New support for South West rural land-based businesses
Focus of the afternoon will be workshop sessions
on Protecting Farmland, the Environment and Profit, Marketing for Rural
Businesses and Benefiting from Collaboration.
Business Link Devon and Cornwall delivers the national
Business Link service to the two counties under contract from the
DTI's Small Business Service.
Business Link provides a free information and enquiry service via
an information gateway on the web www.blinkdandc.com and via the telephone on 0845 600 9966 to all businesses and those
considering starting a business. Additionally it provides impartial
business advice and support through a network of partner organisations,
which it co-ordinates, and a register of independent business practitioners.
Press enquiries in the first instance
should be directed to:
Telephone: 01822 833488
Mobile : 07866 697 057
Telephone: 01752 509581
Direct enquiries should be directed via the marketing department
to Leanne Lidstone or Janice Brazell on 0845 600 9966.
South West of England Regional Development Agency
The South West RDA is one of the nine RDAs covering England and
charged with creating conditions in which businesses and communities
can thrive. The South West region comprises Gloucestershire, Dorset,
Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly;
and the unitary authorities of Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth,
City of Bristol, North Somerset, Plymouth, Poole, South Gloucestershire,
Swindon, and Torbay.
South West England has almost 5 million residents. More than half
live in rural areas – the highest proportion for any English
region. It also covers the largest land area of any English RDA.
The RDA has a budgetary allocation of £131.4 million in 2003/4
and £130.8 million in 2004/5.
European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)
EAGGF is one of the four funds that make up the Objective One Programme
for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly which is making £314m
available to support the local economy between 2000 and 2006.
EAGGF aims to:
||Help preserve the link between diversified farming and the
||Improve and support the competitiveness of agriculture as
a key activity in rural areas.
||Ensure the diversification of the economy in rural areas.
||Help to keep thriving communities in rural areas.
||Preserve and improve the environment, the landscape and the
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439
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