West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Mc Aleer encourages people to join the Rural Business Investment Scheme workshops

Published: 14 October, 2016

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has encouraged rural businesses, individuals and groups to take part in the Rural Business Investment Scheme workshops which take place at venues throughout Fermanagh and Omagh from 18th October to 2nd November. Mr Mc Aleer said "The Fermanagh and Omagh Local Action Group has allocated £3 million of their £6.8 million allocation to the Rural Business Investment Scheme. The scheme will offer capital funding of £5000 to £30,000 with 50% match funding for new or existing businesses. "The priority sectors identified are IT, Creative industries, Specialist health & wellbeing and service provision. "The scheme is open to individuals, micro and small enterprises, new and existing businesses, farmers (for diversification) and social enterprises. The overriding objective is job creation, so prospective applicants must demonstrate on their business plan that jobs can be created. "In addition to demonstrating job creation, applicants should have a detailed business plan, quotations, evidence of match funding and all necessary statutory approvals, including planning permission (where necessary). "It is mandatory for applicants to take part in one of the workshops before submitting an application. Attendance at a workshop is the only point of entry for the scheme and attendance also includes the requirement to complete an expression of interest form on the night. "The workshops take place each evening at 7pm at the following locations - Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown on 18th October; Castle Park Leisure Centre, Lisnaskea on 24th October; Ecclesville Centre Fintona on 26th October; Milestone centre Carrickmore on 27th October and Belcoo Community Centre on 2nd November. "The Rural Business Investment Scheme is a great opportunity particularly in the current austere economic climate. I strongly encourage prospective applicants to join the funding workshops and get advice and support on their business plans from sources such as the Go for It programme". For further details, telephone the LAG on 028 8225 0202