Remote Rural Retailing

A free seminar discussing the findings of three year’s action research around northern Europe, including the Highlands and Islands, is to be held in Inverness in September.

“Retail in Rural Regions” is a three year (2009-2011) transnational project funded under the EU Northern Periphery Programme and the Regional Development programme, with match funding in Scotland from Consumer Focus Scotland.

The overall objective of the “Retail in Rural Regions” is to support the survival, development and growth of rural shops. Participating regions are the northern parts of Finland and Ireland along with the Faroe Islands, Northern Ireland and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. There are also associate partners in Greenland and Norway. Partners in the project include academic institutions, local authorities and economic development agencies. The Scottish partner is the Community Retailing Network, which aims to support community-owned stores in Scotland.

“Retail in Rural Regions” dissemination seminar will take place in Inverness on Thursday 8 September 2011 in the Netley Conference Centre from 12.30 to 16.30. This is a free event open to anyone with an interest in the sustainability of rural retailing.

The Seminar will include a report on the project and inputs from the Merkur Programme for rural store support in Norway, the proposed Highlands & Islands Skillshop Retail Project, support available to community-owned stores in England & Wales, the training programme for community-owned stores in Scotland, concluding with an open forum.

Further details on the seminar can be obtained from: Tor Justad, “Retail in Rural Regions” Project Co-ordinator on 0774 870 3912 or e mail: tor.justad@co-operative.coop

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