24 January 2012>
Rural businesses in the Caerphilly county borough have received a major boost from a special grant fund aimed at supporting budding firms.
Since 2008 organisations in the area have been eligible to bid for funding from the Wales Rural Development Plan, which is jointly funded by the European Union and the Welsh Government (WG).
Under the latest scheme, which started last year, eleven separate projects in the Caerphilly county borough have benefitted from nearly £150,000 grant support. The money is allocated by the Caerffili Cwm a Mynydd Partnership and the recipients are:
- Alexandra Hunter DipWCF (Farrier), Ystrad Mynach
- Baked, Machen
- Blaengawney Cider, Crumlin
- Cabot Aluminium Ltd, Ystrad Mynach
- Castle Chocolates, Bedwas
- Craft Wales Ltd, Ystrad Mynach
- CreativeTea, Nelson
- The Pamper Haven, Machen
- Plant 2 Plate, Machen
- Ultimate Arcade Cabinets, Bedwas
- The White Cross, Groeswen
Cllr Ron Davies, CCBC cabinet member for regeneration and chair of the Caerffili Cwm a Mynydd Partnership said, "It's great to see that this funding is being put to good use in the heart of our community to help promote rural businesses. The Caerphilly county borough is 75% rural and we are delighted that we have committed most of our £200,000 funding allocation helping these worthwhile projects."
"I would urge rural businesses within the area that may be eligible for this grant support to get in touch and find out what we can do to help," he added.
The Budding Businesses grant scheme is able to assist eligible sustainable projects that promote Caerphilly's rural produce and industries through a mixture of capital and revenue grants.
For more information about the grant scheme and the Rural Development Plan visit - www.caerphilly.gov.uk/cwmamynydd or call Dan Coles on 01443 838632.
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