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Rural Business on the road

August 30, 2019
August 30, 2019 - Rural Business on the road
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Being past winners of the Rural Business Awards has been an exciting adventure and two years on we are still very much involved. Recently we were delighted to be invited to attend Countryfile Live at Castle Howard. It was an amazing event attended by 58,557 people over the four days with the Countryfile presenters very much involved. As members of the Rural Business Group our job was to promote and discuss all things rural on a panel of business experts.  The Rural Business Group event was sponsored by O2 and we met up with other award winners that we knew.

The challenges of setting up a rural business

Jules Hudson of Escape to the CountryOn arrived we were met and briefed by Jules Hudson of Escape to the Country fame. The session we were involved with was discussing the challenges and pitfalls of diversifying, particularly for rural businesses. The aim was to encourage potential entrepreneurs to take up the challenge and bring their ideas to fruition. Both our farm and holiday businesses are very much part of the rural sector, so it is a topic close to our hearts that we have great experience of. Discussion covered communications, the problems with broadband and mobile, and the frustrations of running a modern business with the need for online connectivity in remote areas with slow internet connection. Also, the financial risks of setting up a new business, where and how to market your product or service and about networking with other isolated rural businesses. There was also a fun quiz to encourage audience participation and Jules was a brilliant chairperson putting everyone at ease and bringing in the other service providers such as NFU, and O2, to share their solutions to some of the problems raised.
What’s the Rural Business Group about?

The Rural Business Group has been set up to provide help and support and enable rural businesses to access information via a single point. The Group is for ALL people who make rural business work. It is interested in helping rural people to work together and breaking down barriers and not creating them. [featured_image number="2"]

The group aim to work with organisations – both commercial, community, policy focussed – any organisation who have something of use to offer to rural business, and in return help rural businesses to support their local economy and communities. You can find out more information and how to get involved on The Rural Business Group website.

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