Rural areas in Yorkshire & Humber

Yorkshire & Humber has some of the most beautiful and diverse countryside in the UK. From the patchwork Dales to the open moors and pretty coastal towns and villages, over 80% of Yorkshire & Humber is rural.

But however attractive a rural area may appear from the outside, living and working there can bring its own challenges. Whilst the availability and uptake of transport, telecommunications, and business support in rural areas may be low, the influx of potential entrepreneurs provides major opportunities to be grasped.

Yorkshire Forward is working hard to ensure that people in rural areas aren’t prevented from accessing the same life opportunities as those in urban areas, and that they’re just as able to start and run a business.

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Market Towns in Yorkshire & Humber

Market Towns in Yorkshire & Humber

We support sustainable rural towns in Yorkshire and Humber. By working closely with local stakeholders, we’re ensuring that our rural towns remain places where people can easily live, work, visit and invest.

LEADER & RDPE

LEADER & RDPE

As part of our responsibility for delivering the European Community support in our region, Yorkshire Forward manages LEADER, part of the Rural Development Programme for England. LEADER brings together local stakeholders to decide on how best to develop their local rural area.

Great Yorkshire Show

Great Yorkshire Show

If you missed us at the Great Yorkshire Show this year here's how you can find out about the support available for rural businesses.

RDPE Community Broadband Grant scheme

RDPE Community Broadband Grant scheme

Click here for more information on our RDPE Community Broadband Grant scheme

Business Village

Use our business village to find out the wide range of FREE business advice and help available.