Who we work with

Government policy makers

We share our knowledge, best practice and the insight from rural businesses and communities to inform local, regional and national policy making and support for rural enterprise.

This involves all levels including local and regional authorities, economic development agencies and Government departments.

We’re working with combined and local authorities to collate evidence on rural economies to support investment planning.

In central Government, our work is feeding into a range of departments. For example, with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), this includes regular inputs of research evidence and insight, such as on the effects of Covid-19 on rural businesses and firms’ experiences of infrastructure and networks.

We’re working with Building Digital UK, part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), to enable firms to share their views on rural broadband connection and the effect it has on their businesses.

If you’d like to talk to us about our research and evidence, discuss commissioning opportunities or speak to our Policy Advisor Ulrike Hotopp, please get in touch nicre@newcastle.ac.uk

Evidence submissions

We provide evidence to inquiries and consultations run by All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) and Government departments, such as:

Cost of living in rural areas inquiry - APPG for Rural Business and the Rural Powerhouse (November 2022). Report The Rural Premium: exploring the impacts of the cost-of-living crisis in rural areas (April 2023). See our blogs Uncertainty surrounds impact of cost-of-living crisis among rural businesses (December 2022) and Decarbonisation and cost-saving go hand in hand for rural businesses (February 2023).

Net zero review: call for evidence - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (October 2022).

Evidence to APPG for Geographically Protected Foods. Report Untapped Potential: Protected Food and Drink Name Policy in the United Kingdom (June 2022). See our news item Evidence presented on protected food names.

Rural productivity inquiry - APPG for Rural Business and the Rural Powerhouse (June 2021). Report Levelling up the rural economy: an inquiry into rural productivity (April 2022).

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