Rural Development Team

The Rural Development Team works with public, private and voluntary sector organisations to create diverse, thriving and sustainable rural communities and to assist our rural areas in contributing towards Staffordshire’s economic growth.

Staffordshire Rural Economy Evidence Base

Staffordshire County Council, on behalf of the Staffordshire Rural Forum, commissioned a study to provide evidence on the performance, challenges, barriers and opportunities for economic growth in rural Staffordshire.

The document focuses on the local authority districts and boroughs within Staffordshire which central government (Defra) have identified as being rural. The analysis also includes short profiles of five rural ‘hub towns’, which Defra have identified as being well-placed to provide services to the residents of nearby rural areas.

PDF Document Staffordshire Rural Economy Evidence Base – Executive Summary (635kb)

PDF Document Staffordshire Rural Economy Evidence Base – Final Report (7.4mb)


Staffordshire Hub Town Profiles:

PDF Document Cheadle Hub Town Profile (1.7mb)

PDF Document Leek Hub Town Profile (1.8mb)

PDF Document Rugeley Hub Town Profile (1.8mb)

PDF Document Stone Hub Town Profile (1.7mb)

PDF Document Uttoxeter Hub Town Profile (1.8mb)


For further information please contact:

Ruth Shufflebotham,
Rural Development Officer
Tel: (01785) 277358


A Review of the Agri-food Economy of Staffordshire

The aim of this research was to gain an overview of the breadth of Staffordshire’s agri-food landscape and its value to the economy whilst also identifying sustainable growth opportunities in order to maximise social, environmental and economic benefits

PDF Document Staffordshire Agri-food Economy Review - Final Report (1.4mb)

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