Rural businesses in North & West Northamptonshire (N&WN) can apply for grants of £5,000 to £180,000.
Whether you are a farmer, grower, forester, publican, small shop owner, run a leisure business or a rural business of any kind, you could be eligible for a grant from the LEADER Programme.
The Programme is designed to promote business growth, particularly of micro and small businesses. It is focused on supporting; small rural companies, farm diversification projects, forestry projects, tourism projects, rural services and cultural and heritage projects.
Will Dallimore, LEADER Programme Manager, said:
“North & West Northamptonshire has a significant rural economy and the LEADER Programme will support activity that helps businesses grow, drawing on the unique characteristics of the area, while promoting the sustainable management of natural resources like woodlands. We are looking forward to working together with local businesses to support their growth and we want to encourage them get in touch to find out how we can help them.”
Rural businesses are becoming increasingly significant employers, accounting for almost 30% of all jobs in the UK. In fact, in the last decade or so rural areas have outperformed major urban cities, excluding London, on job creation.
The LEADER programme will build on these positive signs by helping the rural economy achieve further growth with its priorities of job creation and business development.
LEADER has rural businesses at heart, as anyone familiar with LEADER’s past successes will know. Whether it was supporting a canoe-hire business in Northamptonshire, helping a farmer in Aylesbury diversify, providing funding for a new tea room at a retail nursery and a cattery on an eco farm, or supporting a woodland management scheme in the Chilterns, LEADER has a track record of delivering results for rural businesses.
New success stories are waiting to be written, so get in touch with the team to find out if you are eligible for funding.
The dedicated team members will be handing out the grants and all bring great experience and passion to the project.
Give them a call today on 01494 927131