New government funding pot is available to businesses across North Devon

North Devon businesses are being urged to bid for their share of a £200million funding scheme for rural projects.

The latest round of the Rural Development Programme just announced the government is aimed at supporting new broadband projects, plus farming-related businesses that need to invest in new infrastructure such as buildings and machinery, or to develop rural tourism.

North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones said the funding would generate thousands of new jobs and called on North Devon organisations to take advantage of what is on offer.

He said: "Recently, North Devon has enjoyed considerable success in bidding for government money.

"This has included funding for the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon and the water-sports centre in Ilfracombe. Businesses have done well too, with Applegate of Pottington winning a grant from Innovate UK to develop Artificial Intelligence technology.

"Let's keep up this good record by ensuring North Devon wins a share of this latest £200m funding pot."

Councillor Pat Barker, lead for economic development for North Devon Council, added: "As our MP says we have been extremely successful in drawing funds for projects in North Devon.

"So please business people, apply - it's not just empty offers, you can succeed in gaining financial support for your business to help expand and employ staff.

"North Devonians are some of the most entrepreneurial people in the country if you need help please get in touch and we will point you in the right direction."

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