While urban businesses seem to have everything on tap, this is most certainly not the case for rural businesses, where resources are not so abundant, and in this article, we will be looking at ways to assist businesses that are in remote locations, away from the city and its infrastructure.
Essential Business Communications
The arrival of the World Wide Web certainly changed the way that rural businesses communicate, and the key players like Mark Lumsdon-Taylor working tirelessly to improve the rural business environment, rural businesses can call upon their skills regarding understanding business communication. A farmer, for example, might not fully understand the legal jargon regarding a contract he has with a supermarket chain, and there are local organisations that are there to assist rural businesses in many ways.
If a rural community is part of a national help network, they can receive specific advice on farming or their particular industry, and this service would be free to all registered members. If a rural business is going through difficult times, the rural advisory service might be able to provide essential financial support.
The rural support group would be able to offer certain small rural businesses financial support during difficult times; the group might be government or privately funded, or a mixture of both. If a business is paying monthly for the purchase of essential farming equipment, the rural support group will often assist the farmer until things improve.
Bonding the Community
Rural businesses should come together, as they are able to help each other in times of need, and there are more and more rural business support groups being formed all across the United Kingdom. If the group meets weekly or monthly, they can discuss ways of helping each other, which will result in issues being resolved.
Creating an Independent Community
It is the aim of a rural business support group to help the members become more independent, and if all the local businesses get involved, this improves the quality of life within the community. They might, for example, decide to raise money for something that the community could use, and by setting up their own funding projects, rural businesses are less reliant on central government.
If you run a business located in the UK countryside, it is very likely that there is already a local business support group running, and if there isn’t, you could hold a meeting with other business owners and propose to set up a rural business support group.