A FARM in Cheshire can look forward to expanding its business - thanks to a recent £24,000 grant.
Tiresford Farm near Tarporley successfully applied for a grant from the Northern Marches LEADER Local Action Group to bring production of their ‘Tiresford Guernsey Gold’ yogurt in-house.
This will enable them to expand production, supply new outlets, and introduce some new lines to their product range.
Chairman of the Local Action Group, Doug Haynes, said “One of our main aims is to help people working in the farming and forestry sector to add value to their products, and to stimulate developments which will help meet the needs of both producers and consumers.
“We are pleased to help Tiresford Farm expand their range of high quality local products, and to find new markets. We hope this success will encourage other people working in agriculture in our area to come to us with ideas of their own.”
Support for Tiresford Guernsey Gold has been made available through the Rural Development Programme for England, which is part-funded by the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development – Europe investing in rural areas – and DEFRA.
Funding for the Northern Marches LEADER Local Action Group is channelled through the regional development agencies Advantage West Midlands and North West Regional Development Agency.
The Local Action Group has £250,000 still available to support this kind of initiative.
Other people working in agriculture and forestry in southern Cheshire and northern Shropshire who want to follow Tiresford’s example and add value to their own products can contact the Northern Marches LEADER Development Manager, David Boyce, on 07734 – 132405, to find out how to apply for this support.
The Northern Marches LEADER Local Action Group is the rural development partnership for southern Cheshire and northern Shropshire.
It has representatives from the public sector (including the three unitary authorities of Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East and Shropshire Councils, the private sector (including the NFU and farming estates) and the voluntary and community sector.
The partnership has been awarded a total of £1.85m from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) until 2013, and has set itself two aims:
To capitalise on the local distinctiveness of the Northern Marches area to stimulate rural economic and community development
To empower local people to work in partnership to build a vibrant and dynamic local community
The Local Action Group serves the rural area of southern Cheshire, running approximately from a line between Tattenhall and Nantwich, and south to include the whole part of the ‘northern’ area of Shropshire Council.
It is probably the only partnership which enables ‘joined-up’ development to take place across the boundary between Cheshire and Shropshire.
More information about the work of the LAG, what can be funded, and a map of the area which it serves is available on the website – www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/northernmarchesleader