Characterising rural businesses - Tales from the paperman

Gary Bosworth*

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A case study of a self-termed 'rural business' is used to deconstruct the concept of a rural business and shed light on specific features of 'operating in a rural area' and 'serving a rural population'. Alongside 'selling a rural product', the paper claims that these make up three parameters for categorising rural businesses. Highlighting these unique or niche features of a rural business makes is possible to recognise values that extend beyond financial measures. As such, this research provides a mechanism to support rural policy aimed at delivering both economic and community development objectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-506
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Rural Studies
Issue number4
Early online date15 Sept 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


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