- identifying new trends, opportunities and ‘wild ideas’ for rural businesses;
- business support approaches to help realise innovative business ideas;
- supporting access to broadband and digitisation opportunities; and
- building digital capacity.
Total results: 8.
This document summarises the main outcomes of the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses' and is intended to assist policy-makers with improving the support system for businesses in rural areas.
It covers topics such as:
The factsheet overviews business-support tools supported under the Rural Development Programme (RDPs), including knowledge transfer, advisory services, farm and business development, basic services, Cooperation (M16) and LEADER/CLLD.
The factsheet overviews tools to respond to current rural challenges (such as demographic change), the concept and usefulness of social innovation and social enterprise, and inspiring examples related to these.
The factsheet overviews the challenges faced by rural businesses, specific tailor-made responses and smart business-support tools, the practice of business accelerators, and Rural Development Programme (RDP) support.
The factsheet overviews the digital divide between urban and rural areas, the practice of rural digital hubs, short examples and relevant ENRD resources.