Rural economies as with their urban counterparts are complex and
multi-layered. The commonality of rural issues, such as an ageing
catchment population, higher living costs and poorer quality
business infrastructure, has driven increasing collaboration
between market towns and their hinterlands.
Rural communities often have a deep-rooted sense of local
community cohesion, and have been the test-bed for a range of
innovative partnership working.
GENECON has been at the forefront of the rural regeneration
agenda, including our pioneering work on Yorkshire's Renaissance
Market Towns programme and innovative support to rural economic
development strategy preparation in the North East, North West and
in Kent. We have established and supported rural and market town
delivery partnerships and evaluated a range of rural policy