Rural Business

The range and diversity of businesses in our area is a strength but we know rural enterprises need support to create better employment opportunities, to start a new business and increase productivity. We want to help micro and small businesses in all sectors and farm diversification projects achieve growth and long-term sustainability.

Our key sectors are:
• Local products, including food and drink;
• Creative Industries;
• Tourism

The types of projects we want to fund:

  • Support for new business start-ups: applications should look to extend the breadth and vitality of the rural economy and help improve the business start-up and survival rates in our area. We particularly want to support sustainable projects in the north west of the LAG;
  • Projects which encourage innovation and help existing businesses to grow;
  • Projects to add economic value to a farming enterprise through diversification;
  • Projects to improve routes to market for local products and strengthen the supply chain;

Projects which best use of underutilised assets, e.g. redundant buildings to provide affordable workspace are considered a lower priority by the LAG.

LAG Priority

Making Connections between Business and within the Economy and Making Connections within the Land Based Sector

Leader Priority

Support for micro and small businesses and farm diversification

Funding Available

Minimum grant approximately £5,000 Maximum grant approximately £140,000 to cover a maximum 40% of the project’s eligible costs.  Grants of between 60% and 75% may be available for non-profit making operations that will not generate an economic gain.

Who Can Apply?

All types of business can apply, including social enterprises, rural based micro and small businesses, people who want to start a business in a rural area that will employ people and / or farm businesses that want to diversify


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