Entrepreneurial in-migrants and economic development in rural England

Bosworth, Gary (2008) Entrepreneurial in-migrants and economic development in rural England. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 6 (3). pp. 355-369. ISSN UNSPECIFIED

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJESB.2008.019132

Abstract

Counterurbanisation has generally been viewed as a negative phenomenon, but Stockdale and Findlay (2004) presented rural in-migration as potentially “a catalyst for economic regeneration” based on in-migrants’ business activity. More than half of rural microbusinesses in the North-East of England are owned by in-migrants and provide an estimated 10% of jobs in the rural North-East (Bosworth, 2006).

In the light of these new drivers of rural development, exogenous and endogenous approaches alone are increasingly inadequate (Lowe et al., 1995; Murdoch, 2000; Terluin, 2003). Ray instead proposed Neo-Endogenous Development, defined as “endogenous based development in which extra-local factors are recognised as essential but which retains belief in the potential of local areas to shape their future” (2001, p.4).

Preliminary research suggests that in-migrants tend to retain more extensive business networks while developing valuable local contacts (Bosworth, 2006). As endogenous actors with diverse networks, in-migrants are well placed to strengthen connectivity with the ‘extra-local’ and introduce new vitality to rural economies.

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Additional Information:Counterurbanisation has generally been viewed as a negative phenomenon, but Stockdale and Findlay (2004) presented rural in-migration as potentially “a catalyst for economic regeneration” based on in-migrants’ business activity. More than half of rural microbusinesses in the North-East of England are owned by in-migrants and provide an estimated 10% of jobs in the rural North-East (Bosworth, 2006). In the light of these new drivers of rural development, exogenous and endogenous approaches alone are increasingly inadequate (Lowe et al., 1995; Murdoch, 2000; Terluin, 2003). Ray instead proposed Neo-Endogenous Development, defined as “endogenous based development in which extra-local factors are recognised as essential but which retains belief in the potential of local areas to shape their future” (2001, p.4). Preliminary research suggests that in-migrants tend to retain more extensive business networks while developing valuable local contacts (Bosworth, 2006). As endogenous actors with diverse networks, in-migrants are well placed to strengthen connectivity with the ‘extra-local’ and introduce new vitality to rural economies.
Keywords:Counterurbanisation, Economic development, Rural economy, North East England, rural in-migration, Rural entrepreneurship
Subjects:L Social studies > L721 Economic Geography
N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Business School
ID Code:2424
Deposited By: Gary Bosworth
Deposited On:09 Jun 2010 13:48
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:23

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