Publications

Total results: 15.
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 briefing was prepared as background material for the ENRD Thematic Work on 'Social Inclusion' (2017-2018). 
It covers topics such as addressing nutritional, housing and health needs.
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 is the main report of the ENRD Seminar on ‘Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation’ (Brussels, March 2017).
It examines a range of EU policies and tools for business innovation, including digitisation, smart specialisation, and social innovation. It also features examples of rural business innovation and explores how such initiatives can be supported and extended through the Rural Development Programmes (RDPs).
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. 

The final report of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses' (2016-2017) summarises the main recommendations and outputs from the TG's work. Additionally, it overviews the context, objectives, approach, methods and activities of the TG.

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 is the main report of a dedicated ENRD workshop, which overviews inspiring youth initiatives and projects related to youth entrepreneurship, rural-urban linkages, communication, and digitisation, as well as specific policy tools and funds to support these.

This is the main report of the third meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses'.
It explores 'wild' business ideas from the Netherlands, the links between rural businesses and the wider rural economy, lessons from Scotland on LEADER and rural business support, as well as TG members' perspectives.

This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure explores how Rural Development Programme (RDP) funding – co-financed by the EAFRD – has been used not only to support individual rural businesses, but also to create the kind of enabling environment that allows businesses to prosper in rural areas.

Supporting rural business usually means providing strategic interventions that can increase the likelihood of successful, self-sustaining economic activities in rural areas.

The projects highlight inspiring examples of how to provide advice, training and networking opportunities to rural businesses, as well as targeted investment in the digital and physical infrastructure needed by rural business, both on-farm and in other rural sectors of activity.

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