The River Thames at Reading in Berkshire, UK
Rural businesses across Berkshire are being encouraged to apply for a share of more than £720,000 of funding to grow their business.
The funding aims to help rural micro, small and new companies develop, grow and create jobs.
Tim Smith, chief executive of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, said: “23% of Berkshire businesses are rural. These business units tend to be smaller than urban units and, when comparing the number of VAT registrations units per head in rural Berkshire with the South East and national averages, the level in Berkshire is high.
“There is also a wide range of business types and sectors, such as agriculture and new technology companies, and as part of our Strategic Economic Plan, we are committed to supporting these companies.
“European funding remains a crucial source of investment in supporting local businesses to achieve their growth ambitions, so if your company is rurally-based and requires funding to develop and grow, this funding could be a significant step towards achieving your plans.”
The Calls for applications from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) Growth Programme are:
More information can be found at the LEP’s website.