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850: Keep Trade Local

This paper is summarised from “Keep Trade Local: A New Approach to the Rural Economy” produced by the Federation of Small Businesses

Year of Publication2009

The first priority must be to businesses such as rural post offices, village shops and pubs to ensure that they not only survive but also continue to act as the heart of rural village life for generations to come. Then we need to ensure that we can deliver a framework that will allow our rural economies to flourish for the benefit of business, the environment and communities alike by addressing the fiscal framework, by unlocking the huge potential of the tourism industry and, more than anything through a planning system that reflects the potential the rural economy has to offer.

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