Prince of Wales gives support to South West rural development
On Friday 3rd February around 180 delegates attended a South
West conference focusing on the future of rural development
in the region. The event was organised by the South West Rural
Enterprise Gateway (SWREG) which offers a region-wide business
support package for the rural land-based sector.
'Rural Development - what next?' focused on the
benefits of environmental farming and bio-energy in light
of new rural development regulations. The conference was backed
by a personal message of support from HRH The Prince of Wales,
who reinforced the idea that farmers need to adapt their ways
of operating to succeed in the current economic climate. He
went on to emphasise the necessity of finding business solutions
which can increase incomes for farmers as well as providing
a sustainable future for the South West.
SWREG project manager David Hynd said: "It was
very encouraging to have HRH The Prince of Wales' support
for what we have achieved so far. During our first year in
operation we have encouraged over 1000 rural businesses across
the South West to work together to access research information,
utilise business support and receive training to improve their
skills and their business' performance.
"The conference also saw the formal launch of the
Fresh Start, Fisheries and Exmoor elements of SWREG, so now
even more people working in rural industries will benefit
from the service." He continued: "It was tremendous
to see people from so many different organisations at the
event; REG is reliant on their support to really make a difference
to rural businesses across the South West."
Rob Hatt, head of community regeneration at the South West
Regional Development Agency commented: "The South
West RDA is proud to be funding the delivery of the SWREG
programme. Our role in this initiative is further evidence
of the importance we place on securing the future of the rural
Key speakers included John Mills, director rural policy Department
for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Sir Ben
Gill, chairman of the government biomass task force and Caroline
Drummond, chief executive Linking Environment and Farming
SWREG which is funded by the South West Regional Development
Agency, and the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly, and delivered through the regions Business
Links has been developed as a key initiative within the region's
Strategy for Sustainable Farming and Food.
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The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the South West Rural Enterprise
Gateway project through the European Agricultural Guidance
and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and
land based industries project is advised to speak with Maria
Ford, at Government Office South West - 01752 635015 - before
commencing development as there are now only limited funds
available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural
sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
REG is an element of Business Links Gateway service aimed
at helping rural businesses in the South West, through access
to information, training and business development support.
It is one of the support schemes aimed at helping rural and
land based businesses across the South West Region of England
and administered by Business Link.
||Farm Business Advice Service
Business Link provides a free information
and enquiry service via an information gateway on the web
and via the telephone on 0845 600 9966 to all businesses
and those considering starting a business.
The South West of England Regional Development Agency
was established by government in 1999 to promote the long-term
economic success of the region. It does this by working with
others to give people the skills they need, encourage enterprise,
improve infrastructure, help communities with regeneration
and promote the strengths of the region.
European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund
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
||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.
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