2019 – as one door closes

Early on in this LEADER Programme – as in way back in 2015 –  I was asked about our area and our people, our strengths, weaknesses, our hopes for 2020.
Strengths of our LEADER area is obvious; we are motivated, we know what it’s like to live in a remote rural area, we know you cannot eat the world class landscape and that our communities are everything, the glue which holds us together. We are entrepreneurial; we have strong business networks, lots of independent businesses. We are inspiring above all, we have brand value, unique heritage assets, and distinctive market towns. We are the Yorkshire Dales!
However, our weaknesses are the same as those in most rural areas. We are wasteful and short-sighted in planning how our resources and communities are used; our young people grow up in a high quality environment and we put little planning into providing for their future; where they will live, where they will work, where they will send their families to school, how they will get to school.

LEADER would never have been the answer to these weaknesses, however as a bottom up funding approach, it has boosted our strengths. We have made a difference to the Yorkshire Dales communities during this Programme and added value on top of the impacts of it’s predecessor (ended in 2013).

In the last LEADER Programme (2007-2013) we gave out £2.7 million in grants over a 5 year period, creating 25.9 full time equivalent jobs and drawing in an additional £1.4 million in additional investment. This Programme we had less to give, however still secured nearly £2.5 million, drew down an additional £7 million (and counting) investment in “match” into our area, creating over 63 full time equivalent jobs (still being evidenced). We are facing the future stronger than we were.

We are truly motivated, entrepreneurial, and inspiring!
We are the Yorkshire Dales!



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EOI deadline date fast approaching

Yorkshire Dales LEADER are to close the programme to new “Expressions of Interest” applications.

The final date for accepting new ‘Expressions of Interest’ will be 5:00pm on Friday, 16 February 2018.


If you are considering applying to the programme please be aware of this new deadline for EOI’s.


Further to recent communications from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), we understand that the likelihood of additional funds for LEADER areas demonstrating high demand has reduced.

As a consequence, due to the number of Expressions of Interest received to date significantly exceeding our allocation, we are closing the programme to new Expressions of Interest from 5pm on Friday 16th February.


The remaining funds in the programme will be subject to strong competition, however we will retain the existing procedures to allocate funds.

This means:

  • A project will only be allocated funding when we receive a fully complete and eligible Full Application form, funding remains available and the Panel approves the application.
  • Once funding is fully allocated, future Grant Panels may be cancelled – a list of scheduled dates is included at the end of this email
  • The level of competition should not be underestimated, so work on the Full Application is at your own risk.
  • We will continue to work with the RPA to request further funding, however current indications are that this is unlikely.
  • If your application is also eligible for another grant, then we would encourage you to apply to that funder rather than LEADER.

Scheduled Yorkshire Dales LEADER Executive Meeting Dates


Yorkshire Dales Panel Date Submission Deadline

(submit Application before 24:00)

5th June 2018 6th March 2018
17th July 2018 23rd April 2018
18th September 2018 25th June 2018
 21st November 2018 4th September 2018
16th January 2019 17th October 2018
13th March 2019 3rd December 2018


If you require any information let me know and I will do what I can to help.

Kind regards





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LEADER – the end is nigh!

We close to Full applications on 3rd December 2018. If your Invitation to Apply email has an earlier date and you still wish to apply , let me know and I will extend your deadline date (otherwise your application will be withdrawn).

Our Next Panel

The Submission deadline for our next panel is fast approaching.

If your project is wanting to start any time after 5th  June 2018, the Full Application and all Supporting Documentation must be submitted electronically and hardcopy to me by midnight 6th March 2018.


If you are submitting for the June panel, drop me a line to let me know if you need advice. Please do not ask for advice on the deadline date; I will be too busy answering everyone’s questions, you will be in a long line and you may not get an answer in time.


You can submit your project at anytime of course – even if you want to start after June 2018 – because the earlier you submit, the earlier the grant can be allocated to your project. Remember to allow up 12 weeks from submitting the Application to getting a decision.


Panel dates and deadlines are on our website www.yorkshiredalesleader.co.uk/apply – plan ahead in order to start when you want to J


Hints and Tips on submitting a Full application

Afore yea press the send button

  • Re-read the Application guidelines – just to be sure nothing has been missed
  • Do a last check – is the start date on 032 Excel sheet realistic – and is it for a date in the future?
  • Is 032 Excel sheet fully completed? VAT numbers, Company Numbers, 3 suppliers listed for each cost item?
  • Tick all boxes of the Supporting Documents checklist. It’s there to help you remember what to send as a hardcopy.

Afore yea post the Full Application

  • Re-read the Application guidelines – just to be sure nothing has been missed
  • Tick all boxes of the Supporting Documents checklist. It’s there to help you remember what to send as a hardcopy.
  • Consider sending recorded delivery to be sure your application arrives. The application is of value – we start processing it when we receive the hardcopy, so no-one wants delays
  • Is everything included that we need? Applications regretfully may be rejected if information is missing
  • Do a last quotes check – are they dated? Do they have your name and address on them? If not don’t send in your application, get a requote instead.
  • DO NOT send in a half completed application – it will be rejected


Still not looked at your Full Application Guidance?

Don’t worry, it’s only human.

Since we first issued applications, the forms have changed considerably. The current versions are really simple and straightforward to complete. If you think you might still be on an old version, just drop me a line and I’ll email over the current forms.

Any questions on the form? Just drop me an email and I can give you an answer in writing (it’s easier to look back on rather than trying to remember what I said or reading scribbled notes taken while we chatted).

Remember, I am more than happy to come out and see you to help go through the application if it would help – just ask and offer several dates/times.

A well put together application means it will go through to Appraisal and the panel much smoother, so it’s of benefit to all of us to get everything spit spot and perfect .



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Professional Training in Heritage Building Skills


The Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership is running an accredited course led by industry experts in the repair and maintenance of traditional buildings.

Builders, craftspeople, contractors and homeowners will have the opportunity to gain professional accreditation in traditional building skills. Delivered in Pateley Bridge, the course takes just six days to complete.

There are an estimated 5.5 million traditional buildings in England that require specific skills and expertise.

Liz Milner, Discovery and Learning Project Officer at the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership, said: “Working with older and historic buildings requires a particular set of skills. This is a hands-on course that offers contractors and craftspeople expert training and an accredited qualification. It means builders can register as a supplier for work on English Heritage Trust sites and properties, as well as help homeowners maintain their own buildings, while safeguarding heritage and character.”

Completion of the diploma gives access to the Heritage Construction Skills Certification Scheme card, a required standard for anyone wishing to contract with owners of historic properties.

The NVQ Level 3 course will be led by John Munro from Traditional Building Skills Co. and National Heritage Training Group, and Colin Richards from CJR Heritage Services Ltd and the UK Institute for Historic Building Conservation.

The six-day course consisting of lectures and practical workshops takes place on Fridays and Saturdays between 27 January and 31 March. It will cover managing conservation projects, repair and maintenance of traditional buildings, legislation and guidance, safe working practice and effective use of traditional materials.

Subsidised by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Skills for Trade course costs just £150 for residents and businesses living or working in the Nidderdale AONB. Costs for those attending outside of Nidderdale is £985.

Places are limited. To book, Contact: 01423 712950, email uppernidderdale@harrogate.gov.uk or visit uppernidderdale.org.uk to find out more.

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Quick newsburst for LEADER

Want to hear a bit about LEADER in the Dales? Listen to //embeds.audioboom.com/posts/6203208-150-000-up-for-grabs-in-the-yorkshire-dales/embed/v4?eid=AQAAAOWZDlpIp14A

For a 3 minute runthrough

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GDPR and Cyber Security – Breakfast Event


4 December 2017 at The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey, BD23 6AJ


Information security continues to be a hot topic of discussion for businesses including the almost daily reports of data breaches.

Many small business owners will have pencilled in 25 May 2018 as the date when the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force.  But it is also likely they will all have the same question:  What does GDPR mean for my business and me?

This free breakfast event organised through the Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire will cover:


  • GDPR – an overview and how the regulation will impact businesses
  • Threats and solutions, in particular cyber threats associated with becoming increasingly internet enabled through IoT devices
  • Risks across supply chain
  • Cybercrime and financial impact
  • Threats and impact on critical business processes.


The event on Monday, 4 December 2017, from 08:00 to 10:00, at The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey, BD23 6AJ, will have speakers covering all things GDPR and the basics around cyber security.  Speakers will include:

Emma Roe – Partner and Head of Commercial and Intellectual Property at Shulmans Solicitors.
Emma’s areas of expertise include:  manufacturing and supply agreements, data protection and processing arrangements and intellectual property licensing and information technology matters.
Martin Law – Founder of AgilityIS< a cyber security solutions provider with many years industry experience.


Martin is a seasoned security professional with over 25 years security expertise, providing consultancy services to a broad spectrum of clients across all industry sectors.  Martin is also a proactive member of Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster.
At the end of the event, you will receive a resource pack, highlighting sources of guidance and advice on topics covered in the session.

There will also be an opportunity at the end to ask the speakers questions and network with attendees.

For further information and to reserve a place, please visit


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FREE Business Workshop – How to generate more business


Wednesday, 25 October 2017, from 09:30 to 12:30, 1 Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton, BD23 1FY


This FREE short workshop is designed to help you identify and analyse your customer groups, and develop unique propositions to encourage more customers to pick your product or service over your competitors.


The workshop is aimed at new businesses which have been trading for less than three years; and will provide you with a view of how your business can generate more growth; help you to focus on any problems, solutions and competitive advantages that will enable you to successfully grow your business.


For further information and to reserve a place, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/business-workshop-planning-for-growth-tickets-37484263441?aff=es2; contact the Ad:Venture Team on 0845 524 0210; or e-mail support@ad-venture.org.uk to register your interest.

(The workshop is part of the Ad:Venture programme; delivering ERDF funded growth support to existing businesses in their first 3 years of trading and for people planning to start a business within the Leeds City Region – www.ad-venture.org.uk)


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