Here to help your rural business meet its digital potential

The Amazon Rural Academy offers practical support to help small rural businesses, artisans and tech start-ups succeed in the digital economy. Over two days, rural businesses will get practical ‘how to’ advice on using e-commerce to enhance their customer experience, boost revenue, improve productivity, and increase their exports.

Rural businesses will also hear from entrepreneurs and small businesses who have found success online, offering their advice based on their own experiences of how to harness the power of the internet and technology to boost revenue without having to move operations out of rural areas.

Amazon have also invited winners of the Rural Business Awards to attend and tell their success stories, and Rural England will be hosting a round-table discussion on their research into how to unlock the digital potential of rural areas in the UK.

Workshops will include:

  • How rural businesses can grow revenue online and manage logistics through Amazon Marketplace
  • How rural artisans and craft experts can take their creations global through Amazon Handmade
  • How rural businesses and organisations can reach customers and communities through Alexa, Amazon’s new cloud-based voice service

Timetable | Wednesday

11:00 – 11:30
How I Made It: In Conversation With Winners of the Rural Business Awards
11:45 – 12:15
Unlocking Rural UK’s Digital Potential. It’s Still Day One. (Presented by Doug Gurr in Keynote Theatre One)
13:15 – 13:45
Amazon Marketplace for Beginners: How Rural Businesses Can Grow Their Business Online
14:00 – 14:30
Amazon Handmade: Exporting Rural Craft Around the World
14:45 – 15:15
Specialist Amazon Marketplace Workshop – How to Sell Non-Perishable Food Around the World
15:30 – 16:00
Amazon Handmade: Exporting Rural Craft Around the World
16:15 – 16:45
Advanced Amazon Marketplace Workshop for Existing Rural Sellers

Timetable | Thursday

11:00 – 11:30
Panel Discussion: Unlocking Rural UK’s Digital Potential
11:45 – 12:15
Meet the Rural Entrepreneurs Who’ve Found Online Success
13:15 – 13:45
Amazon Marketplace for Beginners: How Rural Businesses Can Grow Their Business Online
14:00 – 14:30
Meet Alexa – Amazon’s New Voice Service That’s Open for Rural Businesses
14:45 – 15:15
Advanced Amazon Marketplace Workshop for Existing Sellers
15:30 – 16:00
Meet Alexa – Amazon’s New Voice Service That’s Open for Rural Businesses