Putting the Spotlight on Farming Communities - House of Commons Launch
This report was launched by Tim Farron MP (Chair of the All-Party
Parliamentary Group on Hill Farming) at the House of Commons on 21 May. Tim
Farron described the report as “a powerful local response to that old mantra
think globally act locally. These networks are not about farming in some
abstract or narrow sense. They have wider beneficial impacts for the
communities in which they are based and the environment”. The Farmer Networks
project was commissioned by the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE)
with financial support from Solway Border & Eden and Cumbria Fells &
Dales Leader Local Action Groups, the Lake District National Park Authority,
Natural England and the Prince’s Countryside Fund. A copy of the report can
downloaded here: Putting the Spotlight on Farming Communities electronic copy.pdf. For more information about this work please contact email@example.com
Event on economic growth to leave a legacy in Skegness
As part of the conclusion of his Mayoral year, Skegness Town Councillor Mark Anderson hosted a legacy lecture on economic development in the town. Ivan delivered a presentation on 'new approaches to local growth' and was interviewed by BBC News on how Skegness has responded to opportunities and challenges arising from the recession. For more information about the event and to receive a copy of the presentation please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rural Evidence Workshop
Ivan attended a 'Workshop to develop the Rural Evidence Programme' at Defra on 1 May. The event considered how stakeholders had informed Defra's current Evidence Plan (number 22) and outputs from recent research activity. The purpose of the workshop was to shape the Government's future evidence planning.
Rural Deprivation & Inequalities
Rose Regeneration and the Rural Services Network (RSN) held an event on 'deprivation and inequalities' on 21 May at the Darlington Campus of Teesside University. Speakers included: Joyce Liddle (Teesside University) 'will the Adonis Review help or hinder deprivation?'; David Hunter (Durham University) 'the impact of health system reform - new dawn or poisoned chalice?' and Liz Charles (Durham Rural Community Council) 'fuel poverty and cooperative buying groups. More information about the seminar can be found on the RSN website at: http://www.rsnonline.org.uk/economic/area-forums-free-seminars
Coast, Wolds, Wetlands & Waterways Leader - Evaluation Framework
Rose Regeneration has been appointed by the CWWW Leader Local Action Group to provide a framework for Leader employees and staff at the Accountable Body (East Riding of Yorkshire Council) to review the delivery of the Programme and what has been achieved. For more information about this work please contact email@example.com
"Big Society" approaches to rural services?
Rose Regeneration is working with the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) and Rural Services Network (RSN) to provide Defra with updated evidence on how the "Big Society" can deliver public services. This includes producing a set of case studies setting out successful models. For more information about this work please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting out and about...transport for everyone?
Rose Regeneration and the Rural Services Network (RSN) held an event on transport on 20 March at Stevenage Borough Council. The event included presentations from John Birtwistle (First Group), Colin Walker (East Riding of Yorkshire Council), Rob Crowder (Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire), Elizabeth Hanger (Lincolnshire County Council) and Mike Ward (University of Lincoln). Information from the event can be downloaded here.
Councils assisting community organisations to 'bridge the gap'
Ivan supported the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) with a series of case studies to demonstrate how service provision can continue beyond that which local authorities are able to provide. The paper, which contains examples of Town and Parish Councils, Community Land Trusts, Rural Community Councils and faith groups taking a more active role in delivering services, can be downloaded here: Service delivery in rural areas.pdf
Yorkshire Agricultural Society
Ivan and Jessica presented a paper on current and future prospects for the rural economy at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society on 12 February. A copy of the slide pack can be downloaded here: In my backyard - think rurally, act locally.pdf. For more information please contact email@example.com
How Leader happened in Cumbria Solway, Border & Eden and Cumbria Fells & Dales Local Action Groups have commissioned Rose Regeneration to evaluate the impact of the Leader Programme they have delivered across Axes 1, 3 and 4. The evaluations will provide a systematic approach to understanding the history and impact of the programme, particularly its economic and social impacts (for recipients, beneficiaries and stakeholders), in a comparable format that can inform future economic programmes. For more information about this work please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE), The Farmer Network and The Cumbria Fells & Dales and Solway Border & Eden Local Action Groups (LAGs) have appointed Rose Regeneration to look for examples of farmers working together to help each other (Farmer Networks) and for examples of organisations that provide services to them (Networks for Farmers). This is so we can understand where and how these networks operate and the support that they provide. For more information about this work please contact email@example.com
Market Towns - fit for the future?
One in five people in the UK live in or around small rural towns - approximately 11 million people - and they remain the most rapidly expanding settlements in England. The Rural Services Network (RSN) and Rose Regeneration held an event on the future of market towns on 24 January at the Town Hall in Retford. The event included presentations from Professor John Shepherd (Rural Evidence Research Centre) on Community Interest Companies, Liz Price (University of Lincoln), Matt Corrigan (Lincoln BIG) and a walking tour. To receive a copy of the presentations please contact Wendy at the RSN by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting Landscape Scale Partnerships
Rose Regeneration is working with Pennine Prospects to develop a detailed picture of socio-economic conditions across the South Pennines landscape so that the impact of future programmes and funding bids can be maximised. We are also working with the Wildlife Trust to understand what peoples' aspirations are for some of Cornwall's wild and special places. For more information about these projects please contact email@example.com
OECD Urban, Regional and Rural Programme On 6 December, Ivan provided evidence to the OECD Working Party on Territorial Development Policies in Rural Areas. The session, held in Paris, was intended to scope out future work and define a set of modern rural policy principles. More information about the OECD's work on rural development can be found here.
Bassetlaw Rural Conference
Jessica presented a paper which considered whether "growing up" in rural England is now a myth or reality. Her presentation identified some priorities to serve as a springboard for Bassetlaw District Council in developing a rural plan/strategy.
The Future of the Leader Programme
The Leader Programme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 2007-2013. It is a way of harnessing local knowledge to enable a "bottom up" community led approach to the delivery of European rural funding. Rose Regeneration is leading a review of Leader on behalf of Defra to inform the programme from 2014. For more informaiton about this work please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
'Communities doing it for themselves'
On 17 November, Ivan attended the Eden Community Fair and Conference. The aim of the event was to help residents and local groups implement practical projects in their communities. Ivan delivered a keynote speech on 'future challenges and opportunities - the national picture' and participated in a question and answer session covering funding, fuel poverty and community assets. For more information about the event and/or to receive a copy of Ivan's paper, please email email@example.com
Planning for sustainable rural communities
Ivan presented a paper at a Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) seminar on 12 November. The event, hosted by East Midlands Councils, took stock of the Coalition Government's policy changes to planning and its implications for rural communities. To receive a copy of Ivan's paper on the rural economy please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rural Vulnerability Index 2012
The RVI 2012 has found rural local authorities are becoming more vulnerable. The study, carried out by Rose Regeneration and the Rural Services Network (RSN), reveals that coastal rural authorities have suffered particularly badly. An analysis of the Vulnerability Index findings can be found here. For more information about this work please contact Ivan by email email@example.com
Auction Mart opening
On 23 October, HRH The Prince of Wales toured Middleton-in-Teesdale Auction Mart and opened a new cafe/community facility. Rose Regeneration supported the Mart Board to submit a successful funding bid to North Pennine Dales LEADER to part fund the project. The Prince of Wales asked Jessica and Ivan about the use of the new facility.
The 'Challenges facing farmers' study looked at the issues facing upland farming communities, as well as possible responses to them. The research was funded by Oxfam and co-produced with UTASS. It was launched at a Policy Roundtable chaired by Stuart Burgess (Commission for Rural Communities) on 12 October. The report has received coverage on the BBC Sunday Politics Show and in Farmers Weekly, the NFU, the Hearld, the Westmorland Gazette and from the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hill Farming Tim Farron and RuSource. For more information about this work please email firstname.lastname@example.org
On 18 September, the British Film Institute (BFI) and Creative England held the first UK conference dedicated to rural cinema. The conference was held to optimise the involvement of practitioners, funders and commercial organisations in this arena. Ivan was the keynote speaker at the event, discussing how to grow audiences in rural communities and new delivery models. For example: is it reasonable to expect people to drive 30+ minutes to their local town for the cinema or should we be looking for more localised provision? For more information and a copy of the presentation, please email email@example.com
LGA Annual Rural Commission & Conference (11-12 September)
The 2012 Conference provided a unique opportunity for elected Members, Officers and practitioners to discuss how rural issues can be addressed by local authorities. Ivan participated in a 'Rural Growth Panel' alongside Lord Robin Teverson (Chair of the Rural Coalition) and Rob Johnston (Cumbria Chamber of Commerce). Other speakers included Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and Graham Biggs from the Rural Services Network. If you would like to receive a copy of Ivan's presentation "Growing up in rural England?" please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Perceptions of the rural-urban fringe: an integrated vision?
With increasing demands being placed upon land, can we afford to overlook the potential of the 'fringe'? How can it be viewed as an exciting landscape space fit for the 21st Century? Rose Regeneration and the Rural Services Network held an event on 11 October at St Mary's Church, Sheffield to discuss these issues. Copies of the presentations and a wrtie-up of the event can be found here.
Rose Regeneration has supported a Rural Growth Network (RGN) Enterprise Hub with its business planning. This included working with local people and businesses to help get ideas off the ground that meet the needs and aspirations of the community. Defra's press release can be found here. This work has informed the Government's Rural Statement which formalises the Government's drive for rural businesses to overcome barriers to growth. For more information about this work please contact Jessica email@example.com
The Big Lottery Fund in England is investing up to £200 million in 150 urban and rural neighbourhoods that have been overlooked for funding. The "Big Local" Programme aims to invest at least £1 million in each community to be spent over 10 years. Ivan has been appointed as a Big Local Rep and will support local areas in deciding how to spend their allocations. More information about the Programme is available here.
The Government has launched a series of Local Level Rural Proofing resources. These are available from the Defra website. For more information about this project (and if you would like to pilot the resources) please contact Ivan firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs)
On 17 July 2012, the Government announced the approval of 41 LNPs across the country. Information about LNPs is available from Defra's website. We are delighted to announce that the South Pennines has been designated a LNP. Rose Regeneration supported Pennine Prospects in preparing and submitting its application to Defra. For more information about this project and our natural environment work please contact Jessica email@example.com
Transforming Local Infrastructure (TLI) Rose Regeneration’s work with 4 organisations in Leicestershire and Rutland is intended to encourage them to think around the consolidation and collaboration of their activities and/or organisations and act as a catalyst for more sustainable business models. For more information about TLI and this project please contact Ivan firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaping the Natural Environment On the afternoon of 18 July at Central Hall (keighley), Rose Regeneration, Pennine Prospects, VAC and KIVCA held an interactive workshop for voluntary and community sector organisations to understand the important role that they play in managing the local environment. The aim of the event was to build links with these groups and consider ways of joining up activities at a landscape scale.
Middleton-in-Teesdale Auction Mart Rose Regeneration supported the Mart Board to submit a Full Application to North Pennine Dales LEADER to create a new multi-purpose building encompassing education space, meeting/training room plus kitchen faciltiies. The application has been successful and the Mart awarded £75,000 towards improving its existing facilities and the support it provides to the wider rural community. For more information about this work please contact email@example.com
Suicide Awareness Partnership Training (SAPT)
Rose Regeneration supported four Rural Community Councils to undertake a review of SAPT, an innovative programme which aims to increase the awareness of good emotional health and mental wellbeing, and reduce the stigma of suicide. By encouraging people in communities to talk about suicide, SAPT believes it goes some way towards removing the stigma that surrounds the subject. For more information about this work please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rural Insight Survey 2012 The The Survey is a joint initiative by Rose Regeneration and Ruralcity Media, with support from the Rural Services Network and is undertaken annually. The findings of this work will be used to develop and promote fresh ideas to inform local, sub-regional and national policies so that they benefit rural people and the countryside. Last year’s Survey found rural communities had a clear sense of how rural places differ from urban places (in terms of access to services, housing, economic profile, environmental profile and demography) as well as identifying tthe distinctive challenges they face (e.g. poor access to public transport, unaffordable housing, poor employment opportunities, poor access to services, poor access to employment). A copy of The Rural Insight Survey 2011 can be downloaded here. For more information about the 2012 Survey please contact email@example.com
Localism in practice
Localism is on the statue books and aims to shift power from Westminster to give new powers to local councils, communities, neighbourhoods and individuals. Rose Regeneration, the Rural Services Network and the Northern Rural Network organised a free event on the Localism Agenda. This was chaired by Professor Mark Shucksmith (Director of Research, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University) and included presentations from Lorraine O’Donnell (Assistant Chief Executive, Durham County Council) and Robin Wiles (the Newcastle Partnership). The event took place on Tuesday 12 June at Newcastle University. For more information and to receive copies of the presentations, please contact Ivan firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Spaces and the future of the countryside
To explore the implications of the Natural Environment White Paper, Rose Regeneration and the Rural Services Network held an event on 8 May at the University of Exeter. The event was chaired by Professor Michael Winter (Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research) and included presentations from Robert Fish (ecosystem services), Stuart Barr (transition towns) and Mike Kelly (planning). For more information about this event and/or to receive copies of the presentations please contact Wendy Cooper by email email@example.com
Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs)
The vision for LNPs (set out in the Natural Environment White Paper) is that they are self-sustaining strategic partnerships of a broad range of local organisations, businesses and people. Rose Regeneration supported Pennine Prospects on its proposals to develop a LNP for the South Pennines. This involved working with a variety of stakeholders to identify a boundary and key ways of working to make the LNP innovative and effective. For more information about this work please contact Jessica firstname.lastname@example.org
Farming and Seafood Workshops
Rose Regeneration and the University of Lincoln held two workshops for small and medium size employers and national multi-site companies with a presence in Lincolnshire. The workshops took place at the Holbeach campus (University of Lincoln) and Humber Seafood Institute (Grimsby). Participants identified new opportunities for growth and investment in farming and fishing. For more information about this work please contact Ivan email@example.com
Overcoming the Digital Divide?
On 6 March, Rose Regeneration and the Rural Services Network held an event on broadband at East Riding of Yorkshire Council in Beverley. The programme included presentations from Daniel Heery (Cybermoor) and Andy Pickard (RDPE delivery team, Defra). For further information about this event, and to receive copies of the presentations, please contact Wendy Cooper at the RSN by email firstname.lastname@example.org
'Foundations for the Future' - Leicestershire Rural Partnership
Rural Leicestershire is diverse, in terms of its landscape, its economy and the people that live within it. This diversity is relfected in Leicestershire Rural Partnership's (LRP) approach to supporting communities who live in the rural areas of the county. Rose Regeneration led an interactive workshop on 'supporting growth' at the LRP's annual conference. The event took place on 1 March and included presentations from Lesley Pendleton (Chair, LRP), Adam Henson (Countryfile presenter) and Sarah McAdam (head of rural communities policy unit, Defra). For more information please contact ivan email@example.com
Village SOS Conference
This national event took place on Monday 27 February at the Burlington Hotel, Birmingham. It provided inspiration, ideas, help and support to rural communities that are turning to community enterprise to rejuvenate their villages. Rose Regeneration, Peter Ainsworth (Chair, Big Lottery Fund), Stuart Burgess (Chair, Commission for Rural Communities) and Nigel Curry (CCRI, University of Gloucestershire) led an interactive workshop considering what communities need from future rural policy. More information about the event is available on the Village SOS website: http://www.villagesos.org.uk/national-conference
Parish & Community Led Planning Toolkit
Rose Regeneration was appointed by Bradford Metropolitan District Council to review the Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Plan and to develop a process for the next Plan. This was carried out under the 'Sustainable Urban Fringes' Project, a European programme that aims to realise the value of areas of landscape which link urban and rural places. A Toolkit has been produced to help the Parish Council, residents, businesses, local interest groups and stakeholders. For more information about this work please contact Jessica by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Promoting Jobs and Growth through Innovation
Rose Regeneration and CM International were appointed by The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) and Lincolnshire County Council to provide them with a greater understanding of the level and types of innovation in Greater Lincolnshire's traditional industries and how new sectors such as renewable energies and environmental technologies feed into this. For more information about this work please contact Ivan by email email@example.com.
The Future of the Uplands
Rose Regeneration and the Rural Services Network (RSN), with support from Knight Frank, held a Seminar on the Uplands at the University of Cumbria (Ambleside Campus) on Wednesday 22 February. The Seminar included presentations from Dr Lois Mansfield (principle lecturer, School for Outdoor Studies) and Will Rawling and Dorothy Wilkinson (Cumbria Farmer Network).
Are you ready for Localism?
With the Government estimating that many of the measures contained in the Localism Act will come into effect in April 2012, Rose Regeneration organised a free seminar for Town and Parish clerks and councillors to come along and find out what it all means and how they could make the most of it for the communities they serve. The workshop took place on Friday 27 January at the Cathedral Centre, Lincoln and was attended by more than 25 Town and Parish Clerks from across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
Housing and Fuel Poverty
Rose Regeneration and the Rural Services Network (RSN), with support from Knight Frank, held a seminar on Housing and Fuel Poverty at the University of Gloucestershire on 10 January. The event included presentations from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Calor . Please click here to download the presentations.
Supporting Economic Growth and Sustainable Communities in the City and the Countryside
Sheffield City Council is working to secure economic growth at a time when growth is scarce, nationally and globally. Rose Regeneration is working with the Council to understand the relationship between the rural economy and the city economy. This includes producing a range of recommendations and practical actions for the Council to consider.
Rural Economy Planning Toolkit Launched
Rose Regeneration has worked with Leicestershire Rural Partnership (LRP) to produce a pioneering Toolkit to give guidance to applicants, planners and local agencies and to act as a checklist for rural economic development planning applications. The Toolkit comes in interactive PDFs which can be downloaded here
A Plan for Growth?
Rose Regeneration and East Midlands Councils hosted an online debate on the Growth Review. The debate was chaired by Professor Glyn Owen (former director of the Policy Research Centre at Sheffield Business School), with contributions from panellists Matthew Wheatley (D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership) and Dr Gary Bosworth (Lincoln Business School). The debate was held on the Local Economic Growth Network (LEGN) knowledge hub platform: https://knowledgehub.local.gov.uk/group/localeconomicgrowthnetwork
Scottish rural town vulnerability analysed
A Report by Rose Regeneration, the Rural Services Network (RSN) and Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) has identified a "cluster" of rural Scottish towns vulnerable to the economic downturn. The Report has received coverage on BBC News, Business Improvement Districts Scotland and in the Hadwick News.
Local Enterprise Partnerships
The County Councils Network (CCN) is a cross-party special interest group of the Local Government Association which speaks, develops policy and shares best practice for the County family of local authorities, whether unitary or upper tier. At the CCN Annual Conference Rose Regeneration contributed to a session on Local Enterprise Partnerships. You can also download our paper (published by the Rural Services Network and RuSource) by following this link Search%20for%20growth...realising%20rural%20potential.pdf.
Growing a resilient green economy?
'Enabling the transition to a Green Economy' looks ahead to 2020 and maps out actions for Government and businesses. How ready is the East Midlands, in this time of austerity and uncertainty, to grasp these new opportunities to cut carbon, boost growth and create jobs? East Midlands Councils and Rose Regeneration organised an online debate on 15 November to discuss the 'Green Economy'. The debate was chaired by Mike Peverill, Climate Change Co-ordinator with Climate East Midlands. This was held on the Local Economic Growth Network (LEGN) knowledge hub platform: https://knowledgehub.local.gov.uk/group/localeconomicgrowthnetwork
The 3 Rs: Rural Services, Rural Communities, Rural Economies (8 December, Nottingham Business School)
Rose Regeneration held a series of one-day training courses intended to help participants understand the implications of current Government policy for rural communities; get to grips with ideas underpinning the Big Society and Localism; find and use key statistics to describe your rural area; and try out new and innovative approaches to tackling the issues around affordable housing and economic development. The first course took place on 8 December at Nottingham Business School. More information about the course is available here: Rose%20Rural%20Course%20Leaflet%20FINAL.pdf To book your place on a future course or if you would like us to deliver the course in-house, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
National Planning Policy Consultation
Rose Regeneration is a member of the 'Rural Sustainable Development Network', a group of established indpendent practitioners who specialise in delivering sustainable development in rural areas. We submitted a response to the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) draft NPPF consultation. A copy can be found here: NPPF%20Rural%20Sustainable%20Development%20Network%20Response%20October%202011.pdf.
A sustainable future for hill farming
The maintenance of the English Uplands' unique and precious landscapes depends upon supporting hill farming and ensuring that farmers have a future. Rose Regeneration is working with farmers in the North East of England to understand the opportunities and challenges that they face and to communicate these findings to policy and decision makers.
Getting to grips with the Localism Agenda - "Just Do It"
Localism aims to shift power from Westminster to communities and individuals for them to run their affairs locally. But what do 'assets of community value' and the 'right to challenge' contained in Government proposals actually mean? To get to the heart of these issues, "Just Do It" was an interactive workshop that Rose Regeneration delivered for Pennine Prospects at their Annual Conference. For further information about this event, and to receive copies of the PowerPoint and handout, please contact email@example.com.
The way ahead for public services - how does rurality affect delivery?
Rose Regeneration and Rural Innovation recently completed a project for the Rural Communities Policy Unit (RCPU) at Defra on the costs of delivering services in rural areas. This included an analysis of the distribution of expenditure across rural and urban areas, of funding formula and local service planning. The project focused upon schools, bus services, libraries and ICT, looking at the emerging challenges to service delivery and highlighting innovative and radical solutions. Please click here to download the report.
Supporting rural charities
Rose Regeneration is working with a rural charity in the East Midlands to review its strategic priorities and think about the implications of cuts in public expenditure, localism, community led planning and right to run. For more information on this work please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Seminar and Local Forum Programme - the changing face of the countryside
Rose Regeneration and the Rural Services Network (RSN), with support from Knight Frank, are running a programme of events looking at the future of public service delivery across rural England. Building upon the successful seminars held last year, this year's programme includes an event in seven regional locations coupled with forum discussions. Please click here to see the full brochure. To book a place any of the other events please contact Wendy Cooper at the RSN by email email@example.com
Yorkshire Dales Local Food Map Launch
Rose Regeneration, in consultation with the Yorkshire Dales LEADER Local Action Group and local communities, has mapped local food activities taking place across the Yorkshire Dales National Park and surrounding area. The Map highlights the scale of the local food offer and makes visible many of the benefits that it brings to people and places. It also includes a series of 'Action Plans' for community groups, producers and individuals looking for new ideas. This publication is the beginning of further LEADER involvement around local food. For more information about this work please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rural e-learning course and Toolkit
Over the last eighteen months, Rose Regeneration has been working with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to look at how the delivery of affordable housing in rural settlements of fewer than 3,000 residents can be increased. Using the findings of this work, the HCA has launched its first e-learning course and toolkit aimed specifically at those interested in or specialising in rural housing provision - including Local Authorities, Registered Providers and developers. Both tools offer participants the opportunity to learn about a range of topics including: land identification, planning, community-led housing, design and sustainability. The Tools and further information about the HCA's work on rural affordable housing is available on the HCA website.
'Sustainable Urban Fringes' (SURF) project and Parish Planning
Rose Regeneration was appointed by Bradford Metropolitan District Council to work with Haworth, Cross Roads & Stanbury Parish Council to review the existing Parish Plan and design a framework and process for the next Plan.
DWP Work Programme
Rose Regeneration and East Midlands Councils organised an online debate on 26 July to look at how/whether the WP can meet the Government's target of helping 2.4 million unemployed people find jobs over the next 5 years. The debate was chaired by David Kirkham (Nottinghamshire Employment & Skills Board and Nottinghamshire Fit for Work Programme). The debate was held on the Local Economic Growth Network (LEGN) knowledge hub platform: https://knowledgehub.local.gov.uk/group/localeconomicgrowthnetwork
Rural Planning Toolkit
Rose Regeneration was appointed by Leicestershire Rural Partnership (LRP) to help businesses, communities and planning professionals to think about the role of the planning system in the rural economy. This included the development of an interactive toolkit for planning officers, Members and applicants. For more information about this project please contact email@example.com
The Big Society - Little State
On 4 July Ivan Annibal presented a paper on the Big Society at a conference held at the University of Liverpool. The event looked at the impact of the Big Society on public, private and voluntary/community sectors. To receive a copy of the paper, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ninth Rural Entrepreneurship Conference
Rose Regeneration sponsored the Rural Entrepreneurship Conference which took place on 22-23 June at Nottingham Business School. Ivan Annibal presented a paper on the Big Society and Rural Insight Survey 2011; and chaired a session on sustainable rurality.
Rural Insight 2011 Survey
The Survey, undertaken by Rose Regeneration and Ruralcity Media (with support from the Rural Services Network), canvassed the views of more than 1300 rural residents and stakeholders across England. The Survey was launched at the RICS National Rural Conference at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, on 14 June. A copy of the Report can be downloaded from the Rural Insight website: http://www.ruralinsight.org.uk/ For more information about this work please contact Ivan by email email@example.com. This work has received press coverage from the Plunkett Foundation, Farmers Guardian, Worcester News and the Western Morning News.
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) - six months on
Rose Regeneration and East Midlands Councils hosted an online debate about LEPs on Tuesday 7 June. This was held on the Local Economic Growth Network (LEGN) knowledge hub platform: https://knowledgehub.local.gov.uk/group/localeconomicgrowthnetwork
Vulnerability of Scottish Local Authorities to Public Expenditure Cuts
This Research Briefing, prepared by Rose Regeneration and the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), highlights the key findings from a 'Vulnerability Index' of Scottish rural local authorities. The Index shows that both rural and urban authorities are vulnerable and that considerable variation exists between authorities in terms of the causes of vulnerability. This work received coverage in The Scottish Herald, Caithness Business Index, Dumfries & Galloway Standard, Farmers Guardian, Hebrides News, Stornoway Gazette, and Third Force News: the voice of Scotland's third sector .
Economic Conditions and Priorities in Worcester
Rose Regeneration has worked with Worcester City Council to assist them in making interventions to support the local economy in the short, medium and longer term. The project involved undertaking economic analysis; carrying out a policy/document review; consulting with key stakeholders from public, private and voluntary sectors; and producing a report setting out the main opportunities for the Council and businesses.
Understanding the capacity of Sheffield's rural economy
Sheffield City Council's 'Rural Communities Strategy 2010-2013' sets out what the Council will do to help rural residents and businesses access services. As a key action arising from the Strategy, Rose Regeneration worked with the Council to help it understand the capacity of Sheffield's rural economy and its links to the city economy.
Making the Most of Land and the Environment
Rose Regeneration and the Rural Services Network (RSN) held an event to look at the distinctive roles and opportunities that public sector organisations face in managing their local land holdings and landscapes. The event took place on Monday 11 April (10.30-4.30) at York St John University, York.
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been chosen to receive around £985,000 of European funding for fishing communities. Cornwall Development Company and shadow Cornwall Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) now have to decide how this funding could be used. Rose Regeneration carried out public consultations covering five fishing areas in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to identify themes and projects that communities would like to see funded.
Welsh Local Produce
Rose Regeneration is providing advice, mentoring and suport to a community run business in West Wales. This project is being delivered in partnership with CM International and aims to increase local employment, reduce food miles and create stronger links between land based businesses and the tourism offer in Pembrokeshire. For further information about the project - which runs until 2014 - please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yorkshire Dales Local Food Map
Rose Regeneration has worked with Craven CVS and the Yorkshire Dales LEADER Local Action Group to map local food activities taking place across the Yorkshire Dales National Park and surrounding area. The project included running workshops in the LEADER area; and producing a booklet to help communities build more robust and locally sustainable food systems.
Rose Regeneration worked with The Yorkshire & Humber Rural Network to deliver four interactive workshops on the Localism Bill. The events were open to any community group, support organisation, stakeholder or active community member across the region. The workshops explored the opportunities and challenges the Bill presents for frontline rural VCS groups.
Leicester Broadband Event
Rose Regeneration and the Rural Services Network (RSN) held an event to look at rural broadband. The event took place on 10 January (10.30-4.15) at Leicester Creative Business Depot. It included presentations on how IT could be used to join up public service delivery and examples of community broadband initiatives.
Flexible Community Development Service
Rose Regeneration has launched a 'Flexible Community Development Service'. This provides targeted support to charities, voluntary and community groups delivering projects and services. 'Flexible Community Development' are chargeable by the hour, with no long term commitment. The charge depends upon whether you require ad-hoc or more comprehensive support but starts from as little as £200 per day (or hourly equivalent).Perhaps you work for a Local Authority or community group, need some help but are not sure where Rose Regeneration can assist? Or, you have a task or project in mind and would like a no-strings chat around your potential requirements? Either way, please do get in touch by emailing email@example.com
Using Evidence - how academic research can inform public services
In March 2011, Rose Regeneration and the Rural Services Network held an 'academic network meeting'. The meeting took place at the University of Gloucestershire and include speakers from across the spectrum of rural service provision.
Rural Vulnerability Index
Rose Regeneration, in partnership with the Rural Services Network (RSN), has developed a 'Rural Vulnerability Index'. The RVI reveals a strange conundrum about rural places. It shows that the 'informal' economy is prevalent in rural England, with people trading and networking in ways which support each other outside of the traditional state. The index comprises the most up-to-date information available on wage levels, job seekers allowance claimants, the size of the workforce and the scale of public sector jobs. It shows that although many areas of rural England have the lowest wages, they also have the lowest levels of Job Seeker Allowance (JSA) claimants.
Business Support for Farmers
Ivan Annibal and Professor Gerard McElwee (Nottingham Business School) have published an article in the 'Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development'. The article looks at the culture of enterprise and innovation in farming businesses across rural England. To receive a copy of the article please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rethinking Public Service Delivery
A one-day training course to examine what "rural" means, investigate ways it can be measured and look at the opportunities and challenges presented amid public sector funding cuts and emerging thinking from the Coalition Government was held. The course took place at the University of London and was jointly delivered by Rose Regeneration and Birkbeck College. Delegates described how: "the opportunity to share experiences with course attendees was very helpful. It is always good to know that you are not alone in trying to push water uphill with a sieve, which is often what it feels like with the rural agenda" (Local Authority Officer); and "the day was enjoyable, interesting and has definitely increased my knowledge" (voluntary sector worker).
Fit for the Future Report published
This Report looked at the impact of the recession in the East Midlands and the valuable activities undertaken by local authorities and other stakeholders to mitigate its effects on communities and businesses. It includes a bank of good practice case studies such as 'planes, trains and automobiles' and 'backing Bassetlaw'.
Whose job is it anyway?
Rose Regeneration has identified high levels of public sector job dependency in rural England. The full press release can be downloaded here: Cameron%20County%20Press%20Release%20Background.pdf This work received media coverage on the South West Politics Show (43 minutes in) and in The Smallholder. Detailed profiles for each of the predominantly rural council areas were provided, including: Oxfordshire, Norfolk, Devon, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Suffolk, Somerset, North Yorkshire, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, County Durham, Cumbria, Wiltshire, Dorset, East Riding of Yorkshire, Northumberland, Shropshire, Cheshire East, North Somerset, Central Bedfordshire, Herefordshire, Isle of Wight, North Lincolnshire and Rutland.
Affordable Housing website
Rural areas are some of the least affordable places to live in the country. On behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Rose Regeneration supported the establishment of a website on rural housing. More information about the HCA's work on this topic can be found at the Rural Housing Information Centre.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) - County Farm success
Rose Regeneration has worked with Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust and community representatives in St Just to help them write a Business Plan for Bosavern Community Farm. Cornwall Council has now granted a long term tenancy to the group to develop their CSA scheme.
Undertaking a Local Economic Assessment –Supporting District Councils
Local Government Improvement & Development commissioned Rose Regeneration to develop a support package for District Councils for them to use to work with their colleagues at County level to ensure their local economic assessment includes an accurate and detailed picture of the local economy.
Helping business and communities beyond the recession
Rose Regeneration was appointed by East Midlands Councils to look at how 44 local authorities across the East Midlands region supported the people and communities that they serve through the recession.
Productivity and Place – Report Published
Rose Regeneration has successfully completed a project for the Local Government Association (LGA) looking at how to create sustainable communities in places, often in far flung corners of England, where there is a perceived lack of economic dynamism and where the impact of major cities is often remote.
Affordable Housing Tool
Working with Rural Innovation, Rose Regeneration was commissioned by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to develop and test a tool to measure the impact of affordable housing on the sustainability of rural communities.
Melton Mowbray Market – more than just a cattle market
Prospect Leicestershire employed Rose Regeneration to undertake an economic impact study of Melton Mowbray Market – demonstrating its contribution to the local, regional and national economy.
Employability and Skills in the North East
Working with Rocket Science, Rose Regeneration has undertaken a sectoral analysis and employer demand analysis for the 'Tyne & Wear City Region Skills Action Plan'.
“The Village Hub – Community Access and Information Points” Toolkit Launched
Rose Regeneration has successfully completed a project for three District Councils in Devon looking at how ICT can be used to deliver public services in small rural settlements. In addition to the Final Report, we have produced a Toolkit designed for local authorities, citizens and service providers who are interested in the “village hub” and considering doing something similar.
Local Food Audit
Pennine Prospects has commissioned Rose Regeneration to map local food clusters across the South Pennines area and produce a Final Report and Delivery Plan.
How are rural communities affected by public spending cuts?
With Rural Innovation, Rose Regeneration has supported Defra in assessing the impact of public spending cuts on rural service provision.
Economic Development Training Course for SEEDA staff
This month, Rose Regeneration and Rocket Science were appointed by the South East of England Development Agency (SEEDA) to develop and deliver a bespoke training programme on economic development for all their staff.