Rural businesses across North & West Northamptonshire (N&WN), the Chilterns and the Clay Vales can now apply for grants to help support their growth and sustainability. The grants can be worth up to £50,000 in the Chilterns and Clay Vales or up to £100,000 in N&WN.
Ngage Solutions is working in partnership with the N&WN, Chilterns and Clay Vales LEADER Local Action Groups to deliver the funds which are part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), with the money made available through the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).
All three LEADER programmes are designed to promote business growth and stimulate job creation, particularly amongst micro and small businesses. They are focused on rural areas and their priorities are: supporting small and medium rural businesses; farm diversification projects; forestry projects; tourism projects; rural services; and cultural and heritage projects.
In the 2008-2013, LEADER programme projects delivered by Ngage were some of the most successful in the UK. 124 projects were awarded funding which in turn sustained 206 jobs, created 117 new jobs and helped launch 39 new businesses.