Rural Enterprise UK

Rural Enterprise UK is an initiative led by Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, and Newcastle University Business School (NUBS), working with partners in government and businesses to understand and improve the success of rural firms across the UK.

Rural Enterprise UK highlights potential for rural growth

It is vital for the UK economy that the Government’s new Industrial Strategy encourages growth in all sectors but research has shown that rural areas often risk being overlooked

Newcastle academic shines a spotlight on rural economy for policymakers

The English countryside alone contributes over a million enterprises and £250b GVA to the UK economy and, although farming is still an important element, the range of businesses is diverse and interconnected

Ensuring rural businesses are not left behind

Rural areas are by no means business backwaters but make an important contribution to the economic prosperity of the UK.

Rural economy’s potential has been underrated and underexploited say academics

In the past rural economies have been overlooked by policymakers when they could be boosting productivity and jobs significantly and helping to rebalance economic growth across Europe

New industrial strategy looks to rural as well as urban growth

Rural businesses contribute significantly to UK economic prosperity but are often overlooked; more could be done to support their growth and to help them flourish.

The 3rd edition of Newsletter series of the INNOGROW project

INNOGROW keeps readers informed of the progress and key outcomes on the adoption of innovation by rural economy SMEs.

Embedding rural into a UK Industrial Strategy

Newcastle University's Rural Enterprise UK initiative convened a workshop to inform and gain participants' views about the UK Industrial Strategy at the 15th Rural Entrepreneurship Conference.

Rural businesses are making profits but could do even better

New analysis of rural firms in the English regions shows rural businesses to be significantly more likely to be profitable than businesses in urban areas.

The 15th Rural Entrepreneurship conference

The Rural Entrepreneurship conference, 14th - 16th June 2017

What’s holding back rural business?

Rural Enterprise UK’s analysis of the UK Government’s Longitudinal Small Business Survey 2015...

Researchers urge a more holistic post-Brexit approach to the rural economy

Researchers from Newcastle University's Centre for Rural Economy have urged the UK Government to...

Researchers talk to local and national policymakers

Researchers from Rural Enterprise UK were invited to a high level meeting in February with Local Enterprise Partnerships and representatives from Defra to...