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About Lantra

How we work

Licensed by governments to represent the interests of environmental and land-based industries in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, we work closely with industry employers to highlight and address a whole range of issues within the 17 industry sectors.

Employers play an essential part in Lantra's work. They form working groups and are part of the corporate structure of the organisation. Their opinions and ideas help us to change and improve the industry, promoting the importance of training and development with the aim of increasing productivity, sustainability - and ultimately profitability.

Liaising closely with the industries we represent, along with governments, funding agencies, learning providers, trade associations and the media, we can shape important strategies for the future.

Working with employers

At the heart of Lantra's organisation are environmental and land-based employers - experts in their own field who know first hand the requirements of their industries. Employers play an integral part in the corporate structure of the organisation from working groups through to Lantra's board of directors, and play a key leadership role in forming and shaping Lantra's strategies, products and services.

Who we represent

Lantra is the voice of the land-based industries. Broadly speaking, they can be divided into three categories:

  • Land management and production
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Environmental industries

There are 17 industry sectors in total, 230,000 businesses, over 1 million employees and over 400,000 volunteers. Environmental and land-based businesses are spread evenly throughout the UK, across both urban and rural settings. Many are micro-businesses, with a significant number of sole traders in a range of business activities that require multiple skills.

The average number employed per business in the sector is 2.5, with 94% of the sector's businesses employing fewer than five people.

Our work impacts on many areas, including rural regeneration, the voluntary sector, sustainable development, environmental protection and enhancement, food and farming, animal health and welfare, environmental pollution, business and skills development and health.