23 August 2023

North of Tyne Combined Authority supports NICRE Business Beacons

Forum to gather insights from firms

The North of Tyne Combined Authority is supporting the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise’s (NICRE) network to gather insights from firms and channel their views to policymakers. 

Councillor Glen Sanderson, the authority’s cabinet member for rural, said NICRE’s Rural Business Beacons helps make sure the rural business voice is ‘heard and amplified’. 

The forum aims to help inform future enterprise policy and support. The views and experiences of rural businesses in the North East gathered via the network will also help to shape NICRE’s research to make it more relevant.



Changing rural economy


Councillor Sanderson said: “The rural economy is changing and this brings many new opportunities but also challenges. Working closely together, sharing experiences and taking part in NICRE’s Beacon forum is a great way for busy rural businesses to easily make sure their voice is heard and amplified. 

“It is vital that they are well represented when policymakers are taking decisions and I encourage businesses to get involved in this new forum and really celebrate our thriving rural communities." 

Alongside opportunities to provide evidence to inform policymakers, Rural Business Beacons will also have the chance to showcase their business through NICRE’s innovation portal and communications and marketing activities. 

Beacons will be invited to two half-day networking events per year – with the first one planned for early 2024 – and receive a regular NICRE newsletter.