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The Contribution of Social Enterprises to Rural Economies and Communities, (2003)

For DEFRA

The project assessed the social and economic impact of social enterprises to rural economies and communities in Devon. A secondary objective was to develop and refine a methodology that can be used as an impact assessment tool by academics and policy makers at a national level. In particular, the research examined social enterprises that are involved in the following key areas: community shops, credit unions, rural transport, agricultural input and produce marketing, machinery rings and co-operatives, improving access of producers to the food chain, protecting the rural environment, bio-diversity and heritage, provision of training, health and child care, community centres, and affordable housing.

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