20 Feb

Funding Workshop for Dartmoor Businesses


The Dartmoor Business Network last month hosted a funding tips and advice workshop run by the the DR Company and held at the Two Bridges Hotel, Princetown. Nineteen businesses and individuals from the Dartmoor area took part in this interactive workshop which explored the types of funding currently available as well tips and advice for making successful funding applications.

The DR Company, who are based in Okehampton, have over ten years experience in providing business support and advice to paying clients. They also specialise in running large funding programmes having previously completed the delivery of over £3.8m of funding to the local area, helping hundreds of rural businesses to start up or develop. The DR Company are now inviting applications for the Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund 2015-2020, which has over £1.5m available to allocate to eligible businesses and projects.

“This is a great opportunity for Dartmoor businesses,” says Linda Emmett, Project Adviser for DR, “the fund is looking to support sectors as diverse as forestry, farming, enterprise, cultural heritage and tourism, and while applying for funding can seem daunting, we at DR have a proven track record in helping people through their applications. We assign each applicant a Project Adviser who can guide you personally through the process.”

Guidance throughout the GD LEAF application is a part of the package DR provide for GD LEAF applicants, but DR can also, independently of the funding, provide fee-based bid writing, project management and other business services. Previous applicants stories, the services DR provide and information about the current funding programmes DR are managing can all be found on their website www.drcompany.co.uk. For in detail tips, advice and common mistakes when making funding applications take a look at the DR blog www.drcompany.co.uk/ourblog. For information on GD LEAF funding go to www.drcompany.co.uk/gdleaf and for information on South Devon Coastal Local Action Group funding go to www.drcompany.co.uk/sdclag.

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01 Feb

Whisky Distillation begins on Dartmoor thanks to GD LEAF funding!

Dartmoor’s First Whisky Distillery begins distillation thanks to Funding Boost from the Greater Dartmoor LEAF!

Two business men from Dartmoor were one of the first Great Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund 2015-2020 applicants to be granted funding. The money has been used to convert the Old Town Hall in Bovey Tracey into Dartmoor’s first single malt whisky distillery and visitor attraction centre. The DR Company, based in Okehampton, have helped Simon Crow and Greg Millar to successfully apply for money from the Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund 2015-2020 which has enabled them to complete their project sooner than planned. Distillation began on 30th January 2017 and the bar and visitor attraction centre and gallery café will follow later this year.

The Dartmoor Whisky Distillery will be a working distillery which will provide educational tours on the process of distillation as well offering a stylish venue to meet, eat and drink in Bovey Tracey. The working distillation still, sourced from Cognac in France, central to the production of the whisky, will  form a part of the distillery tours and a unique visual focal point for those eating and drinking at the Bistro Bar and Café.

“The Dartmoor Whisky Distillery will bring new tourism into Bovey Tracey and boost the local economy,” explains Project Advisor Sophia May. “The whisky will be made using local malted barley and Dartmoor spring water, and the distillery itself is bringing new life to an historic building and creating an innovative new attraction for the area. This is exactly the sort of project that the Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund wants to support as it is bringing income and new jobs into our area.”

The Greater Dartmoor LEAF have over £1.5 million to allocate to projects in the Dartmoor area. The focus of the programme is to support job creation and help the rural economy to grow in the areas of farming, forestry, enterprise, tourism, rural services and cultural heritage activity.  The Dartmoor Whisky Distillery is just one of several projects who have successfully applied for funding through the DR Company, and applications are still open.

“Without the help of the DR Company to secure the funding from the Greater Dartmoor LEAF programme, we wouldn’t have been able to open the Dartmoor Whisky Distillery as soon as we now will”, confirms co-founder Simon Crow. “We are anticipating that this will bring in a much needed boost to tourism to Bovey Tracey and we are very proud to be flying the flag for local, Dartmoor produce.”