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…)

Dairy Farmers: 5 ways to add value to your milk

How can you add value to your milk? With milk prices fluctuating are you wondering how you can add value to your milk right now? I’ve searched the internet for some recent musings on adding value to your milk to hopefully secure a better income. Raw milk You can add value to your milk by (more…)

10 Step Strategy to Market Your Business Effectively

Follow our 10 Step Strategy to Market your Rural Business Marketing is much more than a logo and a leaflet and there are many definitions. As you will see from the image below marketing covers everything from your product (or service) right through to your processes and physical environment. Our 10 step strategy to market (more…)

Back to Basics – 4 Easy Steps

Let’s Get Back to Basics In this week’s blog, I want to focus on getting the basics right – for my own reference more than anything and for anyone else who is struggling with trying to do everything. It’s hard isn’t it? But first, what do I mean when I say get back to basics? I’m suggesting that I (more…)

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…)