Support is here for rural businesses

Rural businesses in Buckinghamshire have a dedicated support network in Buckinghamshire Business First.

Our Rural Business Development Manager, Will Dallimore, is the first point of contact for rural businesses wanting advice, support, funding or to discuss challenges and opportunities in the sector.

Contact Will at or call 01494 927167.

The successful end of the LEADER Programme

The LEADER Programme is a standard-bearer among its peers of rural business support schemes, as you can see from some of the achievements and impacts over the course of the programme.

The LEADER Programme:

  • directly supported 146 rural organisations with a LEADER grant.
  • helped create 293 new jobs in Chilterns, Clay Vales and North & West Northamptonshire (thus far).
  • supported the setup of 13 new businesses, the launch of 42 new products, 87 new services, and 109 new techniques.
  • funded 219 pieces of equipment and new technologies.
  • enabled rural businesses to reach 118 new customers locally, 45 new customers nationally and 7 new export markets.
  • supported £4.87million additional income and £1.47m additional profit to the rural sector.
  • created a combined £14.1m investment in rural areas, with £5.8m in grants awarded, alongside match-funding of £8.3m.

Local creamery diversifies and creates new rural tourism destination

If you find statistics a little dry, how about this fantastic real-life example of a businesses supported through the LEADER Programme.

Award-winning, Chilterns-based artisan cheesemakers Nettlebed Creamery increased productivity and employed 30 members of staff by developing and implementing two new projects funded by LEADER programme grants.

Read the full story here >

Spotlight on Rural Businesses - business briefing event with Greg Smith MP

If you are based in the Buckingham constituency and are part of the rural business sector, we have the perfect event for you.

The latest in our series of MP Business Briefings sees Greg Smith, MP for Buckingham, join us to shine a spotlight on rural businesses.

We will be paying particular attention to the support on offer from the Rural England Prosperity Fund, which replaces the LEADER Programme and the RDPE Growth Programme.

Your experience and insight would be most welcome ‘at the table’.

Book here >

Buckinghamshire Business First is here for rural businesses

Whatever your query, opportunity, challenge or experience is as a rural business, we can help.

Contact Will Dallimore, our Rural Business Development Manager, at or call 01494 927167.

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