Rural resilience during Covid

A survey into how small firms in the countryside deal with crises and how they recover.

“We’d really like to hear your thoughts to help us shed light on rural resilience and contribute to developing future policy support for businesses in rural areas.”

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There is some interest in ‘rural resilience’:

Rural small businesses need local solutions to survive

Co-building social resilience in rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Building rural resilience in a post-coronavirus economy | News | CORDIS | European Commission

Can rural development programs build resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic? | PreventionWeb.net

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However, there hasn’t as yet been a proper survey – until now:

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NEW SURVEY INTO HOW RURAL BUSINESSES COPED WITH CRISIS

Teesdale Mercury reports on a new survey from the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) asking rural businesses how they are dealing with COVID-19

The survey will ask more than 4,000 small rural businesses about the strategies they have put in place during the pandemic to increase their resilience, as well as their plans and expectations for the future.

The researchers said: “Every business in the UK has been challenged in some way over the last year due to COVID-19 however those in rural areas have been some of the hardest hit. As we take steps along the road to recovery, it’s surprising, perhaps, but we have very little robust information on rural resilience – how small firms in the countryside deal with crises and how they recover”.

Alongside resilience, the survey explores how rural enterprises’ local networks have contributed to survival and growth, the impact of financial pressures on businesses, families and communities as well as issues around workforce, the availability of broadband, and aspects of local supply chains.

New survey into how rural businesses coped with crisis – Rural Services Network

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With the full piece here:

“We would be very interested to talk in-depth to the owners of rural and farming firms about how you and your business have coped during the pandemic, the challenges you have faced, and what you think about the support you have received from Government and local agencies.

“We’d really like to hear your thoughts to help us shed light on rural resilience and contribute, through NICRE, to developing future policy support for businesses in rural areas.”

New survey into how rural business coped with crisis – Business – Teesdale Mercury

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And  contact details here, to join the survey:

National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise | NICRE – NICRE – Newcastle University

   
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