The project has resulted in strong multi-sector partnerships between public and private sector organisations from the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Each of these densely populated NW European countries faces a similar challenge: what is the best way to stimulate urban-rural interaction? The answer lies in cross-sector cooperation between a variety of stakeholders. To ensure a representative split, we always involve 4 different types of stakeholders: 

Regionally based socio-economic network organisations: experts in building cross-sector relationships and networks. Most are public/private organisations already working to link urban and rural networks. They contribute valuable experience of the dynamics of building networks

  • Rurant, platform for rural development in the province of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Leisure Development Office Brabant (Vrijetijdshuis Brabant), the Netherlands
  • Eindhoven Region (SRE), the Netherlands
  • Greendomain Wasven, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
  • Agricultural Innovation Brabant (LIB), the Netherlands
  • Greening the Gateway Kent and Medway (GGKM), UK
  • Spessart Regional, Germany
  • Main Äppelhaus Orchard Centre, Frankfurt, Germany

Organisations from the corporate sector: contribute know-how on innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Regional and city authorities: have the necessary skills to develop regional strategies and transform them into policies.  

  • City of Antwerp, Belgium
  • City of Leuven, Belgium
  • City of Mechelen, Belgium
  • City of Turnhout, Belgium
  • Province of Noord Brabant, the Netherlands • St. Helens Council, UK

Universities: experts in a wealth of complementary disciplines and offer partners a range of tools to help them develop their PURE hubs strategy.  

  • Applied Plant Research Centre (PPO); Wageningen University & Research Centre, the Netherlands
  • University of Applied Sciences HAS Den Bosch, the Netherlands
  • University of Liverpool, UK