Below you will find a list of useful websites and organisations:
LEADER' is a European Union initiative for assisting rural communities to improve the quality of life and economic prosperity in their local area. It was introduced as a 'Community initiative' financed under the EU Structural Funds. LEADER is now part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), which is administered by the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).http://www.rdpenetwork.defra.gov.uk/rdpe-delivery/local-action-groups
The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is part of Solutions for Business, the government's package of publicly funded business support designed to help companies start and grow.
Your gateway to all the Solutions for Business Services is Business Link, where experienced advisers help match your organisation's needs to the most appropriate forms of support available.
A website providing small business owners with access to a range of experienced mentors. The initiative is a replacement for the face-to-face services provided by Business Link, which is in the process of being wound down by the Government. Mentorsme connects companies with mentoring organisations that can support and guide their growth.
The scheme, managed by Barclays Bank, HSBC, Lloyds, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Santander, is aimed at both start-up businesses and more established firms with growth plans. It aims to help those struggling with common hurdles such as finance and marketing. http://www.mentorsme.co.uk
Who can apply?
Farmers/Land Based Businesses
Funding will support farm diversification projects that keep vital services, skills, and money within the rural economy.
Funding will support your set up and growth. A micro-business is an enterprise with less than 10 employees and less than two million Euros annual turnover.
Funding will support schemes to broaden community involvement within the natural and cultural heritage and tourism sectors,
To check that your project is located within the Wash Fens Rural Development Programme, please type your postcode in the box below: