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The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has brought some Christmas cheer to a local vineyard with the first Growing Hull and East Yorkshire grant.

R.J. Wilson Ltd, owners of Little Wold Vineyard, in South Cave, has been awarded £40,495.77 towards creating their own in-house winery.

Not only will the grant support the Vineyard to expand their production capabilities, by creating an onsite winery with facility warehousing, but it will create two new roles at the business. The expansion will also give visitors a more in-depth experience – as they’ll be able to see first-hand where the wine is made.

The business currently has their award-winning wines produced off-site, and by building the facilities to produce wine on-site instead the company will make their operations more cost effective – reducing production costs and enabling duty-free storage – as well as making their business greener with fewer transportation needs, reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

The grant has been provided through the Humber LEP’s Growing Hull and East Yorkshire programme, which is funded through the Getting Building Fund, part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse. The Humber region received £13.4m towards projects that create jobs and allow businesses to achieve their growth ambitions.

Alice Maltby, Partner at R.J. Wilson Ltd, said: “We are hugely grateful to the Humber LEP for selecting us to receive this grant.  It has been a life line in these difficult times and is enabling us to grow our business despite the pandemic. We look forward to growing our team and producing more award winning wines here in East Yorkshire.”

Stephen Parnaby OBE, Chair of the Humber LEP, said: “We’re thrilled to be awarding Little Wold Vineyard our very first Growing Hull and East Yorkshire Grant. This funding, part of the Government’s Getting Building Fund, is allowing businesses with growth ambitions to expand their operations and create and safeguard jobs.

“We’re pleased that this East Yorkshire business will now be able to create a new winery, bringing production in-house, and that this will provide not just new jobs but a better visitor experience for their customers.”