Evaluation of the Family Business Growth Programme as part of the Rural Growth Network

1 January 2013 - 1 January 2014

Awarded to: Professor  Matt Lobley

Sponsor(s): DEFRA

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Evaluation of the Family Business Growth Programme as part of the Rural Growth Network

About the project

The Family Business Growth Programme is a year-long pilot scheme which has received funding from the government's Rural Growth Network to support hundreds of rural family businesses that are vital to the regional economy. The initiative has been designed and managed by Clinton Devon Estates, in partnership with the University of Exeter, and gives family businesses from Devon and Somerset access to world-class training from the Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland – ranked among the world’s top business schools by the Financial Times. Twenty four representatives from professional firms and not-for-profit organisations in Devon and Somerset are among the first to participate in the programme which, if successful, could be rolled-out nationally next year.

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs