- 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 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.