Businesses in rural areas now have a number of different routes to find support for their growth ambitions. Funding from both the government and the EU is still available through a range of bespoke and general support programmes operated locally through local authorities, Chambers of Commerce and other organisations. It is important that Staffordshire’s rural businesses take full advantage of these programmes and help the county’s economy to grow, creating new and sustainable jobs.
The Staffordshire Rural Forum is holding a workshop to highlight three EU funded programmes: DEFRA’s European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), the Staffordshire LEADER Programme and the Staffordshire Rural Enterprise Programme.
The workshop will take place on the morning of Thursday 26th January at Rodbaston College in Penkridge. Those attending will be able to find out the latest criteria and bidding timeline for each programme, as well as get expert advice and guidance from the programmes’ managers.
A market place involving a range of other business support and grant programmes will be present and will provide stakeholders and businesses with an opportunity to discuss their projects in more detail and to register interest.
Attendance at the event is free of charge, but places are limited. To reserve your place, please email Sue Glen at Staffordshire County Council (firstname.lastname@example.org). Similarly, if your organisation provides business support and would like to participate in the market place with a banner or literature, please let Sue know.
As Chair of the Staffordshire Rural Forum, I look forward to welcoming you at this informative event.
Frances Beatty OBE
Chair, Staffordshire Rural Forum