Business in the Community passionately believes in the value of thriving rural communities and the preservation of a sustainable British countryside for future generations to live and work in.
If you are interested in finding out more about BITC's work in rural areas and how you might be able to get involved, please get in touch.
As the Prince of Wales calls for support for rural communities, The Prince's Countryside Fund, celebrates its fifth anniversary.
Farmers joined HRH The Prince of Wales at Highgrove to celebrate the successes of his Dairy Initiative.
Rural Business Connector Isabel McKenzie explains how she's been connecting community-owned shops and local business expertise.
Maddie Fitzgerald of the Rural team gives her thoughts on Big Ticks, Highly Commended and Winning entries this year.
The Prince's Countryside Fund was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in July 201. We give grants to projects that help support the people who care for the countryside and are supported by a unique collaboration of businesses working together to secure a sustainabile future for British agriculture and the wider rural economy.
Business Class is one of BITC’s flagship campaigns and provides a framework for business to support young people facing social disadvantage by forming long-term, strategic partnerships with the schools those young people attend. Ofsted research shows that deprived young people need support in rural areas as much as in urban ones, and so we are creating new rural clusters to extend the programme to the countryside.
Research shows that 60,000 new entrants are needed into farming in the next decade; and that the food supply sector currently figures lowest on the list of job areas that young people might consider. Bright Crop inspires young talent to explore the wide choice of careers in farming and food supply, attracting the best and brightest to meet the growing challenge of producing more food (and increasingly non-food products) to sustain a growing population.
The Prince's Dairy Initiative aims to improve the resilience of the UK dairy supply chain by helping to secure a viable future for a diverse range of farms. It is delivered by a collaborative industry Steering Group and Working Group managed by Business in the Community in partnership with DairyCo. The project has brought together the dairy sector to take practical action to support the sustainability of a diverse British dairly industry.
Thriving rural communities depend on a thriving rural economy and are vital to the distinctiveness and sustainability of our countryside. However, rural communities face disadvantages and a number of challenges to a sustainable future. Business Connectors are talented individuals seconded from business, trained by Business in the Community and placed in communities of greatest need to build partnerships that tackle rural issues.