Forestry Commission promoting free support to forestry businesses

September 19, 2014

Forestry Commission England are promoting free support to forestry businesses in relation to new grants within the new Rural Development Programme, set to start in 2015.

Details of future schemes are yet to be decided or announced but if arrangements are similar to the last programme the mos obvious interest for grant support might include kit (timber harvesting, extraction and primary processing equipment) with an emphasis on innovation.  But potentially also in scope is venison processing, training, business support, co-operation/collaboration and advisory services.

During 2014 the Forestry Commission is offering free support to forestry businesses with an idea to expand their business but struggle to pull the necessary paperwork together.  This support, provided by a consortium of forestry initiatives and specialists throughout England, will help with business planning, financial forecasting, legal agreements, identify the right technical solutions and the best fit grant.

Businesses within Yorkshire and the North East are encouraged to register their interest with Richard Pow at richard.pow@forestry.gsi.gov.uk , as soon as possible.

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