Anglia Rural Consultants (ARC)
2030 Vision for the East of England Rural Economy
ARC will support businesses to achieve the vision by integrating and developing economic, social and environmental priorities and objectives for clients to achieve sustainable development.
These are compounded by differences in the rural economy and population growth between the north and south of the region; from the North Norfolk coast to the South Essex countryside, from the most remote rural areas to the most heavily populated.
The ARC 2030 Vision for the East of England recognises the multiple pressures that those who live and work in rural communities will face.
Rural enterprises play an important economic role. They contribute to our national prosperity and wellbeing but are often a blind spot within government rural and wider economic development policies.
This Vision responds to a number of key challenges and opportunities facing the rural economy.
By supporting rural businesses with advice and peer to peer support responding to the needs and challenges they face in the post-Brexit/Covid-19 era to advance resilience and recovery.
By ensuring that skills needs are identified, and training is provided accordingly, utilising a variety of methods to ensure new knowledge and skills are embedded fully ensuring that business and personal development are achieved.
By enabling access to innovative sources of finance.
By identifying new markets to develop and enhance local supply chains and networks.
By promoting opportunities to develop and market tourism proposals, including environmental tourism, outside the region’s traditional tourism locations.
By promoting and facilitating agri-technology which supports the Government’s UK target of zero carbon by 2050.
By promoting innovative uses of recyclable raw materials for modern-day use.
By providing training to support farm production and the development of supply chains.
The promotion of live/work units and shared occupancy workspaces for small and start-up businesses.
By establishing collaborative community food plans to help inform and implement national food strategies and meet the different needs of communities around the UK.
By improving water storage and management, to create sustainable resources.
By reducing pollution by supporting new technologies.
By supporting and promoting environmental measures as a core theme within all business’ development activities.
By supporting measures which enable land users to collaborate and mitigate against carbon and climate change.
By supporting research, development and the uptake of innovation and technologies.
ARC supports the development of the rural economy by working in partnership with organisations who are leaders in their field, to develop projects which will drive forward rural businesses in the East of England.
Providing sustainability appraisals using methodology, processes including benchmarking and local knowledge.
Carrying out rural proofing to assess the impacts of policies on rural economies within for local and regional strategy decision-makers.
Helping develop and deliver future rural strategies.
Providing expertise and advocacy.
Providing mentoring, support and training.