Bid for cash to boost rural jobs

Tue 1st October, 2013 by Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership

Businesses have a chance to bid for a share of £100,000, to boost the rural economy and jobs.

Leicestershire County Council is inviting bids for the latest round of its rural business grants, which were unveiled earlier this year. The deadline is 5pm on October 31.

County cabinet member Pam Posnett, chairman of the Rural Partnership, said: "Small firms are the life-blood of our economy and I hope that rural businesses take advantage of these grants, to help them develop and grow.

"The first round of grants, earlier this year, supported a range of initiatives, from creating a children's farm to finding new uses for agricultural buildings."

Rob Morton, proprietor of the Hallaton-based Bottle Kicking Cider Company, received a grant last year. He said: "The assistance the Leicestershire Rural Partnership has given us has been invaluable. We have been able to carry out our expansion plans with confidence, and we are now in a position to fulfil the increased demand for our cider."

The county council is funding the grants as part of its work to support the local economy.

For further information concerning the rural business grants, please download an application form and accompanying guidance notes from , email or phone Peter on 0116 305 3910.

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