Small Rural Firms in English Regions:

Analysis and Key findings from UK Longitudinal Small Business Survey, 2015

England’s rural firms have similar levels of turnover to their urban counterparts but are more
likely to report a profit. This finding emerges from our rural-urban analysis of 13,403 small firms in
England, including 3,555 rural firms, interviewed for the UK Small Business Survey in 2015. It cannot
be explained or attributed to oft-rehearsed differences between rural and urban economies, as the
analysis controls for differences in sectors, size, age and other business characteristics of rural and
urban areas.

Although rural and urban firms share many plans and expectations for future growth, rural firms are
significantly stronger exporters of goods and services, are more likely to have introduced new or
improved goods in their businesses, and are more able to secure external funds, especially for capital
investments in machinery and buildings, than businesses in urban England.

Small Rural Firms in England

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    Update - Small Rural Firms in English Regions Report Final September 2017_

    Update on final report