Communities and Business


Innovative broadband pilots are a good first step

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance (CA) welcomes the Government’s confirmation today (9 February 2015) that seven pilot projects are on track to bring superfast broadband to the most difficult to connect communities in the UK. The Government aims to provide  speeds of 24Mbps to 95% of the UK by 2017 and two million more homes and businesses…

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Chief Constable Simon Prince writes exclusively for our magazine on rural crime

| Campaigns, Communities and Business

Chief Constable Simon Prince of Dyfed-Powys police is the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) lead on wildlife and rural crime. He has written exclusively for our Autumn magazine about rural crime and working together to tackle it through initiatives such as Farmwatch and via the National Rural Crime Network, of which the Countryside Alliance…

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‘NatWest everywoman Award’ winner encouraging rural businesswomen

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Events and Competitions, Prizes and Competitions

In late 2013 Mandy Scott, Managing Director of AA Flags, the international bespoke flag manufacturers based in County Durham, won the NatWest everywoman rural award, which the Countryside Alliance supports. We have spoken to Mandy about what the experience has meant, how business is going and why other female rural entrepreneurs should put themselves forward…

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A campaigning year in 2014

| Campaigns, Communities and Business

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: A very Happy New Year to all members and supporters. We emerge from 2013 wind and rain lashed but in good spirits, with plenty to do and to look forward to in 2014. I am keen to give you a brief overview of our year ahead and urge…

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Independent Shale Gas Report published

| Campaigns, Communities and Business

The Government must protect the countryside and reassure the public over the exploration and development of shale oil and gas. Funding, oversight and research are needed to ensure that shale gas extraction does not cause irrevocable damage to the countryside and rural communities, says the Countryside Alliance. The Alliance has today (25 November) released an…

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Major review of UK digital communications

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance welcomes a major review of the UK’s digital communications markets, announced today (12 March) by Ofcom. Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah Lee said: “This review is the first in a decade. The Alliance has long been concerned that the current market creates a communications monopoly which is not good for competition…

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