Join BIPC Podcasting Expert in Residence, and series host Ashleigh King, in a conversation about ‘Rural Business’

Episode guests include:

💡Steve Batey, Owner of Rural Generator Services
💡Harvest Harris Jones, Co-owner of Laverock Law Cottages & Glamping
💡Rachel Williamson, Business Growth & Investment Manager – Advance Northumberland

Small business owners in rural areas experience unique challenges around access to the internet, power and transport, and this limits their connectivity.

Find out how the BIPC North East Locals and Advance Northumberland are tackling this and offering support to small businesses.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

💡Navigating thunderstorms, a pandemic and home schooling children as a small business
💡How integral community networks are in rural business areas, from sharing electricity to urgent communications
💡The support available for rural communities as they start, grow and scale their businesses – from finance, to insurance support.
For more details:

Discover a BIPC Local near you, situated in the heart of your local library or find us online:
Learn more about the Rural Design Centre Innovation Project and ‘Powerless People’ — A project focused on working with people who live off grid in Northumberland.

This podcast has been made possible with the kind sponsorship of the British Library and Newcastle City Council.
🦩Recorded at Flamingo Heights Podcast Studio
💡Executive Producers: Ashleigh King & Sarah Turnbull
🎥Technical Production: Joel Lowson & Krzysztof Furgala
Hashtags: #BIPCPodcast #LetsTalkAbout #BIPCNorthEast #RuralBusiness #Sustainability

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Contact us today if you’re interested in receiving business support. We'll help give you the skills, confidence and knowledge to grow and protect your business.

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