Rural England is a Community Interest Company, which is managed by its team of Directors and whose work programme and outputs are shaped by a Stakeholder Group. This structure is designed to ensure that it operates independently of any-one interested party.
Having a robust, up-to-date and trusted evidence base about rural areas and services matters. It is a basis for assessing the right policy responses to rural challenges and opportunities. It enables informed debate about the best way to deliver services and initiatives to rural communities and businesses. In a fast changing world, it is a means for identifying rural trends and upcoming issues.
Whether it is the move to online services, the impact of an ageing population, reformed and financially leaner public services, or joint working across public-private-community sectors to deliver services, there is a very real need to understand the rural implications.
Rural England exists to bring together rural networks and stakeholders, to improve the rural evidence base, and to help disseminate and debate the findings. It does this in response to a widely perceived deterioration in the rural evidence base, which should not be allowed to happen unchecked.
Work has begun on a number of priority research, networking and dissemination activities. Rural England’s aim is to grow that role, dependent on the availability of funding. For the most part it is envisaged that financial support for this will come from corporate donations, especially from businesses with a rural interest.
We are delighted that towards 30 businesses are already supporters. More information about existing supporters and about becoming a supporter can be found on the supporters page.