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LEADER: The Solway, Border and Eden LEADER Programme

The Solway, Border and Eden LEADER Programme has re-opened until noon on Wednesday 30 January 2019. It’s only accepting applications under DEFRA Priority 2 – Support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification.

LEADER Cumbria

What is LEADER?

LEADER is a European Union initiative that encourages economic prosperity for rural areas and improving the quality of life of the communities. With the Solway, Border and Eden area covering approximately half of Cumbria; one of the main aims of this call is to encourage significant and sustainable economic growth and increased employment, with the full engagement of local people.

DEFRA Priority 2 – Support for Small & Micro Enterprises and Farm Diversification

Priority 2 was introduced to help a fund number of areas, ranging from new businesses with startup costs, improving community and rural services through to farm diversification projects, cost saving and retaining young people in farming. Priority 2 can help with the purchase of certain capital items, as well as help with the development of infrastructure within the business as a whole.

James Oliver, Assistant Farm Business Consultant at George F. White, says: “The LEADER grant is a great opportunity for farmers and small businesses in Cumbria to help make any changes, progress and secure longevity in their business, or even new ventures. It is really important that we take advantage of these opportunities when they arise due to our uncertain political future.”

The Solway, Border and Eden LEADER Programme has been closed for a number of months due to a staggering volume of interest, with this in mind, George F. White urge farmers, landowners and business owners to submit their expression of interest (EOI) in good time to avoid disappointment. The government has guaranteed funding for RDPE LEADER Programme grants if these are agreed and signed before the UK’s departure from the EU (even if the grant agreements continue after we have left the EU) however, they are working to a tight timescale and if your EOI is accepted, a Full Application would then have to be submitted before 12 noon on 3rd April 2019, with a full project completion before the 30th of September 2020.

Get in touch with James today for more information.

George F White Recruit To Drive Business Development

Land and property specialists George F White have appointed a new investment director to drive business opportunity and growth.

Miles Crossley joins the firm following a 9 year career at Banks Group, where he left his business development position to take on a key new role at George F White.

Robyn Peat, Managing Partner at George F White, said: “Hiring Miles is a coup for us as he brings with him a wealth of relevant and specialist experience from his time in his previous role I have known Miles for many years, often acting against him on several land transaction cases and hold his knowledge and capability in the land and development sector in high regard. It’s great to have him on board.”

Crossley joined Banks Group in 2006 and rose through the ranks from a graduate recruit to a senior business development manager where he was responsible for the delivery of the development forward programme. His experience is varied, spanning many disciplines but with an emphasis on identifying opportunity early in both the property and energy sectors.

Speaking about his new role at George F White, Crossley said: “I’m very excited to join and share my experience with the George F White team. I have always had a lot of respect for the business and the people within it having watched its transformation over the past five years from a small rural firm to market leaders in all areas of property and business advice.”

“My role involves identifying individuals and organisations with capital to invest and helping them meet their objectives by advising them through often complex and challenging environments found within the land, property and energy sector. Coupled with this, I will be proactively identifying land with development potential unlocking value for landowers”