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.