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RDPE Growth Programme – the details are out…

On Friday, I blogged about the RDPE Growth Programme announcement. The scheme opened Monday and following the release of the handbooks, I am able to summarise the types of grants that are available.

As I said in my previous post, the RDPE Growth Programme is structured around three types of grant and each LEP area has its own allocation of funds for each type.

I have been working with my colleagues across the PKF Francis Clark offices to produce a summary for each grant type, including the local priorities for projects for each LEP area in which we have an office in.

Overview of grant type for each LEP area

By clicking on the heading for a specific grant type below, you can see an overview including an initial look at who the grant is aimed at.

Extracts from handbook:

LEP areaCIOSHeart of South West, Dorset, West of England, Swindon and Wiltshire
Who can apply?Small rural businesses – new or existing. That includes farmers who want to diversify into non- agricultural activity.
What are grants for?To help rural businesses grow and create more jobs.  Grant funding can help pay for:

  • constructing or improving buildings.
  • buying new equipment and machinery.
Min and max grant£20k to £175k
Intervention rate50%40%

 

National prioritiesSee page 15 of the handbook. These include:

  • Creates new, higher-skilled or higher-paid jobs.
  • Creates at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Helps your business sell goods or services to new customers or markets.
Deadline for EOIMidnight 16 February 2020

 

Extracts from the handbook:

LEP areaCIOSHeart of South West, Dorset, West of England, Swindon and Wiltshire
Who can apply?These grants are for food and drink businesses that process   Annex I agricultural and horticultural products (see appendix on page 69). Examples include meat, milk, grain and root vegetables.  Any size business can apply, but priority will be given to micro, small and medium-sized businesses.
What are grants for?These grants are to help businesses grow and create more jobs. Grant funding can help pay for:

  • constructing or improving buildings.
  • buying new equipment and machinery.
Min and max grantSee page 20 and 21 of the handbook as it depends on a number of factors:

  • Whether your raw materials and/ or end product are Annexe I.
  • Size of business.

But the maximum grant if you produce Annex I products is £750,000.

Intervention rate
National priorities for projectsSee page 16 of the Handbook.  These include:

  • Creates at least onw FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Provides direct benefits to the farmers and growers who supply the raw materials, particularly local farmers and growers.
  • Introduces new techniques, equipment or processes to a business to make it more productive.
Deadline for EOIMidnight 16 February 2020

 

Extracts from handbook:

LEP areaCIOSHeart of South West, Dorset, West of England, Swindon and Wiltshire
Who can apply?If the project is commercial and intended to make a profit, only small businesses and farmers who want to diversify can apply. If the project is not expected to make a profit, a wide range of organisations can apply.
What are grants for?The grants will help fund the costs of capital expenditure on tourism infrastructure.  The aim is to support projects that will encourage more tourists to come, to stay longer and to spend more money in rural areas.
Min and max grant£20k to £175k
Intervention rate50%40%
National priorities for projectsSee page 17 of the handbook.  These include:

  • Create at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Creates skilled jobs attracts tourists outside the usual period of May to October.
  • The project provides benefits to the wider tourism economy in the rural area.
Deadline for EOIMidnight 16 February 2020

 


National and Local Priorities

If you have a project that fits with one of the grant types, I would suggest that you:

  • Click on the relevant headings below to my colleagues’ summaries of the national and local priorities for each grant type in your LEP area.
  • Take a look at the flow diagram to assist in an initial assessment of whether your business fulfils the eligibility criteria for grants from the RDPE Growth Programme.
  • If, you think you are eligible and have project that meets the criteria, I would have a detailed look at the handbook and start to reach out for assistance (which may include clarification re eligibility etc).

If you have any questions following reading the above or below, please do not hesitate to contact your usual PKF Francis Clark contact, or the person named on the relevant section below.

Business Development

Grant typeBusiness Development
National Priorities
  • Creates at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Increases the turnover and profitability of a business.
  • Introduces new techniques, equipment or processes to a business to make it more productive.
  • Helps your business sell goods or services to new customers or markets.
  • Helps your business access export markets.
Local PrioritiesPriority will be given to projects that:

  • generate growth through an increase in turnover and jobs in the applicant business.
  • improve productivity in the applicant business.
  • create jobs that are paid above the average annual salary for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (£19,247)
  • enable farm businesses to diversify into non-agricultural activities, including:

–       creation of office space/work-space to fulfil evidenced local need.

–       development of craft and handicraft activity.

–       leisure, recreational and sport activities.

–       added value processing of agricultural and horticultural products.

  • create new and expand existing micro and small businesses in rural areas.
  • allow the applicant business to start exporting products, or increase the volume of products exported.
  • reduce the need for imports.
  • invest in equipment, technologies or processes, which can include commercialising academic research or trials, to make new or higher quality products.
  • invest in, equipment, technologies or processes to reduce waste, where this forms part of the project.
HandbookLink

 

Food Processing

Grant typeFood processing
National Priorities
  • Creates at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Increases the turnover and profitability of a business.
  • Provides direct benefits to the farmers and growers who supply the raw materials, particularly local farmers and growers.
  • Helps you sell more products locally, nationally or through exports.
  • Introduces new techniques, equipment or processes to a business to make it more productive.
  • Creates new and useful links between businesses – for example between growers and processors.
Local PrioritiesThe purpose of this call is to add value to primary agricultural and horticultural products that will result in growth, improve productivity and/or create new, high-value knowledge-based jobs.

All projects must be located in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly LEP area and demonstrate how the farmers and growers who supply the raw materials will benefit from the project.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • generate growth through an increase in turnover and jobs in the applicant business.
  • improve productivity in the applicant business.
  • create jobs that are paid above the average annual salary for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (£19,247).
HandbookLink

 

Rural Tourism Infrastructure

Grant typeRural Tourism Infrastructure
National Priorities
  • Create at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Creates skilled jobs.
  • Attracts tourists outside the usual period of May to October.
  • Creates or develops tourist attractions and infrastructure to increase the range of attractions available locally, encourage tourists to stay longer and increase their spend.
  • The project provides benefits to the wider tourism economy in the rural area.
Local PrioritiesThese grants are for capital investments to develop and improve the quality of the offer in order to grow tourism in rural areas. There is scope for growth in rural and farm based tourism.  This will help to grow the overall visitor economy in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (CIoS) LEP area. The aim is to support projects benefiting a number of businesses. However investments in individual businesses will also be considered. These investments will attract more visitors helping rural businesses and communities benefit from the value of tourism.

Priority will be given to projects that show one or more of the following:

  • benefit the rural area as a whole including multiple businesses, not just the applicant business.
  • improve the range and quality of tourism products for example by investing in leisure, cultural and heritage amenities.
  • create jobs that are paid above the average annual salary for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (£19,247).
  • generate growth through an increase in turnover and jobs in the applicant business by increasing the volume and value of rural and farm based tourism in the off-peak season, for example by creating new all-weather tourist attractions and activities.
  • improve productivity in the applicant business.
  • attract more visitors from overseas.
  • increase the number of visitor overnight stays. Improvements in the quality of accommodation facilities will only be considered where any improvements will lead to an increase in the “star” or “quality rating” of the provider by a recognised tourism accreditation scheme.
  • develop and increase outdoor tourism, for example cycling and walking.
  • fit with the local tourism strategy and relevant destination management plan.
  • improve the competitiveness of micro and small businesses in the tourism sector in rural areas.
  • show innovation where there is clear market need and demand.

Applications need to show the local need and demand for the project that will grow the market overall and not simply take trade from other businesses.  These grants will not support projects that: creates new visitor accommodation  refurbish, repair or maintain existing accommodation where the current standard of facilities and/or accreditation rating is retained.

HandbookLink

 PKF Francis Clark contact:

Andrew James

E: Andrew.James@pkf-francisclark.co.uk

T: 01872 246584

Business Development

Grant typeBusiness Development
National Priorities
  • Creates at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Increases the turnover and profitability of a business.
  • Introduces new techniques, equipment or processes to a business to make it more productive.
  • Helps your business sell goods or services to new customers or markets.
  • Helps your business access export markets.
Local PrioritiesRural areas make up over 90% of The Heart of the South West LEP area.  The ESIF Strategy shows that it is difficult for micro and small businesses to access finance to grow their businesses.  An important action is to provide grant funding to help create new and expand existing micro and small businesses in rural areas.  These grants are for capital investment to create new jobs, grow the economy and improve productivity in The Heart of the South West rural area.

Applicants can be:

  • farm businesses wanting to diversify into non-agricultural activities.
  • new or existing micro and small businesses, including social enterprises, in rural areas from all other sectors of the economy.

Priority will be given to projects that show two or more of the following:

  • increase business productivity.
  • create higher skilled (Level 4 or above) and/or higher paid (above £24,700) full time equivalent (FTE) jobs.
  • create new resilient and ambitious businesses with evidenced future growth potential bring to the market new or improved products or services.
  • implement new processes, techniques or technologies to the applicant business.
  • allow entry to new markets, including export markets.

Support may be available to projects creating buildings for rent or lease, but only where there is clear evidence of need and demand. This includes projects such as offices, workshops, and factories.

HandbookLink

 

Food Processing

Grant typeFood processing
National Priorities
  • Creates at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Increases the turnover and profitability of a business.
  • Provides direct benefits to the farmers and growers who supply the raw materials, particularly local farmers and growers.
  • Helps you sell more products locally, nationally or through exports
  • Introduces new techniques, equipment or processes to a business to make it more productive.
  • Creates new and useful links between businesses – for example between growers and processors.
Local PrioritiesThe aim of these grants is to create or expand food and drink processing businesses leading to growth and productivity gains in the Heart of the South West economy.

Priority will be given to capital investment projects that:

  • increase business productivity.
  • create jobs that are:

–   higher skilled – Level 4 or above

–   higher paid – above £24,700 per annum for a full time equivalent

  • create new or improved products.
  • adopt new (to the applicant business) techniques and processes.
  • access new markets, including export markets.
  • align with the Food Enterprise Zone at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet and/or other recognised local food clusters / assets (such as Holsworthy), as outlined in the ‘Agricultural Sciences’ chapter of the Heart of the South West Smart Specialisation Approach and the Dartmoor and Exmoor Economic Prospectus.
HandbookLink

 

Rural Tourism Infrastructure

Grant typeRural Tourism Infrastructure
National Priorities
  • Create at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Creates skilled jobs.
  • Attracts tourists outside the usual period of May to October.
  • Creates or develops tourist attractions and infrastructure to increase the range of attractions available locally, encourage tourists to stay longer and increase their spend.
  • The project provides benefits to the wider tourism economy in the rural area.
Local PrioritiesThe Heart of the South West LEP area is a well-established visitor destination. There is potential to increase the value of tourism in the rural economy.

The aim is to expand the tourism offer based on food and drink tourism, culture and heritage, and the distinctive natural landscape of the LEP area, including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks.

These grants are for capital investments for new or enhanced rural tourism assets and infrastructure.

Priority will be given projects that show two or more of the following:

  • deliver new or enhanced high-quality visitor attractions and experiences.
  • extend the visitor season between October and March
  • attract higher-spending visitors.
  • create new tourism businesses with evidenced future growth potential and ambition, in particular those that can show they are resilient to economic and environmental changes.
  • fit with the local tourism strategy/plan and/or related policy documents.
  • New or expanded visitor accommodation is not a priority for this call. These projects will only be supported where there is clear unmet market need and demand.
HandbookLink

 PKF Francis Clark contact:

Matthew Day

E: Matthew.Day@pkf-francisclark.co.uk

T: 01392 407932

 

National and Local Priorities

Business Development

Grant typeBusiness Development
National Priorities
  • Creates at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Increases the turnover and profitability of a business.
  • Introduces new techniques, equipment or processes to a business to make it more productive.
  • Helps your business sell goods or services to new customers or markets.
  • Helps your business access export markets.
Local PrioritiesPriority will be given to projects that:

  • increase productivity through adoption of innovative techniques and technology.
  • create high value jobs, requiring higher skills.
  • create higher paid jobs than the current average in the applicant business.
  • provide jobs that link with skills development activity underway in the Dorset LEP area.
  • reduce the environmental impact of the business or product as a part of the wider project.
HandbookLink

 

Food Processing

Grant typeFood processing
National Priorities
  • Creates at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Increases the turnover and profitability of a business.
  • Provides direct benefits to the farmers and growers who supply the raw materials, particularly local farmers and growers.
  • Helps you sell more products locally, nationally or through exports.
  • Introduces new techniques, equipment or processes to a business to make it more productive.
  • Creates new and useful links between businesses – for example between growers and processors.
Local PrioritiesThe Dorset Strategic Economic Plan and ESIF Strategy prioritises increasing manufacturing productivity to create new higher skilled jobs and take advantage of new national and international markets.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • adopt new techniques and processes to

o    increase productivity

o    create new high skilled jobs

  • increase the range of high-quality manufactured food products that use local produce
  • create new products for sale into new national and international markets
HandbookLink

 

Rural Tourism Infrastructure

Grant typeRural Tourism Infrastructure
National Priorities
  • Create at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Creates skilled jobs.
  • Attracts tourists outside the usual period of May to October.
  • Creates or develops tourist attractions and infrastructure to increase the range of attractions available locally, encourage tourists to stay longer and increase their spend.
  • The project provides benefits to the wider tourism economy in the rural area.
Local PrioritiesThese grants are for capital investments to develop and grow tourism in rural areas to increase visitor spend. The aim is to enhance the quality and distinctiveness of tourism in rural Dorset, particularly the countryside and coast line, as shown in the Dorset Destination Management Plan (DMP).  This will attract more visitors who spend more time and money in rural areas.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • create year round instead of seasonal jobs
  • encourage visitors to spend more during their stay
  • extend and/or improve the quality and interpretation of the network of recreational trails that allow visitors to explore the Dorset countryside and coast away from visitor hot-spots
  • provide more high quality and distinctive visitor accommodation, where there is clear evidence of need or demand such as linking with new or improved attractions, festivals or events.
  • meet the principles in the DMP, including benefiting local businesses and people.
  •  These grants will not support projects that refurbish, repair or maintain existing accommodation where the current standard of facilities and/or accreditation rating is retained.
HandbookLink

PKF Francis Clark contact:

Aaron Lawes

E: Aaron.Lawes@pkf-francisclark.co.uk

T: 01202 663619

Business Development

Grant typeBusiness Development
National Priorities
  • Creates at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Increases the turnover and profitability of a business.
  • Introduces new techniques, equipment or processes to a business to make it more productive.
  • Helps your business sell goods or services to new customers or markets.
  • Helps your business access export markets
Local PrioritiesThe West of England LEP area ESIF Strategy shows that it is difficult for micro and small businesses to access finance to grow their businesses.  Thus an important action is to provide grant funding to help create new and expand existing micro and small businesses in rural areas.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • enable farming businesses to diversify into non-agricultural activities.
  • manufacture new products.
  • adopt new processes.
  • allow the applicant business to enter new markets including to start or increase exporting
HandbookLink

 

Food Processing

Grant typeFood processing
National Priorities
  • Creates at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding
  • Increases the turnover and profitability of a business.
  • Provides direct benefits to the farmers and growers who supply the raw materials, particularly local farmers and growers.
  • Helps you sell more products locally, nationally or through exports.
  • Introduces new techniques, equipment or processes to a business to make it more productive.
  • Creates new and useful links between businesses – for example between growers and processors.
Local PrioritiesThese grants are to support projects of scale and impact to support food and drink production within the West of England LEP area.

Priority will be given to capital investment projects that:

  • adopt innovative techniques production processes by the applicant business.
  • enable the applicant business to start exporting products, or increase the volume of products exported.
  • create higher skilled jobs above the current average skill level of jobs in the applicant business.
  • show sustainable practices and the move to the low-carbon economy, as part of a larger project.
  • strengthen supply chains, invest in local food, joint-working and collaboration such as shared distribution facilities.
  • Process speciality foods especially those produced from within the LEP area and which contribute to the unique heritage offer of the area’s local food and drink demonstrate alignment with the Food Works SW programme.
HandbookLink

 

Rural Tourism Infrastructure

Grant typeRural Tourism Infrastructure
National Priorities
  • Create at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Creates skilled jobs.
  • Attracts tourists outside the usual period of May to October
  • Creates or develops tourist attractions and infrastructure to increase the range of attractions available locally, encourage tourists to stay longer and increase their spend.
  • The project provides benefits to the wider tourism economy in the rural area
Local PrioritiesThese grants are for capital investments to develop and grow tourism in rural areas. Investing in facilities and infrastructure will increase the number of jobs in, and improve the economic and community benefits of, tourism in the West of England LEP area. The aim is to expand the tourism offer based on food and drink tourism, culture and heritage, and the distinctive natural landscape, including two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, of the West of England LEP area.

Priority will be given to projects that are able to demonstrate two or more of the following criteria:

  • create new or enhance high-quality outdoor leisure activities and experiences for visitors.
  • increase the number of overnight stays in rural areas.
  • attract more visitors, particularly outside the normal tourist season between October and March.
  • create economic benefits to a number of businesses, not just the applicant business show partnership-working and shared benefits of the grant with other businesses to build on the existing visitor offer.

New or expanded visitor accommodation is not a priority for these grants and will only be supported where there is clear evidence of market need and demand.

HandbookLink

 PKF Francis Clark contact:

E: David.Manning@pkf-francisclark.co.uk

T: 01823 697100

Business Development

Grant typeBusiness Development
National Priorities
  • Creates at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Increases the turnover and profitability of a business.
  • Introduces new techniques, equipment or processes to a business to make it more productive.
  • Helps your business sell goods or services to new customers or markets.
  • Helps your business access export markets.
Local PrioritiesPriority will be given to projects that:

  • increase sustainable use of the natural environment, landscape and natural resources
  • are from the following sectors:

o    land-based industries.

o    advanced engineering and manufacturing.

o    health and life science.

o    financial and professional services.

o    Digital and Information and Communications Technology

  • bring to market innovative facilities, work spaces, products, goods and services that can also achieve wider benefits, such as:

o    improved environmental conditions for water and air quality and the efficient use of natural resources.

o    opportunities for access to natural environments, leading to improved public health, learning and employability.

o    improved productivity and diversity of land-use and other natural resources.

HandbookLink

 

Food Processing

Grant typeFood processing
National Priorities
  • Creates at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.
  • Increases the turnover and profitability of a business.
  • Provides direct benefits to the farmers and growers who supply the raw materials, particularly local farmers and growers.
  • Helps you sell more products locally, nationally or through exports.
  • Introduces new techniques, equipment or processes to a business to make it more productive.
  • Creates new and useful links between businesses – for example between growers and processors.
Local PrioritiesPriority will be given to projects that:

  • bring new products to the market.
  • show innovation, including joint-ventures and partnership-working.
  • allow businesses to start exporting or increase the volume of products exported.
  • increase productivity of the business, for example by.

o    adopting new processes.

o    introducing new technologies.

o    rationalising supply chains.

  • create new jobs in the applicant business.
  • use natural resources efficiently and/or sustainably, as part of a larger project.
HandbookLink

 

Rural Tourism Infrastructure

Grant typeRural Tourism Infrastructure
National PrioritiesCreate at least one FTE job for every £30,000 of grant funding.

  • Creates skilled jobs.
  • Attracts tourists outside the usual period of May to October.
  • Creates or develops tourist attractions and infrastructure to increase the range of attractions available locally, encourage tourists to stay longer and increase their spend.
  • The project provides benefits to the wider tourism economy in the rural area
Local PrioritiesThese grants are for capital investments for the creation of visitor attractions and infrastructure to improve the rural tourism offer. This will attract more domestic and overseas visitors who will spend more time and money in rural parts of the LEP area.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • create new visitor attractions and experiences.
  • create and develop overnight tourism accommodation to at least 4 star or equivalent accreditation rating where relevant to the type of accommodation.
  • new accommodation linking to local attractions.
  • increase the length of visitor stays.
  • extend the visitor season between October and March to increase the number of out of season visits.
  • attract higher spending visitors
HandbookLink

 PKF Francis Clark contact:

Richard Owen

E: Richard.Owen@pkf-francisclark.co.uk

T: 0172 2439460

 

 

Eligibility Flowchart

Eligibility for a specific type of grant is dependent on size of business and location.  We have tried to summarise the main criteria in the flowchart below.  This is a rough guide only and we would suggest you consult the handbook for clarification.

 

Breakfast briefing

On 3 December 2019, I am planning to host a breakfast briefing in our Truro office for businesses from Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LEP area that are interested in hearing more about the RDPE Growth Programme.  Book your place here. My colleagues may also do something similar in other offices.

By Andrew James

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