Cornish cider company shows potential of rural funding

A Cornish cider maker and grower has expanded with support from a Defra-administered EU fund which has just opened for further applications.

Image: Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm
Image: Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm

Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm of Truro was awarded almost £1.3 million of funding last under the Rural Development Programme, enabling it to build new cider processing and bottling plant facilities, along with a new visitor centre, costing £3.4m in total, which opened in March.

As a result, 11 new jobs have been created and six new products or techniques introduced, including a bottling line and the launch of a new low alcohol cider.

Head of commercial activity Joe Healey said: "The Rural Development Programme has been a fantastic opportunity for Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm. I would encourage all rural businesses to apply."

A further £24 million has been made available for rural businesses from today under a new round of the Growth Programme, farming minister George Eustice announced.

Local priorities have been established across the country to ensure the funding targets initiatives that will bring the biggest benefit locally, ranging from expanding or setting up or new businesses, developing new food processing facilities or promoting tourism.

Individual grants are worth upwards of £35,000 depending on the individual project and will be offered in nine Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). A further two rounds of the Growth programme are expected in August and September and the remaining LEP areas will be invited over the next few months to apply for grants to help them support their local rural communities.

Defra is the managing authority for Rural Development Programme for England, which is part-financed by the EU's European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

The find out more, see gov.uk/government/collections/growth-programme-grants-for-the-rural-economy.


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