Rural Social Enterprise Programme (RSEP):


MAR, 2017


Rural Social Enterprise Programme (RSEP): Business Development Managers’ Learning Report (for the Community Transport Association/Department for Transport, 2012)

As part of a wider conservation management plan for the popular Upper Derwent Valley in the Peak District National Park, the study involved examining day to day use of the main visitor centre through comprehensive survey work. It looked at the nature and motivation of people’s visits, modes of travel, attitudes to the national park, spending behaviour, etc, as well as an audit of the recreational choices available in and around the location (paths and trails, events, courses, facilities for different user groups and possible areas of conflict).

RESP Minibus

RSEP Minibus.

Photograph by Andrew McCloy

Part-funded by the Department for Transport, the Rural Social Enterprise Programme (RSEP) looked at how community transport organisations in rural areas could become more entrepreneurial and develop stronger business models, while at the same time continuing to provide a lifeline for those in countryside communities who are disadvantaged or struggle to access conventional public transport.

“A lifeline for those in countryside communities who are disadvantaged or struggle to access conventional public transport”

Business development managers looked at new and cutting edge services, including running demand responsive minibus services and taking over rural bus routes for isolated rural communities.

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