Resources to help rural businesses adapt in a changing workplace

Following the step-change in employers’ and employees’ expectations post-pandemic, the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise’s (NICRE) ‘Future of Work’ module puts rural businesses on the front foot, giving them the skills to adapt to attract, retain and engage employees.

It contains resources from a series of workshops, organised by the Rural Design Centre Innovation Project (RDCIP) in partnership with NICRE and Stick Theory, covering culture and communications, flexibility and fairness and mental health and well-being in rural workplaces. Watch our video to gain an overview of the project and read a blog post by Di Gates, of Stick Theory.

It also showcases Reheat, a growing rural business in Northumberland which is evolving to meet the needs of both its workforce and customers through a video and blog post by director and co-founder Neil Harrison.

Visit NICRE’s innovation portal.

If you have an idea that could contribute to this or another of NICRE’s modules, please contact 

Photo caption: NICRE's Melanie Thompson-Glen (right) at the culture and communications workshop with presenter Danielle Phillips, Stick Theory’s Di Gates and RDCIP’s Charlotte Hope.


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