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Support for rural businesses

The government has announced a package of new measures designed to help the growth of businesses in rural areas. Key initiatives that you may be able to benefit from include:

  • £100 million of funding to help rural businesses to grow and diversify
  • £15 million of support for six pilot Rural Growth Networks
  • £25 million to develop and promote tourism in rural areas
  • support for the food and drink industry to boost exports and encourage innovation
  • £15 million of funding to help rural communities to set up renewable energy developments
  • a scheme to improve skills in the forestry sector
  • reduced paperwork and easier compliance with nitrates legislation and Earned Recognition for farmers

For more information about the package of support for rural businesses, read about the Rural Economy Growth Review on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website - Opens in a new window.

For further information on growing your business, use our Growth and Improvement Service - Opens in a new window.