Economic Development

Amazon's rural charge: Could Cumbria cash-in?
14 October 2017
Amazon is making inroads into the British countryside this year as part of plans to "double down" on the untapped potential of rural and farming communities. (News & Star)

Fears over 15 per cent rural budget cut
6 October 2017
The Welsh Government has decided to slash nearly £37 million from its budget for agriculture, environment and rural affairs. (Wales Farmer)

Helping rural economy is key to raising productivity
20 October 2017
An independent enquiry has found that there is a strong belief throughout the south west that helping the rural economy is the key to raising the region's productivity. (Somerset Gazette)

Rural productivity report to be released
19 October 2017
Four south west Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have commissioned an independent enquiry to identify opportunities to stimulate rural productivity and growth. (Business Cornwall)

Cambridgeshire sensor firm is top rural innovator
9 October 2017
Tech firm Zettlex, which sends its sensors around the world and beyond, has been named one of the country's best rural innovators. (Cambridge News)

'Demise of rural buses due to false economy'
20 October 2017
For older or disabled people on low incomes, the free bus pass is a lifeline, giving them access to services and facilities otherwise denied to them. (Yorkshire Post)


Island firms call for more development
23 October 2017
Business leaders have called for more to be done to improve infrastructure on some of Scotland’s most remote islands to help communities thrive. (The Times)

Farming's contribution to the local economy revealed
2 October 2017
FARMING contributed almost £50m to the Stafford constituency economy in a year, the NFU has revealed as part of an event celebrating British agriculture. (The Sentinel)

Scotland's broadband made progress in 2016
22 October 2017
Scotland made faster progress on broadband coverage than any other part of the UK last year, according to the Scottish government. (BBC Online)

Support loans to arrive in bank accounts this week
24 October 2017
PAYMENTS WORTH £254 million will arrive in farmers bank accounts this week, Rural Economy secretary Fergus Ewing has confirmed. (Scottish Farmer)

Welsh language heartlands 'need vibrant economy'
15 October 2017
Young people from Welsh-speaking areas should be given the chance to stay there to build careers and family lives, the minister responsible for the Welsh language has said. (BBC Online)


MPs wear ‘corn and horn’ to back British farming

13 September 2017
MPs in parliament are wearing special pin badges made from wheat and wool to show their support for British farming. (Farmers Weekly)


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