The Cotswolds LEADER Programme has supported 44 projects with a total grant value of £1,446,870 (26 April 2019). Collectively this investment has created 67 new jobs.
Priority 1 – Support to increase farm productivity
- £40,838 towards a System Cameleon drill for an organic arable farm in Gloucestershire.
- £37,800 towards a Horsch Sprinter 6ST seed drill for an arable farm in Gloucestershire.
- £37,720 towards a Horsch Sprinter 6ST seed drill for an arable farm in Gloucestershire.
- £31,385 towards a Weaving GD drill and Teejet Unipilot Pro-steering system for an arable farm in Gloucestershire.
- £29,800 towards a Sky Easy drill for an arable farm in Oxfordshire.
- £29,757 towards a Weaving GD drill for an arable farm in Oxfordshire.
- £21,540 towards a Horsch Sprinter 4ST seed drill for an arable farm in Oxfordshire.
- £12,800 towards a Kverneland TS seed drill for an arable farm in Gloucestershire.
- £6,247 towards a Kverneland Geo-spread fertilizer spreader for a farm in Gloucestershire.
Dairy, Sheep & Beef
- £49,958 towards a Robotic Milking system for a dairy farm in Wiltshire.
- £26,061 towards a Trailing Shoe slurry system for a dairy farm in Gloucestershire.
- £23,372 towards an Ice-cream and Butter Production Facility on a dairy farm in Gloucestershire.
- £20,414 towards a Cluster Flush system and EID Rumination collars for a dairy farm in Gloucestershire.
- £20,048 towards a Cluster Flush system and Cow Mattresses for a dairy farm in Wiltshire.
- £17,435 towards a Trailing Shoe and Rumination collars for a dairy farm in Wiltshire.
- £10,059 towards a Cluster Flush system for a dairy farm in Gloucestershire.
- £9,798 towards a Cluster Flush system for a dairy farm in Gloucestershire.
- £6,991 towards a fixed Cattle Handling system for a farm in Gloucestershire.
- £5,098 towards a Mobile Sheep Handling system for a sheep farm in Gloucestershire.
- £5,206 towards a Mobile Sheep Handling system for a sheep farm in Worcestershire.
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 unit
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
£10,461.62 towards a new still, mash pump, containers, trailer and straddle stacker to move fruit and an upgraded power supply.
Cotswold Seeds, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. www.cotswoldseeds.com
£99,982 grant towards Honeydale Farm – an Education Centre for Diverse Farming. Honeydale Farm in west Oxfordshire will promote diverse farming, which utilises many different crops in rotation along with livestock, grassland, woodland and water and aims to increase soil fertility and create a self-sufficient and regenerative farming system.
Ocean Ecology, Epney, Gloucestershire. www.ocean-ecology.com
£17,891.38 grant towards specialist laboratory equipment. This investment will enable the business to analyse greater volumes of seabed samples collected from around the UK and internationally. This will bring a major component of this analysis service in-house resulting in increased turnover, job creation, cost savings and business efficiencies.
Veritas Property Management, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. www.veritasmanagement.co.uk
£99,995 towards the conversion of an old agricultural building to create new office space to facilitate business expansion. The new office space is adjacent to the existing HQ and will allow this successful business to expand its team. This investment will ultimately result in the creation of 14 new jobs.
Elcombe Firewood Limited, Stroud, Gloucestershire. www.elcombefirewood.co.uk
£38,440 towards a log drying kiln and tipper delivery truck. These investments will enable the business to increase production of kiln dried logs and deliver them to an expanding customer base. The business growth will ultimately result in the creation of 4.66 new jobs.
Jive Pony, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. www.jive-pony.co.uk
Conygree Farm, Aldsworth, Gloucestershire. www.conygreefarm.co.uk
£37,304 towards a set of large tipis, toilets, chiller trailer and generator to facilitate the creation of an events business.
34BC Limited, Gloucestershire. www.werx.co
£99,918 towards a large scale printer, cutter and laminator to facilitate the growth of the business. These investments will result in significant job creation for the local area.
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.
The Farm Camp, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. www.thefarmcamp.co.uk
£16,074.81 grant towards a new Roundhouse activity space and a facilities structure. Tim Bowles, Director says: “The funding will help us upgrade our facilities to a much higher quality to attract different markets and fill the gaps in our season. The roundhouse build is already gaining attention from yoga enthusiasts and we look forward to having an inspiring activity space in the camp that will shelter guests from the British climate, when needed. The new facility block comprising a new kitchen, long-drop compost loos and showers will improve our staff and guest experiences.”
Owlpen Park Farms Limited, Owlpen, Gloucestershire.£49,125 towards a barn conversion to create high quality tourist accommodation. The barn is on the edge of the picturesque village of Owlpen and will be suitable for large groups
Priority 4 – Support for rural services
Bledington Community Shop Ltd, Bledington, Gloucestershire. https://bledingtonshop.com/
£39,026 grant towards the construction of a new Community Shop and Café in Bledington.
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
£49,737.43 grant towards a large Firewood Processor for processing large diameter trees.
- JAG Timber, Oxfordshire. www.jagtimber.co.uk
£48,642 grant towards storage for woodchip and a Firewood Processer.
- Bathurst Estate (Earl’s Fund), Gloucestershire.
£38,112 grant towards Forestry equipment and a Firewood processor.
- Arbor Tree Care, Gloucestershire. www.arbortreecare.co.uk
£48,000 towards a Harvadig harvester to enable the business to take on more forestry contracts. The Harvadig is highly manoeuvrable and is well suited to access the steep slopes of many woods in the Cotswolds. This project will create one job and will also facilitate the management of neglected woodland.
- Valley Forestry, Gloucestershire. www.valleyforestry.co.uk
£5,588 towards a Charcoal Retort; a clean and highly efficient method of producing charcoal.
Cotswolds LEADER Programme team
James Webb, Programme Manager on 01451 862033
Lioba Erwert, Programme Assistant 01451 862001
Mandy Pressland, Programme Assistant