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Professor Jeremy Phillipson,
This is the final published version of a report that has been published in its final definitive form by National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise, 2022.
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Rural Enterprise Hubs (REHs) are mechanisms for bringing together rural businesses. The co-location of businesses drives innovation through knowledge exchange, where face-to-face contact still matters. They provide additional opportunities to network, acquire knowledge, form new collaborations, and create synergies between tenants. REHs can also act as a platform through which business support organisations can deliver their support. This review provides an overview of what are REHs, and the academic literature on their benefits and factors affecting their performance. It identifies that hub managers play a vital role as knowledge providers, brokering collaborations and sign-posting tenants to necessary support. REHs bring multiple benefits to their tenants, some of which are economic (improvementsto their businesses and productivity) whilst others are more social and psychological (improvements to well-being).
Author(s): Merrell I, Phillipson J, Gorton M
Series Editor(s): National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise
Publication type: Report
Publication status: Published
Series Title: State of the Art Review
Print publication date: 06/10/2022
Online publication date: 06/10/2022
Acceptance date: 06/10/2022
Report Number: 5
Institution: National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise
Place Published: Newcastle Upon Tyne
ePrints DOI: 10.57711/029g-ra84