Defra unveils £19m for rural business

More than 2,500 rural businesses are set to receive a share of a £19m government fund.

Specifically designed to boost the competitiveness of rural farming and forestry businesses. it is believed that the money will support around 5000 jobs across England.

Defra secretary Owen Paterson announced the funding ahead of the Great Yorkshire Show on Wednesday (9 July).

He said: "Small businesses are the cornerstone of the rural economy, supporting local jobs, people and entire communities.

"That's why the government is awarding £19 million to over 2,500 small farming and forestry businesses to enable them to thrive as part of our long-term economic plan.

"This will help them grow and prosper and support around 5000 jobs across England."

The funding is from the Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS), which is part of the CAP-funded Rural Development Programme for England.

Now it its third round, the funding has provided over £34m to help nearly 5,000 businesses and the rural economy.

Combined with £51m of industry funding, Defra estimates it will support around 10,000 jobs.

Examples of funding include £13,245 for a family-run woodworking business in North Yorkshire.

The business near Scarborough received £13,245 to buy a sawmill and cutting bench.

This allowed it to increase the range of wood products available for sale to other businesses - including joiners, cabinet makers and furniture makers.



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