Funding to help rural & tourism businesses grow

The LEADER Programme

The LEADER programme is designed to promote business growth and stimulate job creation, particularly amongst micro and small businesses. Rural and tourism businesses across the Chilterns and Clay Vales can apply for grants worth up to £50,000 to help support their growth and sustainability. LEADER is focused on supporting farm diversification projects, forestry projects, tourism projects, rural services, and cultural and heritage projects. LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). 

Learn more about the LEADER Programme >

Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme

The RDPE Growth Programme supports projects that invest in building businesses, creating new jobs and growing the economy in rural areas. Grants of £35,000 or more are available to support food processing, business development and tourism infrastructure projects across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Learn more about the RDPE Growth Programme at this special event on April 18th at the Green Dragon Eco Centre >

Come and hear directly about these funding opportunities

Focus on Funding, 22nd March, Saunderton

Hear more about LEADER and RDPE grants at a free ‘Focus on Funding’ event that will put you in the room with numerous grant scheme representatives who can fill you in on the funding opportunities that you could be taking advantage of. The event takes place on Wednesday 22nd March in Saunderton, where LEADER and RDPE representatives will be joined by those from Enterprise Europe Network, Innovate UK, the Department for International Trade and UK Export Finance.

Book your free place now >

Funding for Rural Development, 18th April, near Quainton

This free workshop will highlight the RDPE and LEADER funding programmes together with details of other support available. Attendees will be able to find out the latest criteria and timeline for each programme, as well as get expert advice and guidance from the programme managers. The event takes place on Tuesday 18th April at the Green Dragon Eco Centre near Quainton.

Book your free place now >

Give your business a digital spark

Buckinghamshire Business First is running a series of events designed to show businesses the benefits they can reap by embracing digital technology.

The events include:

  • First steps into Digital – discover how your business can tap into digital and reap the rewards
  • Focus on Digital Marketing - this event presents an effective 8-stage process to making digital marketing work harder for your business
  • Business Leaders’ Dinner – this high level networking event focuses on digital with the President of Tech UK Jacqueline de Rojas
  • Breakfast Briefing on Social Media – this event will examine what businesses can achieve through utilisation of social media

Read all about these events and ensure you don’t miss out on a spot >

Be the first to know about useful funding & events

The best way to be the first to know about events and funding like this is to be a member of Buckinghamshire Business First, the business support organisation with nearly 10,000 members throughout the county.

It’s completely free to join. Find out more today >

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