Unlocking Rural Potential Survey

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Rural-England-web-e1496825204948Share your views on digital opportunities and barriers for rural businesses

Businesses located in rural areas, including villages and small towns, are being asked to contribute their views by responding to a major survey about the use of digital technology.

Please go to: https://ruralengland.org/unlocking-the-digital-potential-of-rural-areas-research/

Who can take part?
Information is sought from all types of businesses:
Sector: from retailers, to manufacturers or professionals
Size: from small sole traders to larger employers
Type: from PLCs to social enterprises
Age: from recent start-ups to long-established firms

Responses are just as valuable however much or however little a business uses digital technology.

What will the questions be on?
The survey asks questions about how businesses use technology (e.g. smartphones, laptops and tablets), what they use it for (e.g. emails, e-commerce, Skype meetings and social media). It also asks about the benefits from using digital technology and whether anything holds back its use.

How can you help?
This is an important and ground-breaking piece of research about the future of the rural economy. The overall results will be discussed with MPs, Government departments and many others. So please help us by passing this on to as many rural businesses as possible. The deadline for responses is 1st September 2017.

Who is the survey for?
The research is being undertaken by Rural England CIC and Scotland’s Rural College, with YouGov running their survey. Survey responses will be treated in confidence and businesses do not have to provide information that would identify them.

The Rural Services Network is an organisation comprising over 100 local authorities and 120 other public service providers seeking to establish links across public service, identifying and broadcasting best practice and making representations on rural service issues. For details please visit our website www.rsnonline.org.uk

If you would like to find out more about our services or to join, please contact us on 01822 851370 or admin@sparse.gov.uk

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