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Land managers share discussion and expertise on Scottish rural policy issues


Policy issues key to the development of business in rural Scotland have been discussed at an event for land managers organised by Scottish Land & Estates.

Jointly sponsored by Savills and Brodies, the Land Managers’ Training Day welcomed more than 60 attendees at the sold-out event at Perth Racecourse.

The morning session including presentations on key policy areas affecting land-based businesses, including land reform, rural planning, agricultural holdings and new legislation for residential landlords that is soon to take effect.

Afternoon workshops, which included participation from the Scottish Government and Historic Environment Scotland, covered subjects such as energy efficiency in traditional buildings, the Electronic Communications Code and renewable energy, allowing delegates to explore challenges and opportunities in more detail.  

Sarah-Jane Laing, Executive Director at Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Policy and legislation affecting rural businesses is constantly evolving and it is vital that land managers are fully up to speed with the political and legislative landscape.

“We were pleased to welcome land managers from right across Scotland to the event and it is clear from lively discussions that there is a continued desire to improve business practice and explore opportunities for business growth. The Scottish countryside remains very much open for business. Our thanks go to all who attended and to Savills and Brodies for sponsoring this worthwhile event.”

Clive Phillips, Head of Land & Rural Business at Brodies LLP, said: “Rural Scotland is facing major challenges and opportunities with Brexit and land reform on the agenda. The rural sector is a valuable part of the Scottish economy and has the potential to become even more so. Therefore it is important that the sector can attract and retain the very best land managers for the future. Brodies is delighted to support this event in sharing knowledge with those who are leading the sector forward.”

Mark Fogden, Savills Head of Estate Management said:  “We are delighted to be involved in this important event as now, more than ever, land managers need to say on top of their game.  After a relatively quiet year to date, the sector is dealing with a raft of new issues from sporting rates, many of which will need to be appealed, to the introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy and the Modern Limited Duration Tenancy.  Change is undoubtedly in the air, but this can be as much a great opportunity as it is a challenge – a chance for entrepreneurial land managers to transform and improve rural businesses.”

Picture caption:- Rural professionals at Scottish Land & Estates’ Land Managers’ Training Day

Back row: Kate McLeish (Brodies), William Hawes (Savills), Clive Phillips (Brodies), Nick Green (Savills)

Front row: Stephen Leetion (Scot Gov), Linda Leslie (Scot Gov), Karen Hamilton (Brodies), Katy Dickson (SLE), Debbie Mackay (Savills), Sarah-Jane Laing (SLE)


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