Economic Development

'Rural tsar' questions ministers' willingness to fight

5 September 2017
Businessman and former "rural tsar" Lord Haskins has cast doubt on ministers' commitment to defending the interests of countryside communities after Brexit. (Yorkshire Post)


Digital adoption will help rural potential of all sectors – not just tech
17 August 2017
When it comes to unleashing the UK’s rural potential through digital tech, it’s increasingly a matter of global competitiveness, says Brian Wilson. (Real Business)

Communities 'forgotten' with poor phone signal
23 August 2017
Residents, businesses and councillors have called for action to be taken to help communities suffering from poor phone signal and internet speed. (Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard)


Rural businesses - don't miss out on share of £1m of grants

6 September 2017
Some £1m of LEADER grants for rural businesses and communities must be awarded before 2019 (Somerset Live)


Government outlines £200m boost for rural economy

30 July 2017
The government’s rural affairs’ minister has outlined a £200m boost for businesses in the countryside during a visit to the Suffolk Food Hall near Ipswich. (Eastern Daily Press)

Government criticised over plans for funding cuts to farming projects
30 August 2017
Tens of millions of pounds are being cut from projects aimed at helping farming communities, new figures show.
(The Insider)


Tourism boom is a boost for beautiful Wolds

26 August 2017
A new report has revealed the massive impact tourism has on the economy of the Lincolnshire Wolds and surrounding market towns. (Horncastle News)

Broadband offer 'risks extending rural monopoly' says government
8 August 2017
An offer by BT to provide broadband infrastructure to 99% of the UK risks extending its monopoly in rural areas, according to the Scottish government. (BBC Online)

MP: ‘Louth Cattle Market must stay’
7 September 2017
Louth and Horncastle MP, Victoria Atkins, has backed the retention of Louth’s cattle market on its existing site. (Louth Leader)

Farmers invited to apply for free business advice
26 August 2017
FARMERS in Nidderdale are invited to apply for free individual business advice in preparation for Brexit. (Darlington and Stockton Times)


Proposals to combat fly-tipping in the countryside

26 August 2017
SEIZING vehicles must become the default penalty for fly-tipping as part of tougher punishments for waste crime, say business leaders (Somerset County Gazette)


Time for change in farm support, say rural landowners

26 July 2017
An ambitious vision to reform the system of farm support after the UK leaves the EU has been unveiled by the Country Land and Business Association. (Island Echo)

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