RDPE In the South West
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – Changes to the Rural IDB Service
From the end of May 2013 the Rural IDB Business Support Service delivered by Peninsula Enterprise in Somerset, Devon, Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly will no longer be available. This means that the current level of support available from the team of advisers and events programme will not be maintained beyond the 31st May 2013. This is due to the conclusion of the contract with DEFRA.
The Resource Efficiency Service (R4F) will continue to be delivered under the Rural Focus brand. If you are a farmer you can still access the R4F service. Please visit www.ruralfocus.info to find out what support is available.
If you are currently working with an adviser please ensure you have received the relevant support before the end of May 2013. If you are receiving support from an R4F Adviser this will continue.
Please take a look at the list of other rural business support providers who may be able to help you here.
OTHER BUSINESS SUPPORT
While the closure of the Rural IDB service means we will need to make some changes to our organisation, Peninsula Enterprise will continue to deliver other business support services, including:
• Resource Efficiency for Farmers (R4F)
• Improving Your Resource Efficiency Service
• UKTI and Export Cornwall
• Superfast Business
• Social Enterprise Focus
If you have any queries please contact Rural Focus on 08456 047 047.
Have a look at our Success Stories to see how the team of Rural Advisers helped rural businesses.
Visit the RDPE Network
website for detailed information on the grant funding currently available through RDPE in the South West.
RDPE Grants For Businesses
Rural Economy Grant (REG)
The national Rural Economy Grant (REG) is now closed for applications. New grants in Devon, Somerset and Cornwall have now opened. Small rural businesses in Devon and Somerset can apply for a minimum of £10,000 in capital grant funding under a REG scheme being delivered locally. Small rural and agri-food businesses in Cornwall can also now access a new grant funding scheme called the Rural Business Investment Scheme (RBIS). For more information visit our 'Support and Grants in Your Area
The Dairy Fund
Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS)
Round 2 is now closed
The Dairy Fund is now open for applications from eligible projects that will deliver transformational change to multiple English dairy farm businesses.
The grant fund is now open for outline applications; please note that the deadline for submission of completed electronic and signed hardcopy outline applications is 17:00 on the 28th February 2013
Grants are available from £25,000 to circa £1 million.
Southwest Healthy Livestock Initiative (SWHLI)
Livestock Sector Support
The Southwest Healthy Livestock Initiative is an RDPE funded programme with the aim of achieveing an uplift in the profitability of the livestock industry by improving health and welfare among farmed animals by investment.
TB Advisory Service
Offers a free and independent advisory service, helping farmers in the South West deal with the practical everyday problems which bTB brings.
Uplands Livestock Sector Support
Addresses the particular productivity issues faced by livestock producers farming in the upland areas of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor by supporting them through collaborative activities, facilitation in developing ideas, provision of advice, guidance on training opportunities,and identifying sources of funding.
Bodmin Moor Livestock Initiative
Dartmoor Hill Farm Project
Exmoor Hill Farm Project
Skills and Training
The Skills Programme (South West)
The Skills Programme offers 50% funding support for training to develop and enhance skills and knowledge in the agricultural and forestry sectors with the overall aim to increase productivity and profitability. The programme is funded by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and delivered by Duchy College Rural Business School working with the Royal Agricultural College and Lantra
Agricultural Resource Management
The RURAL FOCUS R4F project is a part of this scheme and dedicated information on this project can be found here
. In addition to R4F the South Wests Agricultural Resource Management Project also includes:
Soils for Profit (S4P)
which provides fully funded expert advice, workshops, feasibility studies, demonstrations and training on soils, manures and nutrients. New to project customers can currently receive free analysis of 5 soil samples per farm.
The SWARM Hub
which provides farmers and growers with practical, up to date and unbiased information to help manage natural resources efficiently and make the right business decisions.
Local Action Groups (LAGS)
Funding to enable rural communities to diversify, strengthen their local economy and improve quality of life for people living in those areas.
Local Action Groups in Cornwall
Local Action on the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly LAG
Local Action Groups in Devon
South Devon Coastal LAG
Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund
Leader 4 - Torridge and North Devon
Local Action Groups in Somerset
Somerset Levels and Moors
Blackdown Hills, Making it Local