Action and information of interest to businesses in Crediton
Displaying goods outside shops in the High Street
Following a complaint made by a member of public to the Devon Highways about being unable to get her pushchair along the pavement due to goods outside of a shop, the Chamber sought clarification.
There is a policy in place that Devon Highways do not enforce to the letter (but have the right to). All that is required is that businesses on the High Street are sensible about what they do: ensure that anything put on the pavement leaves enough space for the likes of wheelchairs and pushchairs to pass; that the blind can detect any obstacle with their stick; and that health and safety is considered.
Steve Tucker of Devon Highways has said he is happy with the action that has been taken since his visit following the complaint and has provided an extract of the policy that they can actually enforce if they wish to. There is a Highway’s Surgery in the Crediton Council Offices on the first and third Thursday of the month from 10am–1pm if you do wish to discuss this any further.
Extract from Devon County Policy
“(a) Unauthorised Business Signs, Displayed Goods And Other Items Outside Business Premises:
Any interference with public passage is technically an illegal obstruction of the highway. Action will be taken to remove unauthorised signs, displayed goods and other items when a footway or pedestrian area is obstructed to the extent that:
there is no longer a minimum width of passage of 1.5 metres; or,
they extend more than 450mm from the shop frontage; or,
they interfere with the visibility of road users; or,
pedestrians are forced into the road, either directly or because of the number of pedestrians; or,
there is a significant hazard to pedestrians;
Where a shop is a genuine ‘corner’ shop with two clear frontages e.g. windows and or doors on both elevations it is interpreted that goods can be displayed up to 450mm from both ‘frontages’ subject to compliance with the other conditions/sections of the policy. Where there is simply a blank wall to the side of a shop this does not constitute a shop frontage and therefore all obstructions have to be removed on this side, including those within 450mm.
Complaints will be investigated and be taken into account in deciding whether action is taken:
When unauthorised signs, goods or other items are placed on the highway outside premises which are open, the person in charge of the establishment will be contacted and given notice that unless the removal of the offending objects is commenced within 10 minutes, action will be taken by the County Council to remove the obstruction and/or initiate legal proceedings. No further notice will be given for similar repeated transgressions;
Unauthorised signs, goods or other items placed on the highway outside premises which are closed will be removed if they are considered to be an obstruction or a safety hazard. The owner will subsequently be informed of the action taken.
Signs, goods or other items removed from outside premises will be taken to a convenient Council depot to await collection. A charge will be made for the recovery of each sign or each group of goods;
The Police will be informed if dangerous situations arise when signs, goods or items are removed.
If appropriate the County Council will initiate legal proceedings and seek recovery of all costs.”
Nick explained: “With the reduction of Devon County Council budgets it is important for members of the public and parish councillors to have the opportunity to speak directly to Devon Highways with any problems they may have.”
Members of the public can also visit the website: www.roadworks.org which will list almost all programmed roadworks in the county and allows people to report highways issues such as potholes, blocked gullies, defective road markings or signs, flooding, blocked drains and broken manhole covers. Existing problems can be tracked by entering the reference number in the problem tracking section.
Booking is advised. Telephone 01363 773717.
Town Entrance Signs
Town Square Weather Protection and Town Signage
With the weather becoming more uncertain, and unseasonal weather being a common occurrence, the Crediton Town Team has been thinking about how to offer people using the Square in Crediton some weather protection.
The Town Team has also asked Charlotte Turner, a local community artist who for four years has led the designs for the High Street flags project, to develop ideas for new town entrance road signs based on ideas collected from local people, and especially High Street traders who pitched their thoughts on what should be highlighted to visitors as they drive into the town.
Fo fuller information please go to the Town Team website: www.creditontownteam.org.uk
Funding Opportunities for Crediton Businesses
MDCC Love Your Town Centre Fund (apply 1–15 October 2020)
There is £5,000 available for Crediton projects that will help to revitalise the town centre.
Love Your Town Centre is a funding initiative to support ideas from local businesses, town councils or organisations with projects that will revive our high streets and help them to flourish for the future.
The fund is open for applications on Thursday 1 October and closes at 12noon on Thursday 15 October 2020. Applications will go to a Funding Panel for assessment with funding decisions announced by 13 November. The application process can be found here https://www.middevon.gov.uk/media/350773/lytc-application-process.pdf
For more information about the fund please visit https://www.middevon.gov.uk/residents/grants-and-funding/love-your-town-centre-fund/
Business Promotion Grants from DCC (apply by 20 May 2019)
Businesses in Devon have the opportunity to apply for Devon County Council’s Business Promotion Grant this May.
Grants of up to £1,500 are available through the scheme which aims to help companies who are looking to promote their products and services to wider audiences.
The funding, which is offered through a competitive bidding process, is to help local firms cover their exhibiting costs at high profile UK trade shows and events. Application forms and guidelines are available at www.investdevon.co.uk/business/devon-delivers-business-promotion-grant/
Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon on Monday 20 May. Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 28 May.
For more information contact Geri Panteva on 01392 383884 or email@example.com
New £8 million BEIS fund for small businesses
All proposals must be business focused (rather than pure research). Applications can come from any area of technology, science or engineering, including arts, design, media or creative industries, and be applied to any part of the economy.
Proposals can fit into, or be outside of, one or more of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund areas (see https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/industrial-strategy-challenge-fund-joint-research-and-innovation)
All projects must start by 1 March 2019.
Government Announces £8m Business Basics Fund to Boost England’s Small Firms (opens 12 July with a deadline of 12 September 2018)
The Government has announced details of a new £8 million fund, designed to improve the productivity and performance of small businesses in England.
Boosting national productivity and increasing workers’ earning power forms a key part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy. To address the country’s productivity challenge, the Industrial Strategy focuses on the five foundations of productivity:
- Business environment
The Business Basics Fund, operated by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in partnership with Innovate UK (IUK), will help businesses, charities, trade bodies and public sector organisations to support small businesses in adopting tried and tested technologies and management techniques. The aim is to unlock £100 billion of untapped benefit to the economy.
Once the projects are launched, the Government will then work with leading experts to evaluate the effectiveness of each project in boosting productivity, helping to inform future policies.
The programme will have a total budget of £8 million over its lifetime. There will be a total of £2 million available in the first call.
Small Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said:
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, with more than 1,000 new businesses starting up every day, and it is vital that we support them to grow through our modern Industrial Strategy.
“The Business Basics Fund will test new and innovative ways of supporting small businesses to take advantage of technologies and management practices – giving small business leaders the tools and support they need to continue to thrive.”
Details about the funding available, the application process and further guidance can be accessed via IUK’s online Innovation Funding Service.
Free Business Adviser for Devon businesses
Take advantage of this free support to help grow your business by registering your interest here:https://www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk/gsp-apply/?utm_source=GSP_Partner_Enews&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GSP_Partner_Enew
Grants for young digital entrepreneurs (for info only, deadline passed)
The Environment Now initiative has been set up to support young people with developing their own digital ideas to help the environment, in areas such as recycling, reducing waste and improving energy efficiency.
Grants are available with no minimum, up to a maximum of £10,000. The programme will provide a total of 50 individual grants over its lifetime. Successful applicants will be supported by the programme providers, together with sustainability partners and they will also be allocated a professional mentor to work with them.
The programme offers support, work experience and insight sessions with industry professionals to help bring young people’s ideas to life. Participants will also benefit from training on confidence, networking, presenting, project management and budgeting to ensure their project is sustainable.
The money can be used to help individuals in supporting their innovative ideas around digital technology, where the idea is intended to find innovative solutions to environmental issues.
The scheme is open to applications from entrepreneurial UK-based young people (aged between the ages of 17 and 24) who are passionate about the environment and who want to use digital technology to make a positive difference.
Young people may apply as part of a small team, with a designated project leader. The applicant can be part of a group at a college, university, youth group or a small seed start-up business.
The final deadline for receipt of applications is 14 July 2017.
For further information, visit the 02 website http://www.o2thinkbig.co.uk/the-environment-now
RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR ENGLAND GROWTH PROGRAMME
Investment is available under three headings:
- Rural Business Development Grants – Farm businesses diversifying into non-agricultural activity and new or existing micro and small businesses (including social enterprises) in rural areas can apply for capital grants between £35,000 and c. £170,000 to support business start-up or expansion.
- Food Processing Grants – New or existing food and drink processing businesses (including farm businesses diversifying into food and drink processing) can apply for capital grants from £35,000 to support business start-up or expansion.
- Rural Tourism Infrastructure Grants – Rural businesses, farmers, landowners, charities and public bodies can apply for capital grants from £35,000 for projects that improve the local rural tourism offer by delivering new or enhanced rural tourism assets and infrastructure.
More information about the RDPE Grants can be found on our website
Not sure if these grants could be for you? To talk to a Growth Hub adviser about the RDPE Grants please call us on 03456 047 047 or complete our online enquiry form and an adviser will get back to you.
The grants are part of the Rural Development Programme for England Growth Programme and funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The grant application process is being managed by the Rural Payments Agency on behalf of DEFRA.R
PRINCES COUNTRYSIDE FUND LAND ROVER BURSARY (for info, deadline passed)
First launched in 2014, the Prince’s Countryside Fund Landrover Bursary programme will award up to five inspiring young people the use of a Land Rover vehicle for one year to support their career in farming or related professions.
The bursary could help successful applicants to develop their business or provide services to the local community, for example:
o Those embarking on a new business venture that requires the use of a Land Rover to access remote areas / challenging terrain;
o Those working in the countryside and need a Discovery Sport to access remote customers or clients;
o Those whose work requires them to transport a trailer and/or heavy machinery between sites/locations.
Applicants must be aged between 21 and 35 and pursuing a career in farming or a related profession. Entrants can apply for professional or community use. All entrants must have more than two years’ driving experience, a UK driving licence and no more than six penalty points. All applicants must live in the United Kingdom.
There is no requirement for match funding.
Previous winners have included:
o Lewis Steer, 21, Lily Warne Wool, Chudleigh, Devon
Lewis runs his own wool business, taking sheared wool from his flock of rare breed Greyface Dartmoor sheep. His Lily Warne Wool (named after his great great grandmother) is one of the only in the country to carry out the entire woollen process ‘from farm to yarn’, and focuses on reconnecting people with British Wool. He will use the Land Rover Discovery Sport for his day-to-day shepherding, moving the sheep between rented land and to access other farms to buy wool and skins through the co-operative he has set up, supporting other local farmers to gain more from their stock.
o Ashley Stamper, 24, Contract Hill Shepherd, Northumberland
Ashley is a contract hill shepherd working in Northumberland covering 9,000 acres of land. Ashley will use the Land Rover Discovery Sport to transport her sheepdogs and feed down farm tracks that are inaccessible in her current car. She plans to get her trailer licence during the course of the year and use the vehicle to tow livestock for farmers within her community.
o Steven Holmes, 28, Farm Yard Ales, Cockerham, Lancaster
Based on his family’s farm in Lancaster, Steven is in the early stages of creating a new microbrewery. Once trading, he plans to support other independent breweries through a system known as cask swapping which involves sending full casks to other breweries who then sell on your behalf, allowing each breweries product to travel further and sell on a national level. . Steven will use the vehicle to pull a flatbed trailer to assist with deliveries and collections of the craft beer in and around Lancashire in the early stages of his start-up business.
Applicants must demonstrate how the use of a Land Rover vehicle will support their career in farming or a related career by submitting the following:
o Complete application form; and a
o Supporting short video.
Applications will be judged by a panel of assessors within 14 days of the closing date. Shortlisted applicants will be informed and visited by a member of The Prince’s Countryside Fund/ Land Rover team for a face-to-face interview.
The 2017 closing date for entries is Wednesday 31 May 2017.
More details are available on the Princes Countryside Fund website.
Contact details for the Princes Countryside Fund are:
Prince’s Countryside Fund
137 Shepherdess Walk
London N1 7RQ
Tel: 020 7566 8749