The Rural Services Network has welcomed a government decision to abandon a planned increase in national insurance payments by the self-employed.
THE government's Budget contained little joy for businesses in the countryside, say rural leaders.
Rural businesses around the M3 motorway are to receive a share of £3.6m in European funding.
Rural communities will be among the biggest losers from what is described as a radical reform of business rates.
Rural businesses and communities are to benefit from £6.75m of EU funding being made available in Cumbria.
East Devon District Council is helping local rural businesses to apply for £1.4m in EU funded grants.
Rural rate relief will increase from 50% to 100% from next April, saving a business up to £2900 a year.
THE government has unveiled a £4m fund to repair damage caused by winter storms in Cumbria last December.
RURAL businesses will continue to benefit from a £9m European funding initiative managed by Norfolk County Council.
THE English tourism sector is set to grow by nearly 3% every year over the next decade, suggests a study.
THE government has launched a food tourism grant scheme it hopes will boost the rural economy.
A Rural Growth Network fund has re-opened to support the rural economy in north-east England.