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In 2012/13 the Rural Capital Programme supported 7 capital projects and granted almost £80,000 in funding

The Leicestershire Rural Partnership has been allocated £300,000 over 3 years from Leicestershire County Council to support capital projects which increase job growth and help stimulate rural economic development. The grant operates on an annual basis and is targeted at rural businesses located outside of the major county towns.

In 2012-13 the programme was agreed and set up with extensive promotion through local media, the 'oakleaves' website and LRP partners.

Broughton Astley

In 2012/13 the Rural Capital Programme supported 7 capital projects and granted almost £80,000 funding to help deliver activity including:

  • ground works to support development of and access to a new caravan site adjacent to Bragate Park
  • construction of a tea room in Snarestone and a large cafe at a garden centre in East Langton
  • development and upgrading of business premises in Broughton Astley and Thringstone
  • development of storage facilities to help expand production of a local cider making company in Hallaton
  • building conversion to support development of specialist meat production on Old Dalby

East Langton

A procurement exercise was also undertaken this year to secure expert business planning advice and support for the 2013/14 programme, providing more businesses with the support required to successfully apply to the fund.

Rural Capital Programme Case study - The Bottle Kicking Cider Company