Dunham Massey Ice Cream Farm has secured a £125,000 investment to create a bespoke ice cream parlour, creating up to seven new jobs.
The money, which follows a successful grant application to the rural LEADER fund, will see the refurbishment of the existing barn on Station Road.
Owners Richard and Philippa Pennington, and Dianne Ogden, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us. We have manufactured our unique locally produced ice cream on site for 20 years, building up a strong customer base; this funding now enables us to sell our products direct to the public in a specially designed ice cream parlour.
“It will draw new visitors into the Dunham Massey area and be a destination for tourists, visitors and locals alike, we hope to be open to the public in May 2017.”
The funding was secured with assistance from Trafford Council’s Economic Growth Team.
Councillor John Reilly, Executive Member for Economic Growth, Environment and Infrastructure, said: “Funding is available to Trafford businesses that are located in rural areas such as Dunham Massey and Warburton. Trafford Council is dedicated to helping all areas of the borough prosper and the Council’s Economic Growth team are ready to support interested businesses through the application process.”
LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England, which is funded by the European Union (EU), with DEFRA as the managing authority, and will be available until the UK officially leaves the EU.