Rural areas in Yorkshire & Humber

Yorkshire & Humber has some of the most beautiful and diverse countryside in the UK. From the patchwork Dales to the open moors and pretty coastal towns and villages, over 80% of Yorkshire & Humber is rural.

But however attractive a rural area may appear from the outside, living and working there can bring its own challenges. Whilst the availability and uptake of transport, telecommunications, and business support in rural areas may be low, the influx of potential entrepreneurs provides major opportunities to be grasped.

Yorkshire Forward is working hard to ensure that people in rural areas aren’t prevented from accessing the same life opportunities as those in urban areas, and that they’re just as able to start and run a business.

Market towns in Yorkshire & Humber

Market towns in Yorkshire & Humber

We support sustainable rural towns in Yorkshire and Humber. By working closely with local stakeholders, we’re ensuring that our rural towns remain places where people can easily live, work, visit and invest. More

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)

Yorkshire Forward is investing £9.5m of UK/EU funds every year until 2013, to help improve rural communities and to support rural businesses. Find out about our investments, and how you could benefit. More

LEADER

LEADER

As part of our responsibility for delivering the European Community support in our region, Yorkshire Forward administers the LEADER programme. This brings together local stakeholders to decide on how best to develop their local rural area. More

Funding for farmers
Farmers can apply for capital grants for technology to enhance energy, manure and water resource efficiency. GO!
Regenerating the rural economy
Our Rural Renaissance policy programme aims to aid rural areas overcome the challenges they face. GO!
Rural businesses
We’re helping more rural businesses to start up and grow, in both traditional and new industries. GO!
Starting a rural business?
The Rural Business Start-Up Programme could provide you with essential match-funding! GO!
The LEADER scheme
This brings local partnerships together to help develop their local rural community. GO!
Training for rural businesses
If you’re in the agricultural, horticultural or forestry sector, your business could access funded training. GO!