Organic farming has grown at a rapid pace recently, and yet organic agriculture only currently occupies one per cent of all cropland worldwide.
Rural companies want to harness digital technology for growth, but finding people with the correct skills is proving to be difficult.
Small rural businesses have it tough and tend to rely more on traditional processes; whether that’s just selling locally, relying on word of mouth, or banking in person at the local branch.
One firm told Real Business that although it has no problems in terms of connectivity, it had to pay extortionate Internet prices to get to that position.
Evolve or die. Grow or stagnate. However you phrase it, there’s no denying the world of business is one built on movement and progress. Yet companies in rural or remote areas of the UK have found efforts to expand stymied. It’s not through failings or limitations, but because of being unable to access a utility that is now recognised as a necessity, not a luxury.
Triumph over adversity, exporting triumph and rural success will be just some of the themes celebrated at the 2016 Amazon Growing Business Awards.
George Osborne recently laid out his 10-point plan to boost productivity in rural areas. But without high-speed internet and reliable cloud services, there is not much hope.