Boosting Rural Productivity – Research & Survey for the Future
The Diverse Regeneration Company are pleased to be working with Heart of the South West LEP to undertake a study that builds on the findings of the SW Rural Productivity Commission Report 2017.
We are undertaking this study to help inform the development of a future community led Rural Productivity Programme. This research will look to provide recommendations to support the HotSW LEP’s rural agenda with the aim of supporting rural enterprise and enhancing rural productivity across the HotSW area.
The aim of the research is:
- to undertake an analysis of community led Local Development and best practice;
- to identify lessons learned for direction of a Rural Productivity Programme; and
- to recommend a delivery framework for a Rural Productivity Programme.
The Rural Productivity Commission report was published in 2017 and highlighted a concern that rural areas may lose out under new funding arrangements, post EU exit; as well as identifying that under current funding, there was little opportunity for LEPs and Local Authorities to have the freedom to think creatively or be able to deliver locally designed/directed rural interventions.
We hope our study will provide a detailed analysis, recommendations and potential priorities for a future community led rural productivity programme for the HotSW rural area.
This will include:
- Identifying lessons learned from practitioners, programmes and projects.
- Performing a literature review to identify good community led local development practice in the SW area and elsewhere.
- Understanding at what geographic level future programmes are best delivered to and provide not only good value for money but greatest benefit to the enterprises and communities involved.
- Identify suitable frameworks for delivery, including how it would be administered considering potential size and extent of rural businesses (SMEs).
- Consideration of new potential indicators for measuring success in rural areas.
- Identifying best practice for governance of a future programme.
Part of our research involves a SURVEY. This is your opportunity to HAVE YOUR SAY! – on future Rural Funding Programmes
Please click here to go to our Survey