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Non-amenity business growth and small town revival

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neil Adrian Powe



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Despite their dominance within academic research, not all places are conducive to amenity-led revival. Through longitudinal case study analysis and a series of wider contextual interviews, this paper explores the potential of small town business growth to provide an alternative/complementary strategy within place-based revival. Despite transport accessibility remaining a key determinant attracting business investment, significant business growth has still occurred within peripheral towns and can provide a closer resonance to local economic/social/political realities than amenity-led approaches. Whilst there is potential for small town business growth, policy recognition requires an increased awareness of the importance of place-based revival.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Powe NA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Rural Studies

Year: 2018

Volume: 62

Pages: 125-133

Print publication date: 01/08/2018

Online publication date: 29/07/2018

Acceptance date: 25/07/2018

Date deposited: 25/07/2018

ISSN (print): 0743-0167

ISSN (electronic): 1873-1392

Publisher: Pergamon Press


DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.07.013


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