The deadline is almost upon us to claim from the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme. Applications need to be submitted before Midday on 14th March 2018.
- Who can claim? – Farmers in England
- What’s it for? – Purchase of smaller machinery and equipment which has been identified as helping achieve improvements in either: animal welfare, resource efficiency or nutrient management.
- How much can I claim? – Grants are from £3,000 to £12,000 and are up to 40% of the total costs.
For further information and a full list of eligible items please see the Small Grant Handbook on the Gov.uk website.
We are now one month on from ‘Brexit’ and the UK voting to leave the European Union. While there is still a large level of uncertainty regarding our country’s economic future, a particular concern for our county is the future availability of grant funding.
This uncertainty is likely set to remain at least until the government triggers Article 50 and begins the negotiation process to bring us out of the European Union entirely.
So far it’s “Business as usual”
Despite this overall level of uncertainty, we have not seen much, and it has not been reported back to us that there has been much, in the way of an adverse effect to current trading. So far it all seems to be “business as usual” how long this will stay the case remains to be seen.
Contact us if you have any concerns
If you have any concerns over Brexit and its short/long-term impact on your business we recommend that you contact us as we can help you plan and monitor your business’s performance in these uncertain times by providing assistance with discussing your business strategy, preparing budgets and forecasts and preparing up-to-date accurate management information with comparisons to your budgets.
Concerns clearly remain over grant funding with both the Cornwall County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership lobbying government to try and provide some measure of security, however, it should be noted that grant funding is still available in the interim. We recommend that you contact us if you have any queries or concerns regarding your current funding or if you were considering grant funding as an option.