Roger Turner is an independent consultant working to improve evidence, insight and action for rural economies. He has 40 years’ experience of management, advice, analysis, representation and policy development for Britain’s rural areas, with notable employment at the NFU, RSPB, Countryside Agency and Commission for Rural Communities.
He is an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University
Roger Turner is an independent consultant working to improve evidence, insight and action for rural economies. He has 40 years’ experience of management, advice, analysis, representation and policy development for Britain’s rural areas, with notable employment at the NFU, RSPB, Countryside Agency and Commission for Rural Communities. Roger has written, edited, and commissioned numerous studies, reports and papers on the nature, needs and potential of UK’s rural economies and land use. He has worked hard and successfully to build relations between policy, business, academic and rural leaders and bodies, and seeks to promote knowledge exchange on rural economies across the UK. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University.
Rural business aspirations, obstacles and support: an analysis of the Longitudinal Small Business Survey 2015 Research Paper No. 58
Published: 22 March 2017
A rural-urban analysis of the UK’s Governments Longitudinal Small Business Survey (LSBS) responses for 2015 has been undertaken to understand spatial variations in performance and uptake of external support services. The analysis is based on 15,500 survey responses from across the UK and uses official rural-urban classifications. Approximately 28 per cent of survey responses to the LSBS are classified as rural. Within the rural context, conclusions relating to growth have previously been hampered by difficulties in separating out whether rural location has a distinctive effect or whether spatial variations in business performance reflects differences in size, sector and age of business. Therefore this analysis used Propensity Score Matching (PSM) to control for these and other profile variables, allowing for an assessment of rural effects on business performance.
Out of the shadows: Growth from non-farm rural enterprises: ERC Evidence White Paper No. 10
Published: 4 September 2014
This White Paper contains summaries of presentations given at a workshop on rural, non-farm enterprise supported by the Enterprise Research Centre and hosted at Aston Business School on 27th February 2014. The final contribution by Roger Turner, who co-ordinated the event for ERC, provides a summary of the discussions from the day and some of the issues which arose.
The Enterprise Research Centre has a dual objective: to carry out leading- edge research on small business growth and development and to ensure that where evidence does exist it is made available as widely as possible. The ‘Out of the Shadows’ event was linked to the second objective, and brought together academics and other researchers conducting research on rural business development with those formulating policy for and directly supporting rural enterprises.
The ERC is grateful to all of the contributors for their input at the ‘Out of the Shadows’ event and their permission to include material in this summary report.