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LEADing Rural Business Programme (LEADER)

Call 9 is now open and is the final call for Worcestershire LEADER

  • Do you have a great idea for setting up or growing a rural business?
  • Can you see a gap in service in your rural community?
  • Is there something distinctive about your local, rural area that makes it a great visitor destination?

Worcestershire LEADER Programme is now open for bids and we are interested in hearing from you!


LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England and is delivered locally by Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire Local Action Group on behalf of Defra.  

The focus of the programme is on growing the economies of rural communities by enabling local people to identify and implement solutions to local problems.

The project has received funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development under the Rural Development Programme for England. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is the Managing Authority for the Rural Development Programme for England. Established by the European Union, the Rural Development Programme for England helps local rural areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support businesses, create jobs and facilitate local community regenerations. For more information visit the Rural Development page of the European Commission website.


The LEADER Team are:

Katie Ainsworth
LEADER Programme Manager
01905 843992

Lucy Mayo
LEADER Programme Assistant
01905 846741

Elspeth McQueen
LEADER Programme Manager
01905 846872

Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs - Leader - The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas
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