Category Archives: Rural Economy

Global Award for Peak District Farm?

Beechenhill Farm up for Global Award Beechenhill Farm has been short-listed out of 1600 global nominations in the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards.  Responsible tourism; having more fun and better experiences because you are not harming the planet,  is at the core … Continue reading

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Save Young People, Share an Apprentice!

Do you remember the ‘Save water- share a bath’ campaign? Well, Save Young People, Share an Apprentice! Just in Staffordshire there are over 30,000 small businesses, if half of those shared an apprentice that would be 7,000 young people being … Continue reading

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Soaring Spirits and Harsh Realities of the English Uplands

A while ago I tramped across the Peak District’s Bleaklow in mizzly drizzle, hot and puffing in my waterproof jacket; my legs aching from high stepping through the heather tufts. We reached a high point and stopped. All around, as … Continue reading

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Getting ready for Guests

I have been putting the directories together for our B&B rooms and cottages, you know, lists and leaflets of restaurants, shops, experiences and places to visit. I am bowled over by the wonderful businesses on my doorstep all offering lovely … Continue reading

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Cow Manure and Bright Sparks

Our living countryside runs and thrives because there are lots of ‘bright sparks’; people who take responsibility and get things done in villages and rural communities. I have just been involved in a EU funded LEADER process interviewing candidates with … Continue reading

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A rural, female, small-business view of an emerging LEP

I was invited to speak at the event held today by Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  I was asked to introduce my small rural business, describe my measures of success and say what I want from the LEP.  … Continue reading

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