In recognition of their contribution towards their local New Forest economy and potential for growth the company has been awarded EU LEADER money designed to seed-fund rural businesses. The grant will finance the building of a dedicated, tailor-made workshop and enable year-round, all weather topiary production.
Agrumi works for UK and international brands as well as individuals and small businesses in topirary design and fabrication. The company’s topiary can be used for promotion, display or for a private or public space. With the new workshop up and running the company will be producing more and bigger topiary sculptures and will be able to take on more staff.
Agrumi director Stanley Jackson said: "The grant will be a game changer for us. We’re a small firm with big ambitions. Our success so far has been built from hard work and good market knowledge. Now we’re ready to move to the next level and this seed money is helping us achieve our goals."
The LEADER programme supports economic growth and encourages job creation in rural areas. LEADER grants – ranging in value from £2,500 to £50,000 – are distributed by the EU and DEFRA through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and a network of Local Action Groups. Designed to be match-funded, grants can be used for up to 40 per cent of investment in certain types machinery, equipment and buildings. The Government recently confirmed that UK businesses will continue to benefit from EU funded programmes until the UK formally leaves the EU.