Country Land and Business Association
|Country Land and Business Association|
|Legal status||Non-profit organisation|
|Purpose/focus||English and Welsh countryside economy|
|Location||16 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PQ|
|Region served||England and Wales|
|Membership||36,000 landowners in England and Wales|
|Director General||Helen Woolley|
|Main organ||CLA Council|
The Country Land and Business Association (formerly the Country Landowners Association, and still known as the CLA) is a voluntary organisation in the United Kingdom.
Its members include landowners, business and professionals in rural areas. Members of the CLA own or manage over 50% of the rural land in England and Wales. Membership starts from £157 a year. It is similar to what the FSB offers small businesses: commercial support and a local advice network.
The CLA was founded in 1907. It should not be confused with the Countryside Alliance.
It considers itself to be the "premier organisation safeguarding the interests of those responsible for land, property and business throughout rural England and Wales", and lobbies to protect its members' interests in relation to rural issues.
It has nine regional offices:
- East Midlands - Sutton Bassett (near Market Harborough)
- Eastern - Stansfield, Suffolk
- North East - Glanton (near Alnwick)
- North West - Milnthorpe (near Kendal)
- South East - Longparish (near Andover)
- South West - Corsham, Wiltshire
- Wales - Presteigne, Powys
- West Midlands - Knightley, Staffordshire, near Woodseaves and Eccleshall
- Yorkshire - Easingwold, North Yorkshire
Areas in which it is active include the right to roam, avian influenza, reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy, flooding and coastal erosion, the quality of British food, heritage, planning and housing, renewable energy and taxation.
CLA Game Fair
The CLA Game Fair is the largest countryside event in the World, attracting over 1000 exhibitors and roughly 150,000 visitors over the 3 days of the show. Now in its 55th year the event is scheduled to take place from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July 2013 at Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire. Unfortunately the 2012 event was cancelled due to prolonged rainfall. The CLA Game Fair Director is Andrew Crawford.
It publishes the Land and Business Magazine.
- National Farmers Union (England and Wales)
- Historic Houses Association
- European Landowners' Organisation
- Farmers' Union of Wales
- "CLA Game Fair 2012 - Cancelled". Fieldsportschammel.tv. Retrieved 25 October 2012.