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Boost for rural businesses

Herefordshire Council has been offered just over £2 million from the European Union and Defra for a 5 year programme to create jobs and support small businesses in the rural parishes of Herefordshire.

The LEADER programme, which will be overseen by a local action group, will be used to support small businesses that are a fundamental part of the Herefordshire economy.  Around 40% of total costs will be available to support small and micro businesses in the county, and will also cover farming, rural tourism, heritage, culture, forestry and rural services.

Councillor Tony Johnson, the leader of Herefordshire Council said, “We are delighted that Herefordshire’s bid for LEADER funding has again been successful and that new and existing rural businesses will benefit as a result”.

The programme is due to start in the summer and full details about eligible projects and how to apply will be publicised nearer the time.  To find out more please contact Dawn Turner on 01432 383023.

Tags: Business and economy, Community and living