Newcastle University Business School

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Rural Entrepreneurship Conference 2017

The 15th Rural Entrepreneurship Conference will take place at Newcastle University Business School.

Date/Time: Wednesday 14 - Friday 16 June 2017

Venue: Newcastle University Business School

The conference is a forum for academics, practitioners and policy-makers that are involved in rural entrepreneurship. Key themese for the events include:  

  • rural social enterprise
  • farming entrepreneurship
  • international rural entrepreneurship
  • rural development
  • innovation and Universities

A workshop which will look at where rural enterprise fits within the new industrial strategy is also scheduled for Friday afternoon. 

Outline Programme

Wednesday 14 June

19.00 – 21.00       

Informal drinks reception (nibbles and drink), partners room (8th floor)


Welcome from Professor Rob Wilson (KITE) and Professor Jeremy Phillipson (CRE)

Thursday 15 June

09.00 - 11.00     

Registration in Reception of the Business School

09.30 - 10.30

Opening welcome and plenary session:
Keynote speaker: Professor Sally Shortall: "Rural entrepreneurship and women: does gender matter?"

10.30 - 11.00     

Coffee break

11.00 - 12.30     

Parallel track sessions

12.30 - 13.15     


13.15 - 17:30     

Parallel track session

18.30 - 22.00     

Gala dinner: Blackfriars Medieval Banquet hall (city centre)

Friday 16 June

08.00 – 9.00       

Breakfast sponsored by INNOGROW

09.00 - 10.30     

Parallel track sessions

10.30 -  11:00    

Coffee break

11.00 - 12.30     

Parallel track sessions

12:30  - 13:15    


13.15 - 15.30     

Workshop on Rural enterprise and the Industrial Strategy
Featuring an invited panel of local businesses and policymakers



Conference fee: £220

PhD £150

Gala Dinner 

The Gala dinner will take place on the evening of the 15 June and is being held this year in the medieval banquet hall at Blackfriars Restaurant in the heart of the city. The Gala dinner will be £30.00 and guests are welcome.


We have arranged subsidised accommodation with the Newcastle-Gateshead convention centre: click here to book accommodation

We look forward to seeing you in Newcastle for Rural Entrepreneurship 15.