Development of a digital tool to overcome the challenges of rural food SMEs

Saskia van der Loo, Liang Chen, Peter Edwards, Jennifer Holden, Stavros Karamperidis, Martin J Kollingbaum, Angela C Marqui, John D Nelson, Timothy J Norman, Maja Piecyk, Edoardo Pignotti

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    It has been recognised that throughout the UK, rural economies have a significant potential for growth but despite the potential for growth, many rural businesses face barriers that prohibit their expansion. In this study, we focus on one particular group of rural small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): food and drink producers. Through user engagement activities, we identify the issues and needs associated with distributing products to the market, in order to understand the main issues which prevent rural food and drink SMEs from expansion, and to establish the requirements for a digital solution to this challenge.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)212-219
    Number of pages8
    JournalScottish Geographical Journal
    Issue number3-4
    Early online date3 Feb 2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015


    • rural geography
    • transport geography

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Earth-Surface Processes


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