The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) will hold its first ever Rural Powerhouse Week, a digital event showcasing the strength and versatility of the rural economy, from November 23 to 26.

With a different theme each day, Rural Powerhouse Week will offer exclusive insights from senior government figures, case studies and inspiration from CLA members and analysis from its own expert staff.

Highlights include interviews with Cabinet Ministers George Eustice and Liz Truss, Chairman of the Natural Capital Committee Dieter Helm and a look into Holkham Estate.

Mark Bridgeman, CLA President, said: “2021 is set to be an extraordinarily turbulent year. The UK will leave the jurisdiction of the European Union, with huge uncertainty as to its future trading arrangements with countries around the world.

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"The transition away from direct payments will begin in earnest. The economy will struggle to restart in the face of Covid-19 and the threat of climate change will re-emerge as the dominant global issue of our time.

“Rural Powerhouse Week will help us make sense of it all. We will identify the threats and opportunities ahead, with exclusive insights from senior industry and government figures and analysis from CLA experts.”

The themes of the Week are as follows: Monday November 23 - A future without BPS, Tuesday November 24 - Deal or no deal, risks and rewards of international trade, Wednesday November 25 - Climate change: the road to net zero, Thursday November 26 - Navigating the planning system.

The programme will mix live events with recorded podcasts, videos, blogs and research documents to use as a reference in the future. Recorded interviews include with Housing Minister Chris Pincher, Environment Minister Lord Goldsmith, and Welsh Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths.

The full programme can be found at: