For an entrepreneur, business growth is always exciting. But that doesn’t mean you need to live in a big city to flourish!
I’m a small-town English boy at heart, from rural Sussex. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to many places, live abroad, and build a successful company – The Cadman Capital Group. I’ve built and acquired this group of cohesive and complimentary companies over the years, and am thankful to be able to “set up shop” in Northamptonshire – about two hours north of London.
Watching the urban sprawl and decentralization happen not just in the UK but across the world, has led me to become exceptionally passionate about stimulating business growth in rural areas.
The strengthening of rural economies can help provide an improved quality of life while building upon local assets. Using smart growth strategies, rural communities’ business development can flourish, while maintaining their unique rural charm.
Our headquarters in Northamptonshire are close to home for most of our staff – and I can honestly say, being close to home makes people happier! Ideally, bringing businesses closer to home dials down commute times which in turn, makes people happier, want to produce better work, and they will stay with the company longer.
But the commute isn’t the only issue. It’s the trick of the trades – trade skills are exceptionally important to many businesses, especially in rural areas. One of the major positives of starting – and keeping – a business in rural areas is the abundance of trade knowledge in the community. Not everyone benefits from going to university and it should be noted that not everyone needs to go, but we will discuss this in a later blog.
The importance of stimulating growth in rural areas is a topic I am excited about exploring further and I look forward to sharing more, and hearing back from you. Please share your views and personal opinions on this topic in the comments section below!
Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies, operating in the international trade, retail, leisure, and investment markets. Learn more about Giles.