£35m government fund for rural businesses

Published November 5th, 2019

A new round of government grant funding has opened for applications providing grants for projects in England which create jobs and growth in the rural economy.

“Funding of up to £175,000 is available for up to 40 per cent of a project and is therefore a fantastic way to secure capital to enable projects to go ahead,” said Will Davies, a chartered surveyor and business consultant with Berrys.

He said the Growth Programme grants are available to farms and rural businesses who are looking to expand or diversify and are available for projects which:

  • Increase turnover and profitability
  • Grow a business
  • Improve productivity
  • Allow access to new markets
  • Develop tourist attractions and infrastructure
  • Extend the tourism season
  • Create jobs

Examples of projects include:

  • Investment in equipment
  • Farm diversification
  • Adding value to food
    • Meat processing
    • Milk processing
    • Soft fruit processing

“We are advising people to submit their expressions of interest as soon as possible to ensure they have plenty of time to complete a full application if their project is assessed to be eligible,” Will said.

“At Berrys we have a team of professionals who are experienced in successfully applying for grant funding and have the necessary skills to ensure that ideas are well represented in order to ensure the best chance of success.”

For further information or help with an application contact your local Berrys office or Will Davies at the Kettering office on 01536 213175 email or Charlotte Rogerson at the Shrewsbury office on 01743 290642 email

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More about Will Davies

BSc (Hons) MSc
Business Consultant
Tel: 01536 213175
Mobile: 07469 858749

Will joined the Business Consultancy team in June 2016 with a view to sitting his APC in order to become a rural practice Chartered Surveyor in the coming years. Will was awarded a distinction in his MSc from the University of Exeter studying Sustainable Development, having previously studied for a BSc in Geography also at Exeter.

Before joining Berrys Will was a Sustainability Consultant at Deloitte, advising corporations on how best to encompass environmental and social responsibilities into their business strategies. Prior to this, Will spent 2 years working for an investment bank in London assisting the bank in achieving regulatory compliance in the wake of the 2008 recession.