Working spaces

How affordable land for sale in the countryside is sparking a rural enterprise revolution

Hannah Wilkinson | 3 February 2016 | 8 years ago

rural enterprise
In some parts of the UK almost one third of land purchases were by non-farmers in 2015
A combination of falling land values in rural areas and increasingly unaffordable prices in cities has spurred an increase in the number of startups based in the British countryside, according to new research by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The survey shows that some 25 per cent of rural land purchases in the UK were made by non-farmers in the second half of 2015 with property developers making up just one per cent of buyers. This trend was most pronounced in the South East, where almost one third of land purchases were by non-farmers.

‘startup businesses do not have to be confined to the trendy streets of East London, Britain’s countryside has a great deal to offer young entrepreneurs. Market conditions appear to be encouraging a wave of new types of rural business, and help must be given to support this trend further if our countryside communities are to thrive, said RICS head of policy Jeremy Blackburn.

new entrants to farming businesses continue to face barriers, but at RICS we are currently working with the Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre (FSLEC) developing a pilot matching service? for potential land entrepreneurs, helping to bring together those looking for new opportunities in agriculture with those who have land and rural real estate to let, he added.

Challenges for SMEs in rural locations include that of accessing fast internet. Additional research published in December 2015 revealed that only 68 per cent of SMEs had access to the fastest broadband speeds and the latest figures available show that the average rural speed is just 13 megabits per second (mbps) compared to 27 mbps in urban locations.

In his 2015 budget, chancellor George Osborne pledged a commitment to improving rural broadband speeds in order to help small firms based outside of cities thrive. The government hopes that 95 per cent of the country will have access to ‘super-fast? broadband by 2017.

He also wrote an article with Elizabeth Truss, the secretary of state for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the Telegraph in August 2015, in which they promised: This government is determined to support the millions that already choose a rural life and those that are joining them.

for rural areas, we want better internet and mobile phone communications, better transport, better schools, better skills, better housing, better business growth and better local government.

If your rural business suffers from slow broadband, check out this guide to find out what you can do to improve it.

Related Topics

How to Effectively Manage Remote Teams in Today’s World
30 August 2023

How to Effectively Manage Remote Teams in Today’s World

Read More →
Eco-Friendly Sustainable Business Practices
8 August 2023

Eco-Friendly Sustainable Business Practices

Read More →
The Future of Remote Work: Adapting to the Hybrid Workforce
17 July 2023

The Future of Remote Work: Adapting to the Hybrid Workforce

Read More →
The business rates loopholes your small company should know
4 September 2020

The business rates loopholes your small company should know

Read More →
How to winter-proof your workplace
31 October 2019

How to winter-proof your workplace

Read More →
5 things to consider before entering into a trendy office space
15 October 2019

5 things to consider before entering into a trendy office space

Read More →

If you enjoy reading our articles,
why not sign up for our newsletter?

We commit to just delivering high-quality material that is specially crafted for our audience.

Join Our Newsletter