Rural Businesses showcased at Balmoral
Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has said the Rural Development Programme continues to deliver tremendous support to the agri-food industry and rural communities.
Speaking during a visit to the LEADER Marquee at the Balmoral Show, the Minister revealed that from an overall budget of £500m, several thousand projects have been supported by the Programme creating new business and new employment opportunities in rural areas.
The Minister said: “The NI Rural Development Programme is revitalising our local economy with financial support, encouraging and inspiring new projects. Structured across 3 axes, it brings together a wide range of support schemes and programmes for the farming, forestry and primary processing sectors. Rural enterprise, business development as well as diversification, village renewal and rural tourism are all beneficiaries also.”
The Minister revealed that over £73million has also been committed to almost 1,500 projects under Axis 3, assisting over 290 farm businesses to diversify. Additionally investments have supported 241 micro-enterprises and created almost 308 new jobs providing further economic and quality of life stimulus in rural communities. “Strategic projects too have given the rural north a real boost, providing vital investment in our rural areas, with over £15.9m committed – a figure I would see rising considerably in 2013/14,” she added.
More than 30 businesses from across the north featured in the LEADER exhibition during the three-day show.
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Pictured with the Minister in the LEADER Marquee are Emma Stubbs (GROW South Antrim Local Action Group), Joyce McMullan, Teresa Canavan and Aileen Donnelly (Rural Network for Northern Ireland).
Notes to editors:
- The Rural Development Programme (RDP) is aimed at improving the economic, social and environmental conditions in rural areas throughout the north. It brings together a wide range of support schemes and programmes for the farming, forestry and primary processing sectors, rural enterprise and business development, diversification and rural tourism. It includes measures to support and encourage rural communities and delivers initiatives for local innovation in rural areas.
- Business projects exhibiting under the RDP banner at Balmoral Show are:
Clementsmount Fun Farm - www.clementsmountfunfarm.co.uk
DISCO (Paul Donnelly trading) - www.hurricanegaragesystems.com
Foyle Hovercrafting & Leisure - www.foylehov.com
East Coast Adventure Ltd - www.eastcoastadventure.com
Embroidery NI - www.embroideryni.info
GH Engineering - www.ghengineering.info
Glendale Tree Services - www.glendaletreeservices.com
Homecraft Revival - www.homecraftrevival.com
Kearney Vintage Tractors - www.kearneyvintagetractors.co.uk
M&K Units, Hillsborough
Oddball Engineering Solutions - www.oddballengineering.com
Sullivans Engineering – www.sullivansengineering.co.uk
Tullyveery House Weddings - www.tullyveeryhouseweddings.co.uk
Westwinds Wind Turbines - www.westwindturbines.co.uk
Willowtree Cottage Timber Products - www.willow3.com
Ardclinis Outdoor Adventure - www.ardclinis.com
Clerk Coatings - www.facebook.com/clerkcoatings
Elite Granite - www.elitegraniteni.com
Fourds Blinds - www.blocblinds.co.uk
H2 Engineering - www.h2engineering.co.uk
Linton Solutions - www.lintonsolutions.com
Saint Maren - www.saintmaren.com
Signstik Ltd, Crumlin
Aquaholics - www.aquaholics.org
BlokartFun - www.blokartfun.co.uk
Friends of Lissan House - www.lissanhouse.com
Hillmount BBQ Academy - www.hillmount.co.uk
Display only exhibits:
Antrim Hills Spring Water - http://antrimhills.com
Autism NI - www.autismni.org
Belle Isle Estate - www.belle-isle.com
Deepa Mann-Kier Fine Arts
Graceys Barn - www.graceysbarn.co.uk
Tots Pots - www.totspotsceramics.co.uk
Lorraine McGonigle Bridal - https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.mcgonigledressmaking
Railway Preservation Society of Ireland - www.steamtrainsireland.com/
Victoria Glenn Textiles - www.victoria-glenn.com
Whitewater Brewery - whitewaterbrewing.co.uk
- The Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (NIRDP) is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and over this period is worth £500million to the north.
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