Government announces £120 million boost for rural businesses

Government announces £120 million boost for rural businesses

As a provider of heating oil, red diesel and LPG to thousands of rural customers, both domestic and commercial, we do our best to keep an ear to the ground on rural affairs. On the 4th of January 2017 at the Oxford Farming Conference, the British government announced £120 million of funding will be made available to UK rural business. Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said the money has been allocated to help farmers, grow rural businesses, and generate thousands of jobs. rural countryside farming Rural businesses such as shooting, fruit picking and farming will be able to apply for the next round of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme, which is in place to help existing companies grow, develop new products and access new markets. Examples given of businesses already benefiting from investment included the Biddenden fruit handling company in Kent. It received £70,000 to install new equipment which led to a new line in products and three new jobs. Carvannel Free Range Dairy Ltd in Cornwall received over £80,000 to develop a new milk processing factory and diversify it’s product range.

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said:

“A quarter of England’s businesses are based in the countryside and this funding will give rural start-ups, family-run businesses and farmers looking to diversify the boost they need. The RDPE has already supported a range of projects, from installing cutting-edge equipment to restoring flood plains, and the next round will help create more jobs, sell more products and help us access new markets”. Flood action facilitation fund will see an investment of £720,000 to encourage farmers, foresters and other land managers to develop natural flood defences. Farmers and land managers are also encouraged to apply for funding to support woodland creation and the long-term management of forests. For more articles on industry news click here.