Rural Businesses: How to Compete With Your Rivals in the City

December 21, 2014

SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises) are not the only businesses fighting for survival in the countryside—rural areas house businesses big and small. Although there are higher numbers of SMEs in rural areas according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the problems that plague rural businesses plague all rural businesses, not just SMEs.

UK businesses big and small have trouble competing with their rivals in London and other population centres—they face challenges related to insufficient business support, a lack of online engagement and low recruitment numbers. But these challenges do not successfully squash rural businesses. In fact, the number of businesses per head of population is higher in predominantly rural areas than in predominantly urban areas, according to the ONS. Despite the challenges, businesses can thrive in the countryside. Heeding the following guidance can help your business compete with and even overtake your rivals in the big city:

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