As the Prime Minister unveiled the Government’s new Industrial Strategy, the CLA called for rural businesses not to be left behind.
The strategy promises development of digital infrastructure such as broadband and 5G and more spending on transport links, as well as a new system of technical education.
The Government has also pledged to work with any sector which can unite behind strong leadership to address shared challenges.
CLA president Ross Murray said: “The Prime Minister has been clear from the outset that her Government will ensure opportunity extends to all parts of the country. It is vital her Industrial Strategy includes the countryside and not just dispersed towns and cities.
“There is no doubt that the commitment to upgrade infrastructure is fundamental to the success of the strategy. It promises big improvements in digital connectivity. The future of broadband and mobile technology must end the situation where rural areas are always at the back of the queue for innovation and access to the latest technology.
“Providing solutions to problems like managing flood risk and generating new greener energy are potentially big opportunities for rural businesses.”
Mr Murray also called on the Government to simplify the planning regime in order to boost the rural economy.