3rd March 2010

Get your Grants!

Get your Grants!

Shropshire’s Sustainable Tourism Business Grant Scheme is continuing to offer eligible businesses up to £12,000 for revenue and capital projects. New Rural Enterprise Grants are also available to farm businesses or new or existing micro businesses wishing to diversify into Tourism, Food and Drink or Environmental Technologies.

The Sustainable Tourism Business Grant Scheme, funded through Advantage West Midlands and administered by Shropshire Council, can give eligible businesses up to £2,000 for revenue projects and up to £10,000 for capital projects.

What this could mean for your business:

  • A new website or improvements to your existing website – availability systems, search engine optimisation, design, photography, copywriting and so on
  • A bespoke marketing review undertaken by tourism marketing professionals that recommends ways in which to develop your business further
  • Direct marketing support and advice
  • New print material such as brochures, leaflets, letter headed paper or business cards
  • Improvement work on new buildings, or conversion of existing buildings
  • New facilities for visitors

Eligible businesses include:

  • Accommodation businesses, including pubs
  • Visitor Attractions
  • Conference and meetings businesses that attract visitors to stay
  • Tourism activity providers e.g. cycle hire, equestrian, walking
  • Food & Drink producers – where grant is to increase tourism potential
  • Craft/artisan businesses – where grant is to increase tourism potential

This grant scheme is available to businesses in Shropshire’s Rural Regeneration Zone.

Telephone Shropshire Tourism on 01743 261919 or email enquiries@shropshiretourism.co.uk to check your eligibility and find out more about eligible projects.

Shropshire Tourism has undertaken a number of marketing reviews for business as part of this grant scheme. Here are just a few of the comments received:

“We were very pleased with an efficient and professional review providing us with a comprehensive report on how the business was currently running, this provided relevant and feasible conclusions and recommendations for the future of our business. With a comprehensive knowledge of the tourism industry we wouldn't hesitate to use the services of Shropshire Tourism again."

Gill & Tim Bebbington, Botvyle Farm Holiday Cottages, Nr. Church Stretton (self catering)

"Thank you for all of your advice. We both felt excited, enthusiastic and inspired by your ideas."

Jane Knill & Fiona Bentley - Bramleys, Whitcott Keysett, Nr. Clun (self catering)

"Many thanks for the comprehensive Marketing Review. I have found the document extremely helpful in identifying what we need to do at Angel House to improve our visibility and identity in what is a rather competitive market place. Your approach has been professional and thorough, friendly and helpful and not at all bureaucratic, which is often one of the concerns!"

Nick Westington – Angel House Bed & Breakfast, Nr. Ludlow

"Just a note to say thanks very much for the support and advice during the recent Marketing review for Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club, I shall no doubt be coming back to you for more advice as we put some of the recommendations into place! I found the process of the Marketing Review carried out by Shropshire Tourism extremely useful and comprehensive. Shropshire Tourism were quick to understand the needs of our business and have given us some excellent ideas to help us grow the business in these difficult times."

Graham Pain - Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club

New Capital Grants Available  

Rural Enterprise Grants are available to farm businesses or new or existing micro businesses wishing to diversify into Tourism, Food and Drink or Environmental Technologies.

The Rural Enterprise Grant (REG) can fund up to 40% of small-scale diversification and business development projects for the benefit of rural businesses. It is funded under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is available to farmers and specific micro-businesses in the West Midlands region (a micro-business is a business that has less than 10 full time employees and a turnover of less than €2m).

To find out more about the grant, contact the Rural Enterprise Grant Managers, Dorothy Coleman or Caroline Cattle on 01432 383616 or 01432 260662.

Sarah Sneyd, Rural Grants Project Officer at the Shropshire Hills AONB Office, The Old Post Office, Craven Arms will also be holding meetings between 9.30am and 2.45pm on Tuesday 16th March 2010 to discuss any project ideas or to see how the REG could help you and your business. Booking is essential – to book an appointment call Sarah on 07792 881 384.


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