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…)

If We Can You Can ‘Ones to Watch’ Finalist

I am thrilled that Rural Business Network has been shortlisted as a finalist for the If We Can You Can ‘Ones to Watch’ Challenge taking place at Teesside University on Wednesday 6th November 2019.  The competition, now in its 11th year is for startup businesses (or those with a business idea) based in the North East.  The final (more…)