Unlocking the digital potential of rural areas – research

A new research project is being launched, to explore the economic potential where rural based businesses take-up and use digital opportunities arising from broadband and mobile networks.

Rural England CIC and Scotland’s Rural College have been commissioned by Amazon to take an independent look at how businesses use digital, what barriers they face and what plans they have for the future. What could be the added value for the rural and, indeed, national economy?

Take part - Rural Based Businesses Survey

Owners and managers from rural based businesses across the UK are invited to take part in a quick-to-complete survey about digital take-up and opportunities. Responses will be accepted up to 1 September and they will be treated in confidence. This is a hugely important topic for the future of the rural economy and its varied businesses. Whether you run a farm, a tech company, a retail outlet or something else entirely, we'd love to hear from you. Whether you’ve always worked in a rural area or have recently moved there, your views are just as relevant. Thank you for completing the survey and do please pass it on to other rural businesses across the UK that you know.

Complete the survey