Call to speed up rural grants
FUNDHOLDERS are too slow to issue rural grants, business leaders have warned.
Applications must be processed faster to help rural firms ride out the recession, said the Country Land and Business Association.
The call came as a raft of business grants were confirmed for the rural West Midlands.
CLA regional director Caroline Bedell said: "Any plan to help rural businesses during the recession is welcome. This grant funding could be the type of cash injection many rural areas need.
"However, our concern is, that in too many cases, it can take months for grant applications for rural development programmes to be decided on.
"What is required is a fast-track approach where those who need grants can actually receive them in a timely fashion that will help negate the impact of the recession."