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NICRE adds its support to Rural Conference

The Rural Services Network (RSN) is delighted to announce that NICRE, the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise has lent its support for their National Rural Conference, taking place later this month

The RSN has moved its traditional conference usually held at the University of Gloucestershire online to ensure that as many of its members can attend this year.  Events are taking place over the course of a week with each day having a specific theme:

  • Monday 14th September - Rural Economy Day
  • Tuesday 15th September - Rural Connectivity Day
  • Wednesday 16th September - Rural Housing Day
  • Thursday 17th September - Rural Environment Day
  • Friday 18th September - Rural Health and Wellbeing Day

Places are free to members of the Rural Services Network, to see the full agenda and book your place click here

The National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) exists to foster rural enterprise and unlock the potential in the UK’s rural economies.

Led by and built with internationally recognised expertise from three leading UK universities, Newcastle University Centre for Rural Economy and Business School, the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) at the University of Gloucestershire and Royal Agricultural Society (RAU) , and the Enterprise Research Centre led from Warwick University, NICRE is working with partners across many public, commercial and third sector organisations.

What does NICRE do?

We are focussed on three, interconnecting activities:

Filling gaps in our knowledge of rural enterprise and innovation through undertaking and commissioning new research

Providing evidence to influence better policy and support for rural businesses

Developing practical solutions with businesses, rural communities and economic development agencies that demonstrate new approaches to rural innovation that can be scaled up to solve problems and realise new opportunities

What are we aiming to change?

Practices - to increase impact on business practices to build improved research and innovation capabilities, new business models and stronger networks.

People – to increase capacity of rural business owners, senior managers and advisors and a wide network of enterprise and rural development practitioners and researchers

Policies – to create stronger evidence-based policy design, delivery and support for rural enterprises, at national and local levels

Places – to equip rural communities to tackle current and future challenges and successfully contribute to national or local economic growth and prosperity.

NICRE is funded by Research England and its founding University partners.


- For more information about NICRE click here

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