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13.09.05
New Project Officer For SW Rural Enterprise Gateway

Lee RichardsThe South West Rural Enterprise Gateway Project has appointed a new project officer for Devon and Cornwall.

In his role, Lee Richards will help to develop and encourage rural businesses to access and share valuable information, funding and expert advice through forming collaborative groups. The Seale Hayne graduate has worked in the rural sector since 1998, with experience in agricultural PR, agrochemical field trials, estate management and as a technical adviser to dairy co-operative Milk Link.

For further information please contact Carolyn Daw of The Marketing-PR Company on 01566 771863 or 07866 697057 or email: cdaw@marketing-pr.co.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Rural Business Support gateway fund through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

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Editor's notes:

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.

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 land.
*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 rural heritage.

Lisa McGowan
PR Administrator
The Marketing-PR Company
Suite 2, Sheers Barton
Lawhitton
Launceston
PL15 9NJ
email: lmcgowan@marketing-pr.co.uk
tel: 01566 771860
fax: 01566 778736
web: www.bldc.co.uk

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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