The Country Land & Business Association is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales.
The CLA in the South West represents the interests of the people who own, farm and manage the land, and campaigns for the kind of vibrant and healthy rural economy which supports the beauty of the landscape, the diversity of the environment and the populations of our villages and market towns.
The Commission has 3 main functions -
Rural advocate: the voice for rural people, businesses and communities
Expert adviser: giving evidence-based, objective advice to government and others
Independent watchdog:monitoring and reporting on the delivery of policies nationally, regionally and locally
The Cornwall Agricultural Council (CAC) represents the views of the agricultural, horticultural, food and land based industries in Cornwall. It is an apolitical group that meets quarterly to debate and progress relevant industry issues.
The Vision of the CAC is to transform Cornwall into the UK’s exemplar agri-food centre of excellence, characterised by innovation, added-value, competitive advantage and environmental sustainability.
The CRPR is an inter-disciplinary team of social scientists interested in the rural economy and society with a special focus on agricultural and environmental policy; sustainable land management; agro-food regulation; sustainable communities; and bioenergy. It is based at Exeter University.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The UK Government department tasked with issues such as the environment and rural development.
The Show is a giant shop window for rural Devon and links consumers with farmers, food producers and others working in the countryside economy
DRN was formed following the Foot & Mouth Outbreak in 2001. Its purposes are:
To provide a coherent, united voice for rural Devon in order to:
o highlight perceived priorities
o provide lobbying potential and influencing messages as necessary
o work to counter the effects of external policy which are inimical to Devon
• To lead and co-ordinate partnership working and engagement in Devon
• Take a strategic view of rural issues, expressing it through continual refinement of the Devon Rural Strategy
• To coordinate implementation of solutions to rural issues and maximise opportunities within rural areas and communities, as outlined in the DRN Action Programme
English Food & Farming Partnerships work directly with farmer controlled businesses (FCBs), smaller farmer groups, agri-food companies and individuals wanting to collaborate.
Working across England and Wales, The EA has regional offices working closely with other regional bodies to develop the right solutions for local environments, and tackle the immediate environmental issues in local areas.
The University of Exeter Innovation Centre brings together knowledge-based organizations from the public and private sectors for the benefit of Exeter and its region, by creating:
An innovative and vibrant community of diverse sectors and networks
An environment for knowledge-based and high-tech ventures to flourish
Sector Skills Council for environmental and landbased Sector.
NationalRural is a Knowledge Exchange - a service provided by universities and colleges for rural businesses and organisations. It is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Natural England works for people, places and nature, to enhance biodiversity, landscapes and wildlife in rural, urban, coastal and marine areas; promote access, recreation and public well-being; and contribute to the way natural resources are managed so that they can be enjoyed now and in the future.
The Rural Enterprise Gateway provides information, training and business development support to rural businesses and in particular, agricultural and land-based business groups.
The project is also a gateway to other initiatives that help rural businesses develop ideas and expertise across the region.
South West Food & Drink is the "umbrella" trade organisation dedicated to the development of the food and drink industry throughout South West England. It is funded by South West of England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA).
South West ACRE Network of Rural Community Council..
Aims are to influence rural policy at local, regional and national level; to contribute to the voluntary and community sector at regional level, and to provide support services to rural community councils.
Tamar Science Park was developed as a focal point to concentrate the efforts of business, Government initiatives and the academic world in the generation of wealth through the application of technology. It is a partnership between Plymouth City Council, The University of Plymouth and Devon and Cornwall Business Link.