Latest news

Here is the latest news, blogs, case studies and reports from the Rural Design Centre Innovation Project Team.

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‘Complete connection’ opens doors for Northumberland holiday firm

One award-winning rural business which knows first-hand the positive impact of quality broadband and its link to resilience is Laverock Law Cottages and Glamping, near Lowick in Northumberland.

Call for energy and legal experts

Opportunities for PV, energy storage and a community energy company now available

Innovation Challenge: Household Appliances

Calling organisations based in the North of Tyne who are working with household electrics and appliances.

Ad Gefrin Design Challenge Winners Announced

Glendale-based potter, Keith Webster, overall winner in Ad Gefrin's Design Challenge for his 'Meaningful Memento' - a small potter jug

Shortlist for Ad Gefrin Design Challenge announced

Northumberland based creative businesses one step closer to becoming part of new Northumbrian legacy

High attendance at conference for problem solving around rural issues

More than 175 businesses, community groups and academic representatives met in-person and virtually at The Alnwick Garden to problem solve issues facing rural areas at the first Rural Catalyst Conference.

Rural conference brings business and community together

Innovative businesses and rural community groups are invited to attend an event designed to shine a light on issues facing the rural economy.

Skills gap bridged with business support

Simonside founder Sarah Alcock has tapped into various support programmes available to businesses in the North East as well as plugging the digital skills gap in her own company to enable her business to grow even more.

Powerless People

It is estimated that over 350 households in Northumberland are not connected to the electricity grid. The majority of these households rely on oil generators to meet their basic electricity needs. Help us to bust some myths about living offgrid.

Ad Gefrin Design Challenge

Design Challenge aimed at creative Northumberland businesses has now launched! Local businesses offered the chance to pitch for a commission at new Wooler attraction.

Rural communities at heart of new support venture

A brand new project is launching in the North of Tyne region which will focus on identifying issues facing rural communities