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The 16 businesses that got a £5k grant from Rural England Prosperity Fund

Sixteen Fenland businesses were awarded £5,000 each after successfully applying for a Rural England Prosperity Fund grant.

Joe Perry

Business expansion, diversification and financial and environmental sustainability projects were among those supported in the first round of grant awards from the Fenland fund.

Many of the projects supported by grants are expected to lead to new jobs. According to estimates in the grant bids, the total number of new jobs could be as high as 28.

Businesses from a Government-specified area encapsulating the majority of Fenland could apply for up to £5,000 under the programme, which will soon close for second-round bids of up to £10k each.

Businesses that won support were:

Joe Perry

Snooker star Joe Perry, of new Chatteris business Joe Perry's Snooker and Pool Palace

  • Guy Manchett Servicing, Chatteris, £5,000
  • Joe Perry's Snooker & Pool Palace, Chatteris, £5,000
  • So Dental, Chatteris, £5,000
  • J B Turner Farm & Country Store, Gorefield, £5,000
  • Bankside Nursery, Guyhirn, £5,000
  • Nationwide Training & Safety Services, Guyhirn, £5,000
  • Westfield Farms (Manea), March, £5,000
  • A4 Plus Limited, March, £5,000
  • BloKarts East Anglia, March, £5,000
  • Fox Narrowboats Ltd, March, £5,000
  • G & CA Lombardo, March, £5,000.
  • Goddens Home Interiors, March, £5,000
  • March Podiatry Practice, March, £5,000
  • Skylark Garden Centre, March, £5,000
  • Rai & Rai Builders, kitchen and bathroom installation, Whittlesey, £5,000
  • The Secret Garden Touring Park, Wisbech St Mary, £5,000

Businesses have until Saturday, April 6, to apply for a grant of up to £10k in the second round of the Fenland Rural England Prosperity Fund

That is also the closing date for bids of up to £10,000 from the Fenland Start-Up Business Support Programme - for businesses throughout Fenland that have been trading less than a year.

And bids of up to £25,000 from the Fenland Investment in Business grants programme.

More about the funds

The 'Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF)' grants can support up to half the cost of capital projects and purchases - that is investments into assets, like tools, equipment, computers and machinery.

The fund can support any business (including farming businesses) in the Central Government defined Fenland Rural England Prosperity Fund area, which includes most of Fenland, but excludes Wisbech, Elm and Friday Bridge.

It aims to improve productivity and strengthen the economy in areas Government has identified as being rural and therefore, it says, facing potential challenges of lower productivity rates, poorer connectivity and poorer access to key services. It created the fund to support rural communities and new and existing rural businesses to develop new products and facilities that will be of wider benefit to the local economy. This includes farm businesses looking to diversify income streams.

Fenland Start-up business support programme and the Investment in Business Programme can support businesses in Wisbech, Elm and Friday Bridge as well as the rest of Fenland.

The Rural England Prosperity Fund is delivered by Fenland District Council's economic growth team Fenland for Business thanks to funding awarded to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority by the Government's Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). It's part of the Government's wider Levelling Up programme and linked to other opportunities available via the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The Start-up Business Awards Programme and Investment in Business programme grants are also being delivered by Fenland for Business. They're funded by the UK Government's Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) Shared Prosperity Fund thanks to a successful bid by Fenland District Council in partnership with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

Find out more about business support and grants available at: Home

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March 2024

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