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2010: Rural Businesses

This research briefing discusses the key findings from a survey of rural businesses in the North East of England carried out in 2009. 88% of survey respondents were sole traders and microbusinesses and just over 38% of respondents reported that their business was part of, or attached to, their home. Although the economic downturn had a negative impact on some business owners, the overall picture was reasonably positive with 39% of owners still planning growth.

The Briefing also draws out some of the implications of the findings for rural Scotland.

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Rural Businesses

Dr Jane Atterton

Rural Policy Centre Manager and Policy Researcher

Address: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4256

Fax: 0131 535 4345

E-mail: jane.atterton@sruc.ac.uk

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