News and Useful Contacts

Keep up to date wit the latest Rural Growth Network news.

For further information on other forms of small business grant support in Rural North East England contact:

RDPE Growth Programme (EAFRD)

Search for RDPE Growth on

Defra Rural Services Helpline 03000 200 301



The 2014 - 2020 LEADER Programme is now receiving funding applications. Further information is available from: 

Northumberland Coast and Lowlands LEADER
Ivan Hewitt

Northumberland Uplands LEADER
Gillian Cowell

Durham Coast and Lowlands LEADER
Sarah Marshall

North Pennine Dales LEADER
Pamela- Jane Harding

Other Useful Links

Rural Connect


Rural Services Network

National Farmers Union

Federation of Small Businesses


Country Land and Business Association