Edward Phillips

Luton Hoo Estate

You don’t have to be big to diversify

About Edward Phillips

Since 2007, Edward has been the Estate Director of the Luton Hoo Estate, a family estate covering just 1200 acres on the Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire border, where he leads a 15-strong team in the day to day management of the estate and its various enterprises. The estate is heavily diversified with residential and commercial property lets, an in-hand farm with a contracting operation, historic walled garden, and renowned film location. During his tenure, turnover has increased by 40% and he has been responsible for the siting of Land Rover Experience driving centre on the estate and has developed the Estate’s green credentials with a 250kw solar photovoltaic array recently being installed. Away from the estate, Edward is Chairman for the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire committee of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) as well as sitting on the CLA committee for the Business of the Rural Economy

Edward will be looking at how the relatively small Luton Hoo Estate has diversified over the last 25 years into offices, events, green energy and filming and some of the challenges faced, including defending the estate’s intellectual property from a trademark application. He will share some of the lessons that he has learnt and discuss plans for the future

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