£3m avail­able to help ru­ral busi­nesses grow

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

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

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