Economic Development

Superfast broadband to reach more rural hotspots
1 February 2018
More villagers are set to gain access to rapid net speeds as superfast broadband spreads across the area. (Burton Mail)

Rural economy needs to change for prosperity
2 February 2018
Dealing with changes from Brexit is the biggest challenge facing rural areas for a generation. (The Times).

Folk2Folk launches local lending movement
1 February 2018
Peer-to-peer lending experts Folk2Folk has announced the launch of a new campaign to support rural communities across the UK. (Bridging and Commercial)

Funding boost for vital grassroots network
1 February 2018
The Farmer Network in the north west is to receive a £75,000 boost as part of a scheme that helps grassroots contributors to the rural economy. (Westmorland Gazette)

Revitalising Redesdale launches £2.8m programme
14 January 2018
As one major heritage project on the north Northumberland coast ends, another Lottery-funded scheme in the west is launched. (Northumberland Gazette)

Rural broadband is vital to help us rise to challenges
22 January 2018
The rural economy is heavily dependent on embracing completely the opportunities of digital connectivity, says Tim Breitmeyer. (Yorkshire Post)

Rural businesses to benefit from £5.4m funding boost
20 December 2017
Rural businesses are encouraged to apply for a share of a £5.4m injection via three significant funding streams in 2018. (Cheshire East)

Rural businesses urged to apply for £50K grants
16 January 2018
RURAL businesses in Worcestershire are invited to apply for up to £50K grants through the Leading Rural Business Programme. (Worcester News)

Broadband investment ‘will transform rural economy’
19 December 2017
A £600 million investment in superfast broadband will ” transform the economic prospects of rural Scotland”, MSPs have heard. (Evening Express)

Grants on offer to help boost rural businesses
30 January 2018
Grants of up to £100,000 are available to community groups and small businesses for projects that support the rural economy. (Oxfordshire Guardian)

Bank closures worry for rural businesses
6 January 2018
The closure of three bank branches will damage rural businesses and local communities, say farming and rural groups. (Western Telegraph)

Islands Bill backed by rural economy committee
22 January 2018
A committee of MSPs has given its endorsement to the Islands Bill, recommending that its general principles be agreed by the Scottish Parliament. (The Orcadian)

Prince’s fund awards £400,000 to rural projects
27 January 2018
A charity founded by Prince Charles has awarded £400,000 to 12 farming and rural projects that help people in the countryside. (Farmers Weekly)

Rural businesses embrace the digital age
7 January 2018
Success for rural businesses will rely heavily on them keeping pace with advancing digital technology – and that will necessitate a skilled and adaptable labour force. (The Scottish Farmer)


Putting region at heart of potential for rural growth
31 January 2018

Thriving rural areas and market towns can act as real drivers for the wider rural economies, says David A Kerfoot. (Yorkshire Post)

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