RURAL FOCUS : business support explained


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A clear description of all the support for Rural and Farming business in South West U.K. Delievered by Tayna King, Advisory Team Leader for Rural Focus

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  • Marketing – finding out what your customers want and providing it! Farm Commodities – pre-selling/co-operative/other markets Farm Shops/Businesses – signage/layouts/fresh/clean/ traceability Meat & Vegetable Boxes – Recipes/cooking instructions/mixed and Seasonal boxes working with others Accommodation – pre-order food boxes and meals/wine/ flowers/luxury items/stay there!!! B&B – local produce/luxury items/personality Website design and ease of buying are essential
  • RURAL FOCUS : business support explained

    1. 1. Is your business ready to Develop & Grow?
    2. 2. Aims & Objectives <ul><li>What are you doing to develop and grow your business? </li></ul><ul><li>Some Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the Rural Team? </li></ul><ul><li>What do we do? </li></ul><ul><li>What RDPE has achieved so far </li></ul><ul><li>Position in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly </li></ul><ul><li>What is new in RPDE </li></ul>
    3. 3. What are you doing to develop/grow your business? <ul><li>Are you happy with your business and what it provides? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you as efficient as possible? </li></ul><ul><li>Is growth the answer? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a business plan? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a marketing strategy? </li></ul><ul><li>Vision </li></ul>
    4. 4. Some Tips! <ul><li>Marketing - know </li></ul><ul><li>Farm Commodities – co-op/pre-sell/markets </li></ul><ul><li>Farm Shops/Businesses – signage/layout/produce/ traceability </li></ul><ul><li>Meat & Vegetable Boxes – recipes/instructions/ joint/delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation – luxury/add-ons/pre-orders/try it! </li></ul><ul><li>B&B – local/personality/trip advisor </li></ul><ul><li>Website design and ease of buying are crucial </li></ul><ul><li>The Rural Team can help you develop and grow your ideas! </li></ul>
    5. 5. Who are the Rural Team?
    6. 6. What do we do? <ul><li>Rural Advisers – Meetings or Telephone Clinics </li></ul><ul><li>Provide assistance with the development of a business and its ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of knowledge and information to enable your business to make key decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Access point to services, grants and other support including the new Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Events Programme – aimed at giving businesses the tools to develop and grow – i.e. Focus on Internet Marketing/Business Finance/Social Media/Website Development </li></ul>
    7. 7. What RDPE has achieved so far <ul><li>Over £100 million of funding committed in the Region - the main areas supported are: </li></ul><ul><li>Animal health and welfare </li></ul><ul><li>Skills development and knowledge transfer </li></ul><ul><li>Resource efficiency – R4F </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrient management – S4P </li></ul><ul><li>Farm diversification </li></ul><ul><li>Micro enterprises </li></ul><ul><li>Rural tourism </li></ul><ul><li>Local Action Groups </li></ul>
    8. 8. Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Position <ul><li>£55 million ring fenced for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly </li></ul><ul><li>Still over £18 million available of funding in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly </li></ul><ul><li>Competition for funds intense all priorities have to be met by the applicant to secure funding </li></ul><ul><li>Speak to us for more information </li></ul>
    9. 9. What is new from RDPE <ul><li>Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FISS) </li></ul><ul><li>£20M environmental scheme launched and open for applications until 17 th January 2012 – planned windows - Objectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve animal health & welfare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce energy usage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve the management of manures/farm nutrients </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve soil quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve water resource management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve use of forestry resources </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. What is New from RDPE <ul><li>Farming & Forestry Improvement Scheme – eligible items </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slurry Management Equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GPS equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heat Recovery/Vacuum on demand & variable speed pumps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rainwater harvesting equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weigh crates with EID equipment/software & upgrades to cattle crushes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parlour and collecting yard floors – grooving/mats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forestry – timber processors/chippers/grabs etc. </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. How to find out more <ul><li>Visit: </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone 08456 047 047 </li></ul><ul><li>Speak to us Today! </li></ul>