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Funding and event opportunities
Read all about grants to help you cut your energy bills, funding that supports rural business growth and events to help you embrace digital.
Grants to help you cut your energy bills
Low Carbon Workspaces helps businesses identify energy efficiency savings they could make and provides up to £5,000 to help implement the measures that will produce those savings.
These measures could include an energy efficient boiler, wall or roof insulation, double glazed windows or LED lighting.
The grant programme which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, will launch in March. Express an interest in a Low Carbon Workspaces grant here >
Funding to help rural & tourism businesses grow
The LEADER Programme
The LEADER programme is designed to promote business growth and stimulate job creation, particularly amongst micro and small businesses. Rural and tourism businesses across the Chilterns and Clay Vales can apply for grants worth up to £50,000 to help support their growth and sustainability. LEADER is focused on supporting farm diversification projects, forestry projects, tourism projects, rural services, and cultural and heritage projects. LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).
Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme
The RDPE Growth Programme supports projects that invest in building businesses, creating new jobs and growing the economy in rural areas. Grants of £35,000 or more are available to support food processing, business development and tourism infrastructure projects across the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Come and hear directly about these funding opportunities
Focus on Funding, 22nd March, Saunderton
Hear more about LEADER and RDPE grants at a free ‘Focus on Funding’ event that will put you in the room with numerous grant scheme representatives who can fill you in on the funding opportunities that you could be taking advantage of. The event takes place on Wednesday 22nd March in Saunderton, where LEADER and RDPE representatives will be joined by those from Enterprise Europe Network, Innovate UK, the Department for International Trade and UK Export Finance.
Funding for Rural Development, 18th April, near Quainton
This free workshop will highlight the RDPE and LEADER funding programmes together with details of other support available. Attendees will be able to find out the latest criteria and timeline for each programme, as well as get expert advice and guidance from the programme managers. The event takes place on Tuesday 18th April at the Green Dragon Eco Centre near Quainton.
Give your business a digital spark
Buckinghamshire Business First is running a series of events designed to show businesses the benefits they can reap by embracing digital technology.
The events include:
- First steps into Digital – discover how your business can tap into digital and reap the rewards
- Focus on Digital Marketing – this event presents an effective 8-stage process to making digital marketing work harder for your business
- Business Leaders’ Dinner – this high level networking event focuses on digital with the President of Tech UK Jacqueline de Rojas
- Breakfast Briefing on Social Media – this event will examine what businesses can achieve through utilisation of social media
Be the first to know about useful funding & events
The best way to be the first to know about events and funding like this is to be a member of Buckinghamshire Business First, the business support organisation with nearly 10,000 members throughout the county.
It’s completely free to join. Find out more today >