existing businesses affected by foot and mouth disease are today
celebrating their share of£3m from the government's Phoenix
The winning projects are all unique in their approach, matching local
solutions to local needs. But they all have one thing in common -
bringing communities together to help them help themselves.
They will be offering a diverse range of support, including:
- Marketing, to ensure the widest possible customer base
- ICT training to make accessing and paying for products easier
- Setting up local supply networks
- skills training in a wide variety of areas
- establishing Business Clubs to share best practice and experiences
- creating sales outlets that will benefit a variety of micro
Nigel Griffiths, minister for small business said:
'These projects will help breathe much-needed life back into the
rural economy. They will develop essential new business and
promotional ideas that will help to revitalise local communities.
'I am all too aware of the damaging effect FMD had on rural
businesses and budding entrepreneurs, both economically and
personally. Many people lost confidence in their businesses, and in
their ability to bounce back.
'There is a wealth of untapped potential in our rural heartlands,
from local food producers through tourism to Internet ventures. I aim
to make sure that these projects set that potential free, and
encourage more people to set up their own businesses in the
countryside, which in turn will create more confidence, more jobs,
and more thriving rural communities.'
Business Links, local authorities, voluntary bodies and community
action groups are already working closely with rural businesses to
help alleviate the effects of FMD. The projects funded by the DFRR
will complement and build on those activities, by stimulating
imaginative and new solutions to the problems they face.
The DFRR is part of the Phoenix Fund, which is a major element of the
National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal. The fund was set up to
encourage entrepreneurship in disadvantaged areas and
under-represented groups, which in turn helps regenerate communities
by providing jobs and role models, attracting more businesses into
deprived areas and stimulating local economies.
1. More information about the Phoenix Fund is available hereor by calling the SBS Inquiry Line on 0114 259 7788.
2. The Development Fund for Rural Renewal was announced on 7th
November 2001, and the closing date for bids was 31st January 2002.
A total of 67 bids were received.
3. See below for details of winning bids.
Uniun Enterprise Trust
Rural Coalfield Regeneration
Uniun Enterprise Trust is a community regeneration project and was
founded in 1998 in a bid to provide ongoing advice and support for
businesses, community and environmental incentives together with
training and employment for SE Northumberland.
The project will harness peoples skills, potential skills, self help
initiatives and desire to undertake work of personal and community
benefit. It will provide motivation and inspiration for local people
to become involved in activities such as planning, dealing with
statutory and professional agencies, fundraising and developing
entrepreneurial skills. Uniun Trust will become a focus for
regeneration activities and act as a catalyst for social regeneration
projects in the community.
Total bid£ 140,152
Business Link for Northumberland
Northumberland Extension to Enterprise Scheme
The project will seek to assist individuals who are already operating
part-time businesses and those wishing to start. It will extend
business support to part-time businesses which are currently hard to
reach. This should lead to some formalising of these businesses and
encourage them in to full time activity. In addition the geography of
the county, which is the most sparsely populated in England, means
that access to support is difficult. This is compounded by the
inherent reticence of remoter communities to engage with formal
support mechanisms which results in these communities fending for
Made in Northumberland
Made in Northumberland was established in November 1999 by Business
Link Northumberland to support arts and crafts and food and drink
producers in Northumberland.
The project consists of merging two existing pilot projects into a
joint marketing and promotional not for profit organisation to work
closely with micro and community businesses in developing a
co-ordinated approach in promoting established and new activities.
The project will determine the needs and development issues of the
members following FMD and work with individual businesses and
voluntary groups to improve their marketing capacity. It will create
an awareness and understanding of Northumberland culture both
nationally and internationally via the internet.
Business Link for Cumbria
Promoting Enterprise in Rural Communities
Cumbria CREDITS was established six years ago to establish and
develop a network of Community development centres throughout
Cumbria. This project will utilise the network to deliver services to
the heart of 25 key communities and will target existing businesses
and those in rural communities who have the potential to start new
enterprises. Appropriate use of ICT.
Furness Tourism Partnership
Lake District Peninsulas Fight Back
Project Manager: Angela Knowles
Furness Tourism Partnership was established in 1992 to assist
economic regeneration after significant job losses in the ship
The project will employ an Enterprise Champion who will drive forward
innovative ways to draw together private sector operators from the
tourism industry through Business Clubs. This will improve the
quality recognition and status of the area as a tourist destination.
Genesis (Cumbria) Ltd.
E-marketplace for Cumbria
Genesis was created in 1995 by Cumbria County Council to improve
access to online IT information. It has since become a trust and
secured funding to become an online business to business network.
The aim of the project is to create an independent on line market
connecting buyers and suppliers in Cumbria. It will be a single
electronic catalogue of products and services aggregated from a
number of SMEs simplifying the purchase of products.
Solway Rural Initiatives Ltd
Solway Rural Initiatives was set up in 1992 with principal objectives
of rural economic development, community development and
The project will encourage local communities to assist in business
recovery by buying more goods/services from local suppliers. A 'Buy
Local' call centre and a new local business website will be promoted
and this will assist in raising marketing skills. ICT training to
both businesses and communities will be provided.
Voluntary Action Cumbria - Rural Women's Unit
Growing Rural Opportunities for Women
Voluntary Action Cumbria is a registered charity and company limited
by guarantee and the Rural Community Council for Cumbria. Since 1948
it has enabled rural people to take positive action to enhance their
The project will enable women who want to pursue enterprise ambitions
by offering an ongoing series of personal development training, to
rebuild the confidence shattered by FMD. It will run a series of
business skills training workshops to improve management, marketing
and workplace skills and will ensure countrywide networking to access
highest quality speakers.
The Tarka Foundation
Tarka Country - Back to Business
The Tarka Foundation is wholly funded by its members and works
closely with the Tarka Country Trust, which is a registered charity.
Any surplus funds are passed from the Foundation to the Trust.
The project will provide the infrastructure for longer term business
support and is designed to promote innovative ideas through the
mechanism of skill sharing at worker rather than consultant level.
Key features are the provision of an area wide joint IT marketing
facility; locally based Back to Business Workers; technical
innovation groups and 'created in -..' identities for village
Tamar Valley Service
Marketing the Tamar Valley
This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty partnership.
The project objectives are to raise awareness of the area; explore
the potential for a generic Tamar Valley brand; build the business
skills of local SMEs; encourage the use of local products and
services and celebrate the local distinctiveness of the area, its
food, products, culture and natural beauty. The project will
provide/direct business training and support and will develop
This proposal is is sent from a Partnership of Private Sector
organisations facilitated by the Taste of the West.
The objective of this project is to form a consortium of Food
Producers and Processors who will franchise a retail light restaurant
format to between 20 and 125 sites, initially in the South and
Midlands of England, from where the majority of Westcountry tourism
derives. The vision is to create a supply chain from non primary
producers to the table with the products being traceable and of high
Assured Management Solutions
This is a partnership including South West Tourism, Assured
Management Solutions Ltd and four other suppliers of web design
support, hardware, business advisors and training. It is designed to
supply an integrated approach to the use of the various suppliers
functions and methodologies to integrate systems with TIC systems.
The project will deliver a balanced 'Advice and IT' solution to
hotels and guest houses in FMD affected areas in the South West and
will not duplicate existing Business Advice provision but integrate
with it. The localised provision to individual businesses will
include IT hardware and software, Internet connectivity and on-line
booking facilities within a business and marketing application with
full training. The project will boost efficiency, integration of
marketing and overall effectiveness.
Business Link Derbyshire
Business as Usual
This is an innovative co-ordinated series of initiatives to help the
tourism sector recover from Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). The project
comprises promotion, business support, management development, skills
training and the development of a food and drink network. The twin
aims of the project are to bring visitors back and ensure that
tourism SMEs are ready to deliver high quality products and services.
The project will support 80 SMEs, create a network of 100 companies,
help 30 businesses with management development, train 80 SME managers
and employees and create one new supply chain. Will revitalise the
Peak District tourist industry and enable it to face domestic and
Total bid :£151,490
Business Link Shropshire
Women in Rural Enterprise
This project will enable 180 female rural entrepreneurs to undertake
tailor made personal development and business skills training.
Working with WIRE Business Clubs will enable Business Link Shropshire
to reach a client group that is currently under represented in the
take up of mainstream business start-up and support programmes.
Female rural entrepreneurs will be able to develop business
management skills and maximise networking opportunities. The project
will enable Business Link Shropshire to target business support
activities above and beyond its core services.
YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE
Chrysalis Arts Ltd.
North Yorkshire Creative Business Network
Chrysalis Arts is a visual arts not for profit company and training
agency specialising in art for public spaces and is an annual revenue
client of Yorkshire Arts. The project aims to establish a new pilot
model for rural clustering and a networking agency to support
creative SMEs and micro businesses. It will aim to increase and
identify new markets, primarily for visual artists and makers through
a range of services and events which will make particular use of
innovative marketing and IT and will provide a vital link, resource
and information point.
The project seeks to establish a flourishing promotional and
marketing umbrella organisation that will support the extensive and
varied craft and artisan businesses of the Pennine area. An energetic
Co-ordinator will be employed and premises taken which will include a
comprehensive resource office and showroom/sales area. All quality
businesses will be encouraged to participate as members and to adopt
a much less parochial attitude in viewing the competition as being
less from their neighbour but more from outside the sub region.
Arthur Rank Centre
Hidden Britain Centres
The Arthur Rank Centre is a partnership between the (ecumenical)
churches, the Rank Foundation and the Royal Agricultural Society of
England. It has for 30 years been serving rural people and their
churches throughout the UK.
The project provides an innovative way for local communities to
develop and use existing resources for a unique tourism enterprise.
By the personal presentation of local heritage, history, folklore,
existing countryside, modern craft etc. visitors will be given a
unique insight into what otherwise would be hidden Britain. Operated
over various, otherwise inaccessible sites.
Total bid£ 201,872
British Hospitality Association
Building Network Capacity
The British Hospitality Association has been representing the hotel,
restaurant and catering industry for 90 years. The Association exists
to ensure that the views of the British hospitality industry are
represented to government and policy makers.
The project aims to transform the hospitality and tourism sector from
a fragmented state to a well supported industry. It will work to a
national industry forum framework to create and build upon local and
regional network structures in order to increase their knowledge and
understanding of performance in the industry and share best practice.
The project will strengthen links between employers and sector
networks and bring support agencies closer to the issues facing the
business community. By the end of the project 50 networks will have
Co-operative Union ( The Plunkett Foundation )
Growing Rural Businesses Through Collaborative Solutions
The Co-operative Union, incorporating ICOM, is the apex body for
co-operatives in the UK and its membership includes retail societies,
housing co-operatives,employee owned businesses and co-operative
support organisations. Founded in 1869 it is an independent trade
association, funded by members and has become the lead body in the
This project is about people working together and finding joint ways
forward for their common business needs. The first objective is about
getting businesses to work together on joint branding, purchasing and
service provision. The second to forge alliances to buy out a
successful business when for any reason the owner wishes to step
English Tourism Council
EnglandNet eBusiness Animation Programme
The project seeks to aid the recovery and re-engineering of rural
tourism businesses and providers in England through the creation of
an on-line Tourism community and an extensive supporting business
development programme. The project will support the 'animation' of
businesses into adaptation to eBusiness, through a targeted
combination of awareness raising activities, advice and actions to
extend skills and capacity for appropriate utilisation of electronic
business tool and channels. The objective is to enable SMEs and micro
businesses to benefit from on-line transactions.