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This week’s guest panelist is Bridgette Brew, Rural Enterprise Animator with Clare Local Development Company. CLDC is one of 2000 local organisations across Europe responsible for administering the LEADER programme in their community. LEADER is a European programme which works to develop the rural economy.
Bridgette explains that CLDC has €2m to invest in rural enterprises. The challenge for them is to encourage and inspire rural entrepreneurs. They’ve organised a series of animation events, with case studies of successful enterprises. The next event will be in Doonbeg on April 4th.
Also discussed this week: ISME mark the government’s report card; late payments send businesses to the wall; department stores and electrical stores thrive in a retail slump; and the sweet success of sugar free chocolate.
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Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan has announced that €5 million in funding will be provided in 2012/2013 to support the creation and development of Agri-Food enterprises in rural Ireland. Based on recent research conducted by the Local Development sector this funding has the potential to create more than 200 jobs directly as well as sustaining a number of jobs currently available in the sector.
This funding, provided under the Adding Value to Agricultural Products measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (RDP) will bridge the gap generated when this type of funding was suspended under the Business Creation and Development Measure of the RDP in early 2011 and will provide much needed support to Artisan food producers in Ireland.
The funding will be delivered using the “bottom up” LEADER approach through the 35 Local Development Companies contracted to deliver the RDP in Ireland.
Anyone wishing to inquire about this funding should contact their Local Development Company; contact details for all companies contracted to deliver the RDP in Ireland can be found on at www.environ.ie