Devon County Council is looking to engage with rural micro businesses (fewer than 10 employees) to find out what might be preventing them from boosting their productivity and what could help. Health and social care businesses are one of four key sectors which are at the centre of the study.
The ‘Engaging Rural Micros’ project initially aims to speak to over 100 micro businesses in Mid and North Devon, through short surveys, conversations, focus groups and other research.
The project findings will inform the design of a new trial to help prepare businesses to embrace development opportunities. The project is focussed around basic level support, how best to engage with businesses, and the interaction between a business owner’s personal life, and running a small business.