3 Huge Benefits of a Virtual Meeting

Rural Business Network’s First Virtual Meeting We held our first virtual meeting last Wednesday and whilst I was incredibly nervous, I am delighted to say it went very well, in fact, it went far better than I ever imagined. I used the platform Zoom and having upgraded from a free account, I could run the (more…)

5 ways to protect your Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week I am sure you are already aware that this week, Monday 18th to Sunday 24 May 2020 is Mental Health Awareness week. The theme for 2020 is ‘kindness’ and aims to raise awareness and inspire and promote the message of good mental health for all. Mind reports that approximately 1 in 4 of (more…)

I believe in supporting businesses

What do you believe? I’ve made a mistake. I re-watched Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle TED Talk at the weekend, having first watched it as a final year marketing student in 2017. Have you seen it? Simon explains: That people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. The goal is to do (more…)

Santander Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme 2020

Representing University of Sunderland in the Santander Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme Rural Business Network is delighted to be representing the University of Sunderland in this year’s Santander Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme.  The programme will run from 20th May through to October and will feature a Virtual Launch Event, exclusive Online Content, and an Accelerator. The programme will (more…)

Member spotlight – April 2020

Teesdale Cheesemakers joins Rural Business Network I am delighted to announce that Teesdale Cheesemakers Allison and Jonathan Raper have joined our Rural Business Network community. They hand make eight soft artisan cheeses using milk from the family farm, winning numerous awards in the process: Teesdale Blue – a mild creamy Blue (cow’s milk) White Hilton (more…)

What support is there for my rural business?

As our rural community grows, so will the support to your business. I am delighted to announce our first support organisation member is Digital Drive County Durham. An ERDF funded project, they offer fully funded digital advice and training as well as up to 40% funding towards your digital projects.  Their new programme of fully funded webinars are (more…)

Join Our Community

Today, Wednesday 1st April 2020, I am delighted to announce that Rural Business Network has opened for membership.  Now, more than ever, we need to come to terms with the fact that we all need support. The best way to do this is to surround ourselves with a community of like-minded people. I would love (more…)

Busy start to the year

It has been a busy start to the year developing the membership offer and running 2 events. The first event which focused on the RDPE Growth Programme, took place on 15th January.  Kindly sponsored by Parsons Containers, it was held at The Manor House in Sedgefield. We heard about Visit County Durham’s £1billion visitor economy aim from Craig Wilson, (more…)

What a busy week!

Wow, what a busy couple of weeks! I was delighted to be shortlisted as a finalist in last Wednesday’s If We Can You Can Ones To Watch Challenge held at Teesside University. I had to pitch to 10 tables of invited guests one after the other, which was incredibly intense but such a worthwhile experience. I received (more…)

When we say rural business, what comes to mind?

In fact the rural areas of England cover 90% of its land and house 17% of its people and whilst once dominated by agriculture, rural areas are now as economically diverse as urban economies. In 2017-18 there were 545,00 businesses registered in rural areas, accounting for 24% of all registered businesses in England. These businesses (more…)