Vision to help Exmoor’s rural economy thrive

A new shared vision for Exmoor’s rural economy will be unveiled at an event for businesses and organizations.

Exmoor-based businesses are invited to the event sponsored by rural broadband provider Airband at Knowle Manor near Timberscombe on November 23 which will present a new vision for rural Exmoor business to support a sustainable economy by creating community wealth, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to develop their ideas, for people to thrive and for the environment to recover.

It aims in particular to meet the double challenge of an increasingly green agenda due to climatic and natural emergencies, and a digital world more focused on technology.

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The new vision follows extensive research and consultation with local businesses and organizations, having been commissioned by a partnership including district and county councils, business groups (such as the Federation of Small Businesses). , Visit Exmoor and Exmoor Hill Farming Network), the National Park Authority and the Local Business Partnership.

During the workshop, which will take place between 3.30pm and 7.00pm, delegates will have the chance to discuss the new vision and the network with various other businesses, support organizations and policy makers.

Seats are free, but must be pre-booked on a first come, first served basis via This site.



Timberscombe

Speaking ahead of the event, Dan James – rural business manager for Exmoor National Park – said: “There are many organizations that have a role to play in supporting our communities, our businesses and our landscapes, and it is So it’s great to see various partners and stakeholders come together. to accept this vision for such a special place.

“We are delighted to share it now and to develop the ideas it contains, for the benefit of businesses at all levels, while preserving the special qualities of the national park. “

Tony Watkins, Head of Local Business Development (Devon and Somerset) at Airband, said: “Airband is really delighted to sponsor this important event and support the rural economy of Exmoor.

“The vision recognizes that we live in a more technology-driven digital world and identifies connectivity as a key priority for Exmoor’s future economy.

“Here at Airband, we are able to connect some of Exmoor’s most rural businesses and households to super high speed. As pioneers, we are heading to corners of the country where others will not dare to go and we look forward to meeting local businesses and discussing solutions with them on the 23rd. ”

The Rural Enterprise Exmoor partnership also runs a number of sector-specific workshops throughout the fall and offers local businesses the opportunity to be listed for free in a new business directory in the region.

Kerrie Wilson, Business Engagement Facilitator for the Rural Enterprise Exmoor Project, said:.

“The #WeAreExmoor campaign has been particularly helpful in highlighting the great opportunities available to everyone to support our local businesses and we hope that the vision and events we are currently hosting will give new impetus. “

More details on the initiative and all proposed events are available online here, or you can email Kerrie Wilson at [email protected] for more details.

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