In rural areas the local farm shop, pub or community group can provide a lifeline for so many people, yet stories of businesses struggling to survive and serve their communities are commonplace.

That is why it’s great to be able to let you know that a new round of LEADER project funding has been secured that aims to create jobs, develop rural businesses and generally support the rural economy. 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 the Clay Vales or up to £100,000 in North & West Northamptonshire.

Whether you are a farmer, grower, forester, publican, small shop owner, member of a community group, or run a rural business of any kind, you could be eligible for a LEADER grant.

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, delivered by Ngage Solutions, 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 people at heart, as anyone familiar with LEADER’s past successes will know. Whether it was helping a post office reopen, supporting a community group to purchase the freehold of its local pub, helping a farmer expand his meat processing unit in order to remain competitive, or enabling a florist to purchase a delivery vehicle and create a job, LEADER has a track record of delivering results for rural communities.

New success stories are waiting to be written, so get in touch with the team to find out if you are eligible for funding.

Let us introduce you to the dedicated team that will be handing out the grants: Mike Furness, Amber Kelly and Rowan Lawrance will be your points of contact, all bringing great experience and passion to the project.

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