Business skills and expertise play a major role in supporting rural enterprise activity and have a direct and positive impact on rural areas. We encourage the creation and growth of enterprise, focusing on areas of greatest need, to reduce rural deprivation and stimulate economic growth.
The rural economy is dominated by the self-employed and small businesses. 92% rural businesses have fewer than 10 employees, versus 19% in urban areas
Our response – Rural Business Connectors
We are supporting Business in the Community’s Business Connector programme because we know that facilitated connections can have a big impact, particularly in isolated rural areas. Business Connectors provide an innovative, focussed and sustainable way for business to support and develop local partnerships between business, voluntary and community sector organisations. The programme has been piloted in rural Cornwall and North Yorkshire and will be rolled out to benefit rural communities across the country.
- For all businesses with a rural footprint to consider seconding someone to become a Rural Business Connector