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Strategic Economic Infrastructure Fund (SEIF)

This Fund focuses investment on the development of business infrastructure in key economic centres in rural areas, including the larger rural hub towns / market towns, industrial and commercial sites, and smaller rural towns and villages.

The key aim is to provide the infrastructure needed to enable businesses in rural areas to trade and grow, including premises for new micro enterprises, small firms needing move-on accommodation, and facilities for larger and growing businesses.

The types of activities and investments to be supported include:
 

  • Development of business workspace / accommodation for multiple end users. This could include refurbishment of existing buildings, bringing redundant buildings back into use, and new build developments.
  • Creation of rural enterprise hubs, providing shared managed workspace to accommodate multiple micro enterprises under the same roof.
  • Stimulating investment in tourism infrastructure (including attractions and associated quality accommodation and events facilities) where raising the quality of the offer will improve the economic performance of the rural economy by attracting additional, higher spending visitors from outside of the NE LEP area.

This fund is now closed for applications, however if you think you have a project that would have been suitable for the fund please let us know by emailing jude.leitch@advancenorthumberland.co.uk so that we can contact you if a future funding call is announced.

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