A NEW All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been launched to champion rural businesses.
A £50,000 programme aims to help rural business women in Dorset improve their digital skills.
THE government is urging local councils to come forward with "ambitious plans" for new Enterprise Zones.
PLANS for a National Living Wage will have a major impact on small family businesses, say rural leaders.
A CUMBRIAN council has been praised for supporting rural business by helping set up a local enterprise hub.
BUSINESS leaders have urged the new government to take early action to prioritise the rural economy.
RURAL businesses are being urged to be alert regarding application deadline for grants.
RURAL businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire turned out in force to receive help and funding advice.
SOME £1.2m of funding has been awarded to encourage rural growth and jobs in the Tees Valley, north-east England.
RURAL businesses in Lancashire will benefit from more than £4m to support employment and growth.
RURAL businesses across Sussex will be able to apply for their share of £3.2m in funding this summer.
A £1.7m funding pot aims to improve rural services, create jobs and boost the local economy in parts of Derbyshire.