16 November 2023

Top award for rural business resilience paper

NICRE research

A NICRE academic paper exploring rural business resilience has won a top award.

‘Understanding Rural Business Resilience during the Covid-19 Pandemic’, by researchers at Newcastle University (NU) and the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC), was named 'best paper' in the rural enterprise track at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) 45th Annual Conference last week.

The paper, by Thao Nguyen, Maria Wishart, Stephen Roper, Matthew Gorton and Jeremy Phillipson, draws on evidence from NICRE's first large-scale State of Rural Enterprise (SORE) Survey in 2021 as published in The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on rural businesses: experiences and resilience.

Forthcoming reports

NICRE's second SORE survey was carried out over the summer with a focus on the impact of the cost-of-doing-business crisis, alongside how firms are responding to the climate emergency, rural opportunities and the availability of skills/labour in the rural economy.

Reports will be published later this year and early next.

NICRE's Panagiotis Kyriakopoulos, from ERC, was also a 'best paper' finalist in the rural enterprise track for 'Revisiting research on innovation for rural businesses: A bibliometric study'.

A paper co-authored by NICRE's Sara Maioli with Jonathan Jones from NU Business School - ‘The Motives of Inbound Foreign Direct Investors in the UK Creative Industries’ - was named 'best paper' in the research and knowledge exchange track at the conference. Sara and Jonathan are both Co-Investigators at the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre led by NU alongside the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).  

The conference was held in Birmingham and focused on ‘Sustainable Growth in Unexpected Places’. It brought together more than 200 researchers and practitioners interested in small business and entrepreneurship research, policy, practice, education, support and advice.