Rural entrepreneurs

Rural Entrepreneurs Win Investment to Revive Village Communities

Rural Entrepreneurs Win Investment to Revive Village Communities

Six entrepreneurs in struggling rural communities across the UK have each won £400,000 to turn their business ideas into reality under a scheme run by the Big Lottery Fund to support rural businesses. The Village SOS scheme selected the winning entrepreneurs after they demonstrated how their ideas could benefit their local communities by creating jobs and income. The six businesses that secured the investment included Taste Tideswell in the Peak District, a local food producer and cookery school, and Barge Inn, a rural pub in Wiltshire rescued by villagers and now being turned into a social enterprise. “The Village SOS programme aims to spark a rural revival across the UK by supporting community-led business ventures that will breathe new life into their areas, create new jobs ... »

Rural Small Business

Rural firms urgently need Government help

Small firms in rural areas are preparing themselves for a tough Christmas and believe the Government has done little to help them through the economic downturn. Research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) revealed that nearly 60% of small rural firms are expecting their Christmas trade to be down on this time last year. Four out of five said the Government has done nothing to help them. FSB national chairman, John Wright, said that rural businesses needed immediate support if they were to survive the economic downturn. “These figures show that small businesses in rural Britain are the silent victims of the credit crunch,” “The rural economy needs urgent short–term action to help it beat the squeeze, along with a real commitment to deal with the long&ndash... »

Rural Entrepreneurs get Chance to Win £10,000 Prize

Entrepreneurs whose businesses benefit the countryside are being offered the chance to win £10,000, in a nationwide competition. The Young Rural Entrepreneur of the Year award, run by The Field magazine and financial services firm Lycetts, is open to entrants under the age of 35 who run a successful business that benefits the countryside. Businesses do not have to be located in rural areas to apply for the awards. For example, applicants might have set up a farm shop in a city centre bringing in local produce from the surrounding countryside. The winner of last year’s award was brother and sister team Ben and Charlotte Hollins, founders of Fordhall Community Land Initiative and Family Farm, who impressed the judges with their conversion of a farm tenancy into a community-owned ... »