There has never been a more important time for being more proactive about keeping your rural business centre tenants sweet. We see too many landlords burying their heads in the sand and taking the view that no news is good news. The prospect of loss of rent and empty building rates could be just around the corner if landlords are not careful. The attitude of business in many rural business centres has changed since those helicon days of the mid noughties; gone is the seduction of a fine view, plentiful car parking and a traffic free journey to work. It’s all about the bottom line, even if business is going well!

A cursory question of ‘how’s business?’ once a month will always be met with a, ‘it’s just fine’ – if as a landlord you see this as understanding your tenants, then you are wrong.

To find out more about how to approach and interact better with your business tenants, contact Rural Solutions; the country’s leading rural planning and development specialist, who has conducted research with the help of Lancaster University and its own program of rural business centres workshops to look at this very subject.

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