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  • MP URGES RURAL MID DEVON BUSINESSES TO APPLY FOR GRANTS FROM £1.2MILLION EU POT

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is urging rural businesses in the Mid Devon part of his constituency to take advantage of a £1.2million grant scheme to boost the rural economy and create jobs. The Rural Enterprise And local Livelihoods (REAL) programme is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and overseen by Devon County Council, who recently announced that £400,000 has been allocated to 17 eligible businesses in Mid Devon and East Devon, but the other two-thirds remains up for grabs.

    Mr Stride, who launched his own business from scratch and ran it successfully for 20 years before entering Parliament in 2010, said:

    “I know at least two businesses in my constituency, based in Crediton and Thorverton, have already benefited from this funding pot, and there may well be other businesses out there that could also benefit. Opportunities like this to help create jobs in rural areas like Mid Devon, while also benefiting the environment, should not be missed.”

    To be successful an application to the Real programme should aim to do one of three things; reduce a business’s carbon footprint, improve animal welfare standards or modernise production, e.g. through new equipment or machinery.

    To find out more about the funding programme and how to apply visit www.realdevon.org.







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