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1096: Commercial counterurbanisation

This paper is summarised from ‘Commercial counterurbanisation: an emerging force in rural economic development’ by Gary Bosworth of the Economic Research and Development Unit, University of Lincoln. The research was done whilst Gary was a PhD student at the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University.

Year of Publication2010

In the North East of England, in-migrants own over half of rural microbusinesses and they are more growth-oriented than businesses owned by locals. Commercial counterurbanisation can be a two-stage process - the decision to work in a rural area or run a rural business may occur several years after a residential move. These later start-ups were more similar to local businesses but they also retain extra-local connections. So the commercial activities of rural in-migrants, particularly those who become embedded into rural communities, form a key mechanism in local development, bringing in new ideas but also understanding and valorising local resources and local characteristics.

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