Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Rural Northumberland has untapped potential - our rural economy conference discusses ways to bring about change

Last Thursday over 70 key drivers of the rural economy gathered in Hexham to listen to and question the rural economy Minister, Rory Stewart, MP.
The historic Hadrian’s Wall, Hexham Abbey and Northumberland National Park were just some assets a new approach and possible new enterprise zone should aim to capitalise on, the Cumbrian MP said as he stressed he was receptive to any amount of innovative ideas. We also heard from key employers like Egger and Northumbria Water, the National Park's new chair Glen Sanderson, and exponents of the need for rural enterprise zones.
Speaking at a conference on the rural economy in Hexham organised by MP Guy Opperman, Rory particularly stressed opportunities in forestry, biodiversity and green energy development. Full story here: