Rural businesses in Bolsover and NE Derbyshire districts to share £1m of funding

The Bolsover NE Derbyshire LEADER programme has put farming among its rural priorities to attract funding.
The Bolsover NE Derbyshire LEADER programme has put farming among its rural priorities to attract funding.

Rural businesses are being given the opportunity to access a share of £1million as the Bolsover North East Derbyshire LEADER programme launches its new funding programme.

Businesses such as farmers, tourism operators, community groups and forestry workers are urged to apply for grant funding to help them develop ideas for growth and jobs and boost the economy.

A launch event for the event, organised by Bolsover and NE Derbyshire District councils, is due to take place on November 16 at The Arkwright Centre, in Arkwright Town.

Over the next six years funding from Rural Development Programme for England will be ploughed into rural businesses to help them develop and increase productivity.

The LEADER programme has agreed six priorities to attract funding including increased farming productivity, support for micro and small enterprises and farm diversification, rural tourism, provision of rural services, support for cultural and heritage activity and increased forestry productivity.

Ken Savidge, Chair of the LEADER Local Action Group, said: “We all know how hard it is for rural businesses to survive, so I am delighted that we have been awarded this money to help and support them. We are very much a rural area, so businesses such as farms, forestry, tourism and culture play a significant role in our local economy and if we can provide the help and assistance a business needs to turn around their fortunes or put into place a new idea, then we will do all we can to make that become a reality.”

The programme funding will deliver grants using funding through the European Union and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Those wishing to attend the event can contact the LEADER team on 01246 217200 to register. Information will be available for alternative funding opportunities. For more details contact Richard Madin on 01246 217200 or visit www.bned-leader.co.uk.