Rural grant boost

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The Rural Economy Grant Scheme, worth up to £60 million in total, is to be launched soon.

Grants will be available of up to £1 million, aimed at micro and SME businesses to boost farm competiveness and support significant growth in particular for agri-food, rural tourism, forestry, renewable energy and high growth sectors.

Robert Hall, of Savills Agribusiness, said: “The scheme offers a golden opportunity to get new ideas off the ground for farming and other rural business.”