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On Wednesday 04 December, a free workshop will take place in Pocklington showcasing funding opportunities for micro, small and medium-sized rural businesses in the Humber.

Delegates will hear about the RDPE Rural Growth Programme, which is making further grants available for projects focused on food processing, rural business development and rural tourism infrastructure (including tourism accommodation).

The Humber and York, North Yorkshire & East Riding LEPs are working with the RDPE team in delivering this event to provide potential applicants with information about:

  • the various grants available
  • what is eligible and non-eligible activity
  • how to apply
  • Case Studies from successful applicants

The Humber Business Growth Hub will also be there to provide an overview of the other funding and business support that is available to businesses in the Humber, along with a number of its partners including The Supply Chain Network and Rural Community Energy Fund.

The event will take place at the Kilnwick Percy Resort, Pocklington, York YO42 1UF.

Registration and a buffet lunch will be available from 12.30pm, with the main event commencing at 1.15pm and finishing at 3.30pm.  Networking opportunities will be available both before the event over lunch and at the end.

To book a place go to:

To find out more about funding opportunities from the Rural Development Programme for England Growth Programme go to:

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Laura Barley
Laura Barley

As Business Programme Manager, Laura leads on the Humber’s European Structural and Investment Funds programme which is investing over £87.7m in the Humber. Laura’s role is to ensure that the Humber area gains maximum impact from these funds, that the LEP’s ESIF Strategy is delivered and that activity is aligned with the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan.  This includes providing advice to the Humber ESIF Sub-Committee, development of implementation plans and subsequent call documents and overseeing the implementation of projects being supported through the programme. Before joining the Humber LEP, Laura managed North Lincolnshire Council’s Economic Development Team which included the management of the £10m North Lincolnshire Regional Growth Fund Programme.  Prior to this, Laura held a number of roles at Yorkshire Forward including the management of investments being made in the Humber through the Renaissance Towns Programme.