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‌LEADER funding 

Grow your rural business with grants of up to £170,000* from the LEADER fund

Financial support is available to Nottinghamshire based rural businesses looking to expand their operations and create new jobs with grants of up to £170,000*.

The grants can be used to invest in new equipment, improvements to business premises and machinery.

The money has been provided by the EU as part of the LEADER funding programme.

Who can apply?

Grants are available to rural businesses based in specific geographic areas of the county including parts of Gedling, Rushcliffe and Ashfield council areas.

Businesses eligible for support from the scheme include:

  • start-up, micro and small businesses
  • farming
  • forestry
  • rural tourism
  • rural services

Help and support for your funding application

Recognising that small business owners are often extremely busy, a dedicated support team is available to help you with your application. The team can discuss your idea, assess its likelihood of success and guide you through each step of the application process.

You’re in good hands - the same team has already helped many other local businesses secure £3.5m funding from the Nottinghamshire Economic Development Capital Fund over the past three years.

Find out more visit:

or call Craig Edson on 0115 977 2686.

Share with other businesses

To help maximise the potential impact of this grant funding opportunity please share this information with other local entrepreneurs and rural third sector service providers you may know. 

*The maximum grant value is €200k, equivalent to £170k subject to currency exchange rate fluctuations. 


Funding Circle

Rushcliffe has become the latest council to lend directly to small businesses via Funding Circle. Funding Circle‎ is an online marketplace to connect established businesses who want to borrow money with investors who want to invest money and get better returns.

Minimum criteria:

  • A minimum annual turnover of £50,000
  • Businesses can be sole traders, limited companies or LLPs
  • 2+ years’ filed or formal accounts

The loans can be used for all sorts of requirements including working capital, expansion capital, property and asset finance and typically, each loan is funded by hundreds of people. RBC has allocated up to £500,000 to lend to businesses through this scheme.

Customers can get more information from the team at Funding Circle on  or by phoning 020 7832 8819.


Shop front support‌

The Shop Front Improvement Grant is a fund operated by Rushcliffe Borough Council that can offer financial support towards the improvement of shop fronts in the town areas of:‌

  • Bingham
  • West Bridgford
  • Radcliffe on Trent

Apply now:

Shop front improvement application form

Shop front improvement grant application guidance


GREAT Business Support

The GREAT Business Website brings together all Government services to business in one place -   

There is a Business Support Helpline, tel: 0300 456 3565 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 6.00pm) that offers free advice and guidance for new and existing businesses. Businesses can get up to an hour of free, expert advice. Great Business also provides advice over a live chat online via their website.

You can also get help via social media:



Further information on business and finance support is available at Their Business finance and support finder is a free to use service to help businesses locate suitable funding.

Rushcliffe Borough Council does not endorse, promote, review, or warrant the accuracy of the schemes or information provided by external parties and no liability is accepted arising from reliance upon the information accessed via this site.


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