Trafford Council is to hold a drop-in event to make local businesses in Dunham Massey aware of available funding opportunities.
The event, which is specifically targeted at rural businesses, will be held at Dunham Massey Village Hall on School Lane on Thursday 9th February, 9–11am.
It will particularly promote funding opportunities available through the LEADER Programme, part of the Rural Development Programme for England, which is funded by the European Union and managed by Defra.
The programme aims to help create jobs and stimulate economic growth by providing funding for businesses and organisations looking to begin or expand their operations in rural areas.
Funding is available to Trafford businesses that are located in Dunham Massey and Warburton, with Trafford Council’s Strategic Growth team providing assistance with the application process.
Councillor John Reilly, Executive Member for Economic Growth, Environment and Infrastructure said: “The event will give attendees an opportunity to explore the possibility of receiving funding and have an opportunity to discuss business expansion or diversification ideas. The aim is promote the local economy, leading to increased business growth and prosperity.
“I would encourage all of our rural businesses to attend the event and establish if your business is eligible for assistance. All of the key business support agencies will be on hand providing expert advice and assistance. In some cases the application can even be made on your behalf, reducing the administrative burden.”
Dunham Massey Ice Cream Farm recently secured a £125,000 investment through the programme to create a bespoke ice cream parlour, creating up to seven new jobs.