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Rural innovation and small business development

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul CowieORCiD, Dr Pattanapong Tiwasing, Professor Jeremy Phillipson, Professor Matthew GortonORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2019.

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Rural businesses from multiple sectors make an important contribution to growth and productivity and are affected by wider challenges that impact on local and national growth strategies. Rural firms experience practical challenges concerning the availability of business premises, planning regulations, access to support, recruitment of skilled staff, as well as lack of innovative technologies. In this chapter we consider innovation barriers and experiences in rural areas and introduce an exemplar case study of ‘Rural Enterprise Hubs’ in England. This chapter examines the process of innovation in a rural context and how rural enterprise hubs contribute to rural innovation

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Author(s): Cowie P, Tiwasing P, Phillipson J, Gorton M

Editor(s): Scott, M; Gallent, N; Gkartzios, M

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning

Year: 2019

Pages: 192-199

Print publication date: 24/01/2019

Online publication date: 24/01/2019

Acceptance date: 20/08/2018

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: London and New York


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781138104051