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1068: Rural business survey

This paper is taken from the key findings of ‘Rural Businesses in the North East of England: Final Survey Results’ (2009) by Jane Atterton and Arthur Affleck of the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University.

Year of Publication2010

Rural and urban economies are increasingly similar but rural areas have a higher proportion of sole traders and microbusinesses, home based working is growing and in-migrants are important in starting up new businesses. 44% of respondents run two businesses and 14% ran three. This multi-layered activity has a positive impact on individuals, households, business supply chains and rural communities - they are inter-related and mutually supporting. A third of businesses were 20 years old or more and 60% of respondents were over 50 years old. Only 39% of businesses were looking to expand

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