Rural Growth Network launched
Caroline Spelman MP, Minister for the Department of the Environment and Rural Affairs, has launched the Rural Growth Network (RGN) initiative.
The scheme, worth £2.9m to the HotSW area, is one of five pilots around the UK - spearheading a national drive to encourage economic growth and enterprise in rural areas.
Ms Spelman met with representatives from HotSW, as well as Leaders and Deputy Leaders of Devon and Somerset County Councils. The Minister visited Highbridge, one of the proposed locations for the pilot, where a business park is planned to create incubation and light industrial business units, providing a ‘cradle to growth’ approach.
Chair of HotSW Tim Jones said: "This is an exciting challenge for Devon and Somerset and will give us the opportunity of showcasing our many dynamic rural businesses and how it is possible to promote new and innovative ways to achieve rural economic growth."
HotSW are still in dialogue with Defra, finalising details on the RGN: an update will be forthcoming in the near future.
To find out more visit the HotSW website.