How to Scale Rural Enterprise


Published: 20th Jul 2020

This How To Guide sets out what we know about how community organisations can work with other individuals and organisations to support rural SMEs with digital. It sets out how community organisations who are skilled at engaging and supporting rural businesses to use digital, can scale this support as an extension of the services they already provide.

All the advice is based on findings from a Digital Enterprise pilot project run by Good Things Foundation from October 2018 to March 2020, funded by Prince’s Countryside Fund. It aimed to test how community organisations who are skilled at engaging and supporting rural businesses to use digital (hereby known as ‘Digital Enterprise Hubs’) can train other community organisations or individuals (hereby known as ‘Digital Enterprise Champions’) to carry out a similar role.

Thanks to A1 Community Works, Airedale Enterprise Services and all the Champions from the Digital Enterprise pilot for all their hard work and input into this How To Guide.


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