Money offered to help small firms in Thame

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Small rural businesses and farms in South Oxfordshire are being invited to come and find out about the support and money available to them.

The event is being held on Thursday 20 October between 4.15pm and 6.30pm at Denman College in Marcham.

The ‘Local Action Network Event’ is designed to bring together rural businesses looking to develop projects which would provide a boost to the area.

It is known as the Leader programme, started in 2009, and is a joint initiative involving South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils.

The evening will provide details of how the scheme has already helped businesses in the area – and guest speakers will be on hand to talk about how the funding has specifically helped their projects.

The programme has £1.89 million of European funding to support rural projects, including farms, tourism businesses and community projects.

Judith Nimmo-Smith, cabinet member for economic development at South Oxfordshire said: “We hope that as many rural businesses as possible take this opportunity to come and find out about the support and funding which is on offer to help them develop and support the local economy.”

Rural community groups are also able to attend the event and apply for funding.

Details can be found at www.southernoxfordshireleader.org.uk