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Leader Funding – Possible Financial Support for Rural Businesses

What is LEADER? LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), a much larger European-wide development scheme. LEADER is a French acronym which roughly translates as ‘Liaison among Actors in Rural Economic Development’. LEADER funding is available to … [Continue reading...]

Heath Stores, Horsmonden, Kent

Heath Stores in Horsmonden, Kent – Case Study

Fusing a Convenience Store with a Farm Shop Two life-long scientists might not be top of the list of contenders for ‘successful rural shop keeper’. But in just three years, Andrew and Kate Mills have not only quadrupled the turnover at Heath Stores in Horsmonden in rural Kent … [Continue reading...]

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Consultation with Devon & Cornwall Rural Shops on Low Pay

The Rural Shops Alliance (RSA) is working with the Low Pay Commission in setting up a consultation event in the Plymouth area on the 11th or 12th June. We wish to recruit some rural shops from … Continued reading


RSA Submission to Government for Evidence on Lotteries

RSA SUBMISSION: CALL BY THE DEPT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT FOR EVIDENCE ON LOTTERIES INTRODUCTION The Rural Shops Alliance is a retail trade association representing the views of retailers … Continued reading

Best Small Shops Competition

Best Small Shop Competition

The search for the best small shop in the UK has been launched today as part of a competition organised by the All Party Small Shops Group. Speaking at the launch, Chairman Simon Danczuk MP said: … Continued reading

12 Days of Chrstmas Video

Barns Green Village Store’s “12 days of Christmas”

The Rural Shops Alliance (RSA) are always interested to see how Rural Shops are marketing themselves within their local communities and wider afield and how they get over the message in new and … Continued reading

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