Julian Godwin Ltd - Foxley Equestrian
A farm in Worcestershire has been able to expand its operations after being awarded a grant of almost £35,000.
Julian Godwin Limited at Foxley Farm near Kidderminster consists of a 300 herd of cows and a trading business dealing in hay, straw, fertiliser and seed. It is owned and run by Julian Godwin.
The £34,977 granted to Julian Godwin Limited will help fund a new venture. Foxley Equestrian includes a 12-stable livery yard and a 20m by 60m arena, with each stable having its own tack room.
It will be managed and run by Mr Godwin's wife Vicki, who has background in equestrianism and is a qualified horse riding instructor and lecturer in equine science.
Mr Godwin said: "The new venture has already provided employment for Vicki, as yard manager."
"As the business grows, we hope to be able to employ one or more people either part or full time, and as new liveries fill all of the stables the turnover of Julian Godwin Limited will increase significantly.
"The LEADER funding allowed us to construct the new venture as we wanted it – without the funding we would have had to reduce the scale of the project, making it less viable."
He added: "We have had a very positive experience with LEADER. The conditions raised by the Outline Application encouraged us to do further market research into our venture, giving us a better idea of the market that we were moving in to. Any queries that we have had during the application process have been dealt with quickly and efficiently."