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LEP Sector Group - Rural Economy

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The Local Enterprise Partnership’s Rural Economy Sector Group, set up in September 2011 is a highly effective network representing the interests of key organisations and companies including Thrings LLP, Smith & Williamson, Alvis Brothers/Lye Cross Farm Cheese, Yeo Valley and Marshfield Bakery. It also involves key organisations such as the CLA, NFU, FSB and the West of England Rural Network.

The Local Enterprise Partnership’s Sector Groups bring together business people from companies of all sizes across the supply chain to find ways to support businesses in their sector to grow and add value. Sector Groups deal directly with key concerns such as access to road networks, skills, broadband, bidding for and influencing public funding and investments. Sector Groups are open to anyone in the sector interested in assisting the sustainable growth of local businesses.

Some Key Facts on the West of England's Rural Economy sector:

•10,000 self employed
•7,000 work from home
•7,500 VAT registered
•11% of those employed in the West of England
•70% of the land area

Rural Economy sector chairperson: Chris Head

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