Meet the Expert: Andy Venables

Out second Meet the Expert is a conversation with Andy Venables, Managing Director of rural marketing agency Hillsgreen based in Cheshire.

Meet the Expert: Richard Marshall

This first in a brand new series of Meet the Expert is a conversation with Richard Marshall who, since filming, has moved from Senior Associate to Partner at member Hay & Kilner Law Firm.

Excited to announce a Crowdfunder campaign!

As part of the Santander Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme, I have the opportunity to run a crowdfunding campaign from 1st to 29th September with Crowdfunder. Whilst it’s not something I had originally considered for Rural Business Network, I want to take advantage of the webinars and coaching so I can pass on my experience to members. (more…)

Do you hate social media? 3 reasons why you shouldn’t

I must admit I have a love-hate relationship with social media. Some days I love it, some days I hate it! I know that consistency is key but it’s so hard when you have a million and 1 other things to do – especially at this time of year. So this blog is a quick (more…)

#Farm24 – celebrating all that is Great about British farming

Proud to Support #Farm24 Have you heard of #Farm24? Launched in 2015 by the Farmers Guardian and sponsored by Morrisons, it is the agricultural industry’s biggest online event. Farmers and Foodies are encouraged to take to social media for a 24 hour period to show and explain the work they are doing that day. This (more…)

A fantastic first 4 months for Rural Business Network!

It has been an exciting start for Rural Business Network When membership opened on April Fool’s Day in the midst of this pandemic, I didn’t know what to expect for Rural Business Network. I can safely say it’s been an exciting few months with 25 rural business owners joining our community 😊 I was pushed (more…)

New project? Do you need planning permission?

What new project do you have in mind? Last week Rural Business Network member and Rural Chartered Surveyor, Charlotte Newton from Vickers & Barrass gave a very informative presentation on planning and development which included: An overview of the UK (focusing on England) planning system Comparison of planning permission and permitted development rights Class Q (more…)

The Top 4 Reasons why Networking is Essential

Networking is essential to grow your business “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. I’m sure you’ve heard that saying – and it’s so right. Now, I find networking incredibly difficult – I’m a fish out of water and force myself to attend events because I know it’s the right thing to do. (more…)