It can be wrongly assumed that the rural economy is all about agriculture or land-based activities. However, in practice, the rural economy is much more diverse.
The North of Tyne region has significant untapped innovation potential and the aim of this project is to bring together a wide range of communities, local businesses and organisations to develop new products, solutions and services that can further support the development and progression of the rural economy in the North East of England.
We aim to support local small and medium businesses and organisations in the development of a new product or service, based on one of our Innovation Challenges.
Each challenge will focus on a different issue faced by rural communities, so there will be opportunity for many different types of organisations to get involved.