas from an environmental or social, rather than economic, stance. The creation of a new cabinet post with responsibility for rural economy and connectivity in May 2016 therefore represented a welcome move to re-focus on driving the rural economy forward.

However, one of the key conditions for investment and sustainable economic growth is certainty and in recent times certainty has been in short supply. Scotland's rural businesses are facing a new era following the UK's decision to leave the EU, and the Scottish Government seeking a second referndum once the terms of Brexit are known. While it remains unclear how political events will unfold, it is certain that the future will present both challenges and opportunities for rural businesses.  How will vital investment decisions across sectors such as energy, forestry, agriculture tourism and food and drink be affected?   

The Scottish Land & Estates’ 2017 spring conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on what the future might hold for rural businesses. Speakers, who will include high profile politicians, policy decision makers, and rural business owners, will, in a mixture of talks and discussion:-

  • Provide an insight into the future of the rural economy.
  • Identify areas of potential investment
  • Highlight examples of businesses that have overcome challenges or taken innovative approaches to improve business growth or resilience.
  • Explore the implications of Brexit for rural businesses.

Our keynote speech will be provided by Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity.

For more information please see Conference Agenda below.


Conference Costs, including lunch:

Members: £60 + VAT

Non-members: £130 + VAT

Students: £30 + VAT


How to Book:

Members and Non-Members can purchase tickets by visiting Eventbrite - Scottish Land & Estates Spring Conference 2017




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