£3m available to help rural businesses grow
RURAL firms are being encouraged to apply for a £3m scheme which could see them get cash to help their business grow.
Cheshire East Council, in partnership with neighbouring councils, has launched the Cheshire LEADER Programme, which aims to help create jobs and economic growth by providing funding for rural businesses looking to expand.
It’s part of the Rural Development Programme for England, funded by the EU, and is different to other funding programmes because it’s delivered locally rather than nationally, with decisions on where the money is spent made by a local action group of representatives, with the Macclesfield group chaired by Coun Rachel Bailey.
Cheshire East Council leader Michael Jones said: “LEADER is a unique and valuable funding stream for rural areas and the Cheshire LEADER team are delighted to be able to start working with potential applicants.”
The scheme will run until 2020. For more information or to see if you qualify go to cheshireleaderfund.co.uk or contact Sean Bell on sean.bell@cheshirewest andchester.gov.uk