On Tuesday 20th March 2018, School of Geography Deputy Head, Dr Gary Bosworth, was invited to a UK Industrial Strategy Workshop, “Rural Opportunities and Challenges”, hosted by the Centre for Rural Economy (Newcastle University).
The UK Industrial Strategy White Paper was launched in November 2017 by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It includes examples, references and plans that embed and infer opportunities for Britain’s rural economies. Rural stakeholders worked hard to inform the final Strategy, including via a workshop at the Rural Entrepreneurship Conference, Newcastle University in June 2017. The workshop provided organisations and agencies active in England’s rural economies an opportunity to explore and inform plans for implementing the approved UK Industrial Strategy.
Dr Bosworth has also recently shared his research with the Open Innovation Team, part of the UK’s Cabinet Office. His co-authored paper on community-led local development can be found here.
Offering his thoughts on the subject, Gary said: “Through all of this activity I am advising policy-makers about how to realise the full potential of rural economies, in particular how to support rural businesses that make a real difference to their local communities. With new ‘Local Industrial Strategies’ being developed by each of the LEPs (Local Enterprise Partnerships), it is a particularly important time to remind people about the importance of our rural economies.”
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