Rural businesses

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Our region has half of England's largest 10 urban areas, but also a rural area the size of Northern Ireland, and the lowest number of local authorities. And around 80% of our region is rural—so a local approach to regional economic development is essential. Among Yorkshire Forward’s key objectives are:

  • To help people access good jobs, skills and transport
  • To regenerate communities.

These objectives have particular significance for many rural communities in our region. We work towards meeting our objectives by initiating or supporting appropriate public, private and community-sector projects, investing funds allocated to us by the UK or European governments. We want to strengthen and improve the economic performance of our rural areas by focusing on:

  • Enterprise (business start-ups)
  • Competitiveness
  • Making use of unique assets (such as our landscape and resources)
  • Important industry sectors.

Funding for businesses in rural areas

Funding for businesses in rural areas

Starting or growing a business in a rural area? You could qualify for grant support from Yorkshire Forward to help get your business off the ground or to help it grow. More

Rural Business Support Programme (RBSP)

Rural Business Support Programme (RBSP)

The Rural Business Start-Up Programme is enabling us to invest £63m of European funding in new rural businesses, helping to sustain and naturally regenerate local communities. More

Rural challenges

Rural challenges

Rural areas face particular challenges, and we want to help ensure that these challenges are met in a way which builds a sustainable lifestyle and business environment. More

The LandSkills programme

The LandSkills programme

LandSkills is a £3m programme designed to boost the technical skills, and therefore the competitiveness, of the region's agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors. More

Funding for farmers
Farmers can apply for capital grants for technology to enhance energy, manure and water resource efficiency. GO!
Rural Yorkshire
From the Dales across the moors to the coast, you won’t find a landscape as beautifully varied in Britain. GO!