What is the contribution of rural enterprise to Levelling Up, and how can this be further enabled? argues that while rural economies are an element of the Levelling Up challenge, they can also be part of the solution for revitalising rural and non-rural areas.
The scale, significance and potential of rural economies, as well as their role as incubators and catalysts for wider regional and national growth, require a new strategic focus on realising growth and innovation from all places, rather than only cities or specific sectors.
The paper concludes: “Enhancing enterprise performance in rural areas can not only contribute to improving prosperity and livelihoods in rural communities but can also help achieve national economic objectives, while addressing long-standing structural barriers that hinder economic performance and productivity.”
NICRE’s paper identifies six priorities for enabling the contribution of rural enterprise to Levelling Up:
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