The Cotswolds LEADER Programme has supported 17 projects with a total grant value of £462,136 (18 January 2018). Collectively this investment has created 18 new jobs.
Priority 1 – Support to increase farm productivity
- £10,059.48 grant towards a Cluster Flush system for a dairy farm in Gloucestershire.
- £5,206 grant towards a Mobile Sheep Handling system for a sheep farm in Worcestershire.
The mobile sheep handling system is particularly useful on this farm, which has a mosaic of grazing sites on steep ground with limited access. The equipment can easily be packed away and moved. As well as improving the efficiency and productivity of the business, the system is significantly helping the logistics of the farming operation.
- £49,958.21 grant towards a Robotic Milking system for a dairy farm in Wiltshire.
- £20,450 grant towards a Cluster Flush system and EID Rumination Collars for a dairy farm in Gloucestershire.
- £20,048 grant towards a Cluster Flush system and Cow Mattresses for a dairy farm in Wiltshire.
- £9,798 grant towards a Cluster Flush system for a dairy farm in Gloucestershire.
- £21,014 grant towards a Slurry Separator for a dairy farm in Gloucestershire.
- £26,061 grant towards a Trailing Shoe Slurry system for a dairy farm in Gloucestershire.
Priority 2 – Support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification
- Westend Office Suites, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire. westendofficesuites.co.uk
£39,999.98 grant towards the construction of 10 new high quality office units for start-ups and business seeking their first commercial premises or looking to expand. The project will enable local firms to start-up and grow due to the facilities which would not otherwise be available. Within a few months of the units being completed all were let and as at March 2017 two indirect jobs had been created by businesses renting the units.
- Saltpig Curing Company Ltd, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. saltpigcuring.co.uk
£13,011.32 grant towards the conversion of a business unit, the fitting of chillers, a drying room and associated equipment for this start up business. Owner (Ben Dulley) has extensive background as Michelin trained chef and has been producing charcuterie for the past 5 years at The Kingham Plough. Ben is hugely passionate about British Charcturie and specifically interested in using only local produce from local farmers.
- Vegetable Matters, Ebrington, Gloucestershire. vegetablematters.co.uk
£48,848.65 grant towards the construction of new farm shop and café . Within months of opening, the original job creation forecast had been exceeded . As well as job creation, the business is working with other local producers, stimulating the rural economy. The wider community is benefiting from the daily supply of fresh vegetables from the farm and the café is acting as a hub for the local community. Read more here.
- Wotton Farm Shop, Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire. wottonfarmshop.co.uk
£47,972.97 grant towards extensive building work to double the retail space at Wotton Farm Shop. The extra space houses a new deli, the Potting Shed café and many new products for sale. As well as supporting the growth of the business, the new shop will create important new job opportunities. Read more here.
- Capreolus Distillery, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. capreolusdistillery.co.uk
£10,463 towards a new still, mash pump, containers, trailer and straddle stacker to move fruit and an upgraded power supply.
Priority 3 – Support for rural tourism
- Longhills Farm, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. littlecountryhouses.co.uk
£29,291.76 grant towards improved campsite site access and construction of two bespoke luxury wooden holiday homes to cater for up to 4 people each. The homes include indoor eco toilet, micro kitchen, and have their own luxurious large wood fired hot-tubs alongside a wood burner with grill and oven, on the the covered deck. The campsite offers pitches for 3 additional caravans and upto 10 tents.
- £49.992.55 grant towards the conversion of derelict agricultural buildings into 5 residential holiday units in Gloucestershire.
Priority 6 – Support for increasing forestry productivity
- Little Owl Logs, Gloucestershire. littleowllogs.co.uk
£10,000 grant towards a Firewood Processor and Log Deck.
- Walkers Logs, Gloucestershire. walkerslogs.co.uk
£49,981 grant towards a large Firewood Processor for processing large diameter trees.
Cotswolds LEADER Programme team
James Webb, Programme Manager on 01451 862033
Mandy Pressland, Programme Assistant on 01451 862030