Thursday, 22 November 2012

Rural Development Conference for the North York Moors

Leading speakers on rural development will next week (November 27) address a key event on how millions of pounds worth of grants can be brought into the North York Moors.

The meeting at Grinkle Park Hotel in Easington will be a unique opportunity to hear about the next round of European Union Rural Development Funds for the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER area.

Speakers include Andy Tordoff, Head of the Rural Development Programme for England in Yorkshire and the North East, James Farrar, Chief Operating Officer at Business Inspired Growth and Stephen Catchpole, Managing Director of Tees Valley Unlimited Local Enterprise Partnership.

Discussion will focus on priorities for rural development over the next six to seven years.Mike Horrocks, programme manager for the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme, said:
“The event hopes to create the first steps towards a new local development strategy for the area and to start building positive partnerships between key stakeholders. We hope to attract farmers, businessmen and women, members of the community and conservation groups to the meeting.”
The event, which starts at 9.30am, will be followed at about 12 noon with an optional, two-and-a-half-mile walk to Handale Abbey – a rural heritage project which has been supported by the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER programme.

If you would like to attend the event please contact Amy Thomas on 01439 772700 at the North York Moors National Park Authority to book a place.