North Devon businesses urged to bid for a share of £200m funding scheme

Businesses in north Devon are being encouraged to bid for a share of a £200 million funding scheme for projects in rural England. For more information on this government backed programme please read the article below which appeared in the Western Morning News today.

Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds. 31st August 2017



Firms urged to bid for £200m rural projects

North Devon businesses are being urged to bid for their share of a £200 million funding scheme for projects in rural England, just announced by the Government.

The latest round of the Rural Development Programme is aimed at supporting new broadband projects, as well as farming-related businesses which need to invest in new infrastructure such as buildings and machinery, or to develop rural tourism.

Peter Heaton-Jones, Conservative MP for North Devon, said: “This funding for rural businesses will generate thousands of jobs and provide new support to expand businesses and improve their premises. It’s vital that organisations here in North Devon are proactive and look to take advantage of what is on offer.

“Recently, North Devon has enjoyed success in bidding for government money. This has included funding for the North Devon Museum in Barnstaple and the water-sports centre in Ilfracombe. Businesses have done well too, with Applegate of Pottington winning a grant from Innovate UK to develop Artificial Intelligence technology.