1103: State of the countryside - enterprise and entrepreneurship

This paper is summarised from Chapter 3 ‘The economy in rural England’ of the Commission for Rural Communities’ ‘State of the countryside’ report which describes the current condition of rural England through the latest available facts and figures

Year of Publication2010

There has been an 8% increase in rural micro-businesses since 2005 compared to a 6% increase in urban areas. The highest proportions of businesses trading for 10 years or greater can be found in the most rural areas. Rural areas have seen an increase in the rate of insolvency during the recession but not at the same extent as urban. Early-stage entrepreneurial activity in the rural locations is higher than in urban areas. Women are just over half as likely to be entrepreneurs as men in rural areas.

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