20 January, 2012
Farmers in the South West
should consider applying for grant funding if they have expansion
This is the view of William Trinick, a rural surveyor at land
agent Smiths Gore, who told South West Farmer there is
"huge scope" for people to install renewable energy schemes on
country properties or to pursue other business ventures.
Mr Trinick said: "There is £20 million of grant funding
ring-fenced for Cornwall to improve and diversify the rural economy
specifically. If you are a farmer wanting to improve your business
or diversify into processing, or someone wanting wanting to start a
small business from a rural unit, grants are available."
He made his comments after the firm announced that he had been
appointed to Smiths Gore's Truro office due to growing demand for
professional services in the region.
In terms of green power ventures, Mr Trinick stressed that his
confidence in such investments comes despite the reduction of the
feed-in tariff incentive offered by the government.
With or without this incentive, the construction of new
renewable energy projects in the South West could be set to
accelerate in the next few years, as the Western Morning
News reported that the UK is currently struggling to meet
European Union (EU)-set targets for 2020, citing a EurObserv'ER
Chief executive of West Country energy agency RegenSW Merlin
Hyman responded by saying that the environmental goals are
achievable, even if the country is currently a long way off. The UK
is lagging behind all 26 other EU member states in terms of
Source: Vertical Leap