Rural innovation and small business development

Authored by: Paul Cowie , Pattanapong Tiwasing , Jeremy Phillipson , Matthew Gorton

The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning

Print publication date:  January  2019
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138104051
eBook ISBN: 9781315102375
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315102375-20

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Abstract

Rural businesses from multiple sectors make an important contribution to growth and productivity and are affected by wider challenges that impact on local and national growth strategies. Rural firms experience practical challenges concerning the availability of business premises, planning regulations, access to support, recruitment of skilled staff, as well as lack of innovative technologies. In this chapter we consider innovation barriers and experiences in rural areas and introduce an exemplar case study of ‘rural enterprise hubs’ in England. This chapter examines the process of innovation in a rural context and how rural enterprise hubs contribute to rural innovation.

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