Published: 19th May 2020

Newcastle University and partners will lead a new National Centre to ‘unlock the untapped potential’ of rural economies across the UK. Led by experts from Newcastle, Warwick, Gloucestershire and the Royal Agricultural Universities, and working with businesses, policy makers, enterprise agencies and communities, the Centre has been awarded £3.8m of funding by Research England. In England alone, rural businesses comprise over half a million enterprises, 3.6 million employees and contribute over £260bn to GDP.  Yet despite this, they are still largely underexplored and underutilised, according to the researchers behind the new centre. Through the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE), the aim is to help build the capabilities of policy makers, support agencies, rural businesses and their advisers to create resilient and sustainable economies fit for the 21st century. Though the decision to fund NICRE was taken before the outbreak of Covid-19, its work will help to understand the ongoing impacts … (To read the full article, subscribe below)