Tuesday, 10 July 2007 01:00

£1.6m for business in rural north-east

Written by  Ruralcity Media

ImageMore than £1.6 million has been paid out since One NorthEast took on Defra’s rural development programme in north-east England.

Over 114 rural businesses and organisations have benefited since October 2006 when the regional development agency took control of funding to support a variety of projects ranging from rural diversification to tourism.

Frances Rowe, the agency’s rural manager, said funding applications had exceeded expectations.

Claims had been handled sensibly and pragmatically following the transfer of responsibility, she added.

As part of Defra’s modernising rural delivery programme, One NorthEast acquired additional responsibilities to deliver socio-economic funding under the Rural Development Programme for England 2007-2013.

The changes aim to ensure support is delivered more efficiently.

A new development programme was due to be launched in January 2007 but delays at a national level about budgets prompted One NorthEast to set up interim arrangements.

The Agency’s European Rural Development Team is offering a facility for informal discussion about investment ideas along with signposting to other sources of funding and advice.

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