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Case Studies

Find out how the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) has helped rural businesses in the Yorkshire & Humber region in the case studies below.

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Farmer Copley's Shop

Farmer Copley's Shop

Farmer Copley’s Farm Shop was opened by husband and wife team, Heather and Robert Copley, in 2003 to provide a diversified income that allowed their family to continue with the family farm.

Choc-Affair

Choc-Affair

Choc Affair, a Yorkshire chocolatier specialising in Fair Trade Belgium Chocolate, saw business boom thanks to support from the Rural Development Programme for England which is managed by Yorkshire Forward.

Muntons Malt Supply Chain Ltd

Muntons Malt Supply Chain Ltd

We appreciate the support which has helped us form partnerships with two of the UK’s leading farming co-operatives.

Askham Bryan College

Askham Bryan College

The Fantasy Farming Project at Askham Bryan College is teaching farmers new skills that will change the way beef is supplied in the future.

Dependable Productions

Dependable Productions

Dependable Productions in Borrowby near Thirsk is a specialist TV and digital media Production Company run by co-founders Lucy and Richard Critchlow

MH Poskitt Ltd

MH Poskitt Ltd

As an established family firm, MH Poskitt Ltd has more than 50 years’ experience in growing, packing and distributing organic and conventionally grown carrots throughout the UK.

Michael Wallbank’s Bedding Recovery Unit

Michael Wallbank’s Bedding Recovery Unit

After undertaking research in the US to see Bedding Recovery Units in action, Michael Wallbank felt sure that a similar unit would provide benefits to the profitability of his 300 cow dairy farm in North Yorkshire.

Rural Enterprise Investment Programme (REIP)
Rural Enterprise Investment Programme (REIP)

REIP is a package of support for rural businesses wanting to start up or expand, which need to access over £25,000 of public funding to take their businesses forward.

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The Farm Resource Efficiency Programme (FREP)
The Farm Resource Efficiency Programme (FREP)

Farmers in Yorkshire & Humber can apply to Yorkshire Forward for funding to help them invest in technology—which will benefit their profitability as well as the environment.

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The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: European investment in rural areas