Rural-Urban Business Model Profile: Rural Service Hubs

Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins

Research output: Other contribution


Many rural areas struggle to support local services, from shops and banks to public offices. It is often not financially sustainable to replicate services across wide rural areas with small, dispersed populations and few economies of scale. However, centralising services in urban areas poses access challenges which can deepen rural-urban inequalities. Service hub models – where multiple services are co-located in the same space – can offer solutions for rural service provision and access. Service hubs are not a single business model, and may be for-profit, state sponsored or social enterprise. However, the co-location model aims to generate efficiencies and synergies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 03 Aug 2020


  • Rural services
  • Business models


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