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Public invited to rural business funding seminar

Published: 12 June, 2015

Declan Mc Aleer MLA, Nick O Shiel CEO of Omagh Enterprise Company and Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald launching the rural business funding seminar which will take place in Mountfield on Saturday 20th June from 10am - 12.30pm

Declan Mc Aleer MLA, Nick O Shiel CEO of Omagh Enterprise Company and Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald launching the rural business funding seminar which will take place in Mountfield on Saturday 20th June from 10am - 12.30pm

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has invited rural business owners and those interested in starting a business in rural areas to a funding seminar in Mountfield, Co. Tyrone on Saturday 20th June. According to Mr Mc Aleer, who sits on the Assembly's DARD committee "The Rural Business Investment Scheme is scheduled to open for applications in 2015 and is available to private individuals and community-based organisations. "This programme will provide grant aid for new and established businesses and is an excellent opportunity for people with a business idea and for those who wish to grow and develop existing businesses. "The fund will provide capital grants with some support for marketing and bespoke training. It proposes 50% funding for private businesses and 75% funding for Social Economy Enterprises. "Support is available to existing businesses and new start-ups BUT if an existing business applies, support will only be provided for activities that the beneficiary has never carried out before applying; Mr Mc Aleer was keen to stress that this is a separate programme from the larger Farm Business Improvement Scheme and will potentially fund . "At this stage, the technical document relating to the scheme is under consideration by the European Commission but I have noted a few key points, particularly the requirement for applicants to have a business plan. "In preparation for this funding programme, I have organised a 'Rural Business Seminar' in St Brigid's Primary School, Mountfield on Saturday 20th June from 10am-12.30pm (tea served from 9.30am). "This will be addressed by key note speakers from DARD who will elaborate on the technical details of the scheme and draw on experiences of the previous programme; Omagh Enterprise Company to offer advice on business planning and the Rural Development Council to outline what support and training is available for businesses. "The key objective of this seminar is to help individuals and groups with a business idea get prepared for this funding opportunity and I extend an open invitation to everyone". To register, please email declanmcaleermla@hotmail.com