Publications

Total results: 5.
This is the main report of the fourth meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses'.
It explores the Finnish approach to supporting businesses in rural areas, including inspiring businesses and the 'Smart Countryside' initiative. 
Additionally, it overviews methods for turning the TG's outputs - case studies and Rural Development Programme (RDP) analysis - into useful tools, and members' perspectives on how the TG met the initial expectations.
This is the main report of the first meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses'.
It overviews the working themes identified by the TG (new trends and wild ideas, fit-for-business support, digitisation), perspectives of TG members, and Rural Development Programme (RDP) support tools.
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: 
  • 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. 
This is the main report of the second meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses'.
It explores a vision for Rural Businesses 2030, the concepts of accelerators and rural digital hubs, and Rural Development Programme (RDP) support for rural businesses.

This issue of the EU Rural Review explores some of the latest thinking and practice in how rural entrepreneurship can be supported to take advantage of emerging opportunities and latent potential in order to develop new forms of successful rural business.

Without seeking to ignore the many challenges facing Europe’s rural areas, the issue overviews new opportunities emerging from sectors ranging from the biotechnology to the experience economy and from possibilities created by new information technologies to changing consumer demand.

Finally, it examines how the Rural Development Programmes can be deployed strategically to take advantage of these opportunities, finding smarter ways to deliver effective business support and making targeted efforts to overcome some of the specifically rural challenges.