Warwickshire Rural Hub
Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme
Do you want to save money on your energy bills and the make the most of low carbon opportunities? The Green Business programme can help you identify energy savings and support the development of new low carbon products and technologies. For further information visit this page.
Coventry and Warwickshire Innovation Programme
Supporting the development of new innovative products and technologies for SMEs, the programme provides a range of assistance including one-to-one support, networking and access to grants of up to £100,000. Visit this page for further information.
Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme
A free service comprising one-to-one or group support targeted at new businesses, or established businesses with under 250 employees who want to grow. Visit this page for further information.
North Warwickshire LEADER programme is inviting expressions of interest
The North Warwickshire LEADER programme opened Monday 15 October 2018 to new Expressions of Interest. The call does not have a definite closing date but the advice for applicants is ‘Once there are enough sufficient quality project Expressions of Interest the LAG will close for any new applications.’ There are two priorities:
Forestry Productivity Grants (£2,500 – £75,000) – for small/medium forestry contracting businesses that aim to deliver permanent new supply chains and jobs.
Micro and Small Enterprise Grants (£4,000 – £75,000) – for SMEs with under 50 employees aiming to deliver a project that will have an impact on the local rural economy. This can include the creation of new jobs, increased turnover, creation of new products or use of new technologies.
For further information please contact the LEADER programme team.
Tel: 01827 719271
The attached flyer shows the area in North Warwickshire which is eligible for the funding.
Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme is extended
The government has committed £30 million for further rounds of the popular Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme (CPSGS), which helps farmers buy the equipment they need to boost productivity and increase yields. This will include equipment specific to cattle, sheep and pig farmers, as well as precision farming and resource management equipment for arable farmers. The first round of funding for small grants was launched in February 2018.
The next application window will open in early 2019, with over £30 million available for future funding rounds for farmers. For further information please visit this page.
Grants for free-range egg producers
Grants up to a maximum £1,000 are on offer for people aged under 40 working within the free range egg industry. The British Free Range Egg Producers Association is offering the grants through its Next Generation Programme. The programme will support study trips, travel, training courses, conference registration fees and research projects. Applicants must either hold a BFREPA membership or work in a business which is a member of the organisation.
Defra announces help for drought-hit farmers in Stewardship schemes
Defra has announced 40 temporary prescription adjustments (TPA) to help drought-hit farmers in stewardship schemes provide extra fodder, bedding or grazing for their stock. The changes apply to certain prescriptions in Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship schemes. Full details are available on the Government website.
Future for agri-environment schemes post Brexit
The Government has just released the first tranche of technical ‘no Brexit deal’ notices. The announcement covers rural development, including agri-environment schemes. It gives required certainty that existing agri-environment agreements will be fully funded until the end of the agreement; and, new Countryside Stewardship agreements can be entered in to during 2019 and 2020. These will be fully funded until the end of the agreement.
Gigabit Voucher Scheme for small and medium sized businesses
If you are a small or medium-sized business, you may be able to get a grant of up to £3,000 to upgrade your business broadband to a Gigabit capable connection. Details of approved suppliers can be found at the link below.
HS2 Woodland Fund
The HS2 Woodland Fund provides grant payments for restoring plantations on ancient woodland sites (PAWS) and/or creating new native woodland. Funding is available for a range of capital items, paying 100% of the associated standard cost, with a maintenance payment also available for woodland creation. £1 million of funding is due to open for applications in January 2018 and will close in April 2020, subject to remaining budget availability. There are no application windows.
Further information is available on the website below.
Change to Woodland Creation threshold
The threshold for applications to the Woodland Creation Planning Grant has been lowered to 10 hectares. At least one woodland block within an application must be of 10 ha or more in size, with additional blocks being at least 5 ha in size. This means that if your application is less than 15 ha in total, it must be formed of a single woodland block. Visit the website below for more information.
Updates to digital maps
The RPA is currently updating digital maps and will use this latest mapping data when calculating BPS 2017 payments. Claimants of Environmental / Countryside Stewardship and Forestry Legacy Schemes may need to review the changes to make sure their applications and/ or agreements are correct.
Natural England refreshes its livestock recording templates
Natural England has updated the templates for recording livestock to make them more user friendly. Therefore the webpage has been refreshed. Specific livestock record keeping applies to CS and ELS/HLS agreements that started on or after 1 January 2013.
CFE advises voluntary maintenance of expiring environmental schemes
The Campaign for the Farmed Environment is encouraging farmers who are in Environmental Stewardship schemes to voluntarily maintain conservation work when the scheme has expired. Voluntary management may assist such farmers to benefit from any future schemes, post Brexit, and returning such land to production will undo the investment of time and money already made, says CFE.
Fully funded training to invest in your workforce
Would you like the opportunity improve your staff productivity, increase staff morale and receive support from professionals who will help you grow your business?
Inspire 2 Independence is working in partnership with Serco on the delivery of Skills Support for the Workforce across Coventry & Warwickshire. The funding is available to local businesses within Coventry & Warwickshire with 100% funding of a range of units and qualifications aimed at up-skilling your workforce. No financial contribution is required from your business to access this training opportunity, all that is required is a commitment to the development of your staff.
For further information please contact your i2i representative today.
New form to raise BPS issues
The RPA has developed a new way to deal with cases of unreported BPS 2015 / 2016 payment issues, which includes an enquiry form for farmers to complete and send to the RPA.
For further information and to download a copy of the form please use the link below.
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The Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC
c/o Pleasance Farm
Registration No: 7026157
Registered office: 23 West Bar Street, Banbury, OX16 9SA
Rural Hub Co-ordinator
Tel: 07780 159291
Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC Directors
Henry Lucas (Hub Chairman)
Graham Collier (Hub Deputy Chairman)
Hub Steering Group Members
Luke Ryder, NFU
Mark Dickin, Ellacotts Accountants
Susan Schlee, S2M Marketing
Tom Newbery, Highfield Farm
Mark Meadows, Tithe Farm
Alexandra Robinson, Wright Hassall LLP
Bob Slater, Slater Farm Management Services
Chris Tallis, Tallis Amos Group
Jef Tuyn, Agricultural Consultant
Matt Willmott, King's Seeds
Jon Slee, Abbey Farm
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