September 2015 meeting – Leader Fund

Members of Bingham Business Club were urged to see if their businesses qualified for money from a European-fund for rural communities.

Craig Edson told members about the Leader fund, which is managed through the Rural Payments Agency on behalf of Defra in England, as part of the Rural Development Programme for England.

Local action groups bid for cash from the fund have resulted in £1.85m being made available for north Nottinghamshire, and £1.55m for south Nottinghamshire, which includes Bingham.

The Leader programme is being launched in the late autumn, with applications being taken from January for projects starting from April. Leader grants are designed to directly support jobs and growth in rural areas, from starting a new business to construction costs for premises, buying equipment, processing and marketing, social service provision, or setting up an IT business.

Nottinghamshire County Council will provide technical and compliance advice and guidance for the scheme.

Craig Edson said that all rurally-based businesses were potentially eligible for a grant, which could amount to £35,000.

Businesses were invited to contact him at Nottinghamshire County Council’s Leader project for more information about the project, which will be launched locally in November.

Bingham Business Club chairman Jonathan Hammond urged members to consider applying for the fund.

“All this money we have been paying into Europe is now coming back to us in Bingham,” he said.

Jonathan Hammond also encouraged members to take part in the annual quiz he organises to raise money for Childline. Last year’s quiz, with a television theme, raised almost £2,000 for the charity. This year’s quiz has a theme of Number One chart hits.

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