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The National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) exists to foster rural enterprise. It aims to unlock the potential in the UK’s rural economies.

What does NICRE do?

We focus on three interconnecting activities. 

  1. We fill gaps in our current knowledge of rural enterprise and innovation. We achieve this by undertaking and commissioning new research.
  2. We develop practical solutions with businesses, rural communities and economic development agencies. They show new approaches to rural innovation that we can scale up to solve problems and realise new opportunities.
  3. We provide evidence to influence better policy and support for rural businesses. 

Enabling rural enterprise and innovation

More than just research, NICRE will aim to make a practical difference

It will achieve this by: 

  • helping to overturn barriers to rural productivity and seize opportunities
  • supporting and championing innovation and enterprise in rural areas 
  • tackling society’s grand challenges and fostering resilient and sustainable rural economies
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Combining expertise and achieving more, together

NICRE is a hub of research excellence, outreach and impact. It brings together the strengths of its founding Higher Education partners.

What are we aiming to change?

Research England  funds NICRE and its founding University partners.