07 Dec 05 - The Knowledge Economy and Rural Development



Northern Rural Network
Wednesday, 7th December 2005

The Knowledge Economy and Rural Development
Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope
 

 
Morning Session

09.45
Welcome & Introductions

10.00
Building a Knowledge Economy – Conclusions from the Co. Durham Conference at Beamish Hall and their relevance to rural economies
John Banks, Durham CC

10.15
Keynote Address
Ray Hudson, Durham University

11.00
Refreshments

11.20
What measures are needed for a knowledge based economy to flourish in the Durham Dales : The views of four local entrepreneurs focusing on business support/networks, skills and infrastructure

Kevyn Smith, KSA Management Consultants
Paul Allison, Sherburn Stone
Maureen Stanton, On-Net Connections
Kath Toward, Herdship

Discussion

12.30
Lunch
 
 

Afternoon Session

13.30

The West Durham Rural Pathfinder: A Progress Report
Dorothy Gibson, WDRP Facilitator

14.00
Public policy and provision to support the development of the Knowledge Economy, with particular reference to West Durham

Business support/networks - Shaun Stuart, Teesdale Enterprise Agency
Skills - Andy Leitch, TWVLP   
Infrastructure - Alan Hodgson, Durham CC


14.45
Refreshments

15.00
Facilitated discussion: How can the delivery of public services be better integrated to improve the prospects for the emergence of a knowledge based economy in the Durham Dales and how can the Pathfinder accelerate this process
Rob Hindle, Rural Innovations

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