Arwain
Innovative solutions to rural issues

Facilitating pre-commercial development, business partnerships and short supply chains

Arwain
  • Projects that link skills and needs together (Skills Banks)
  • Development of new business partnerships or growing existing ones
  • Develop mentoring/ambassador schemes
  • Projects that create an entrepreneurial and innovative culture
  • Projects that enable employment of local people
  • Development of new products or processes
  • Develop and/or build on Powys brands
  • Pilot innovative approaches to supply chain development.
  • Projects using innovative methods of increasing the number of businesses engaging with public and private support services.

Exploring new ways of providing non-statutory local services

Arwain
  • Piloting news ways of delivering services such as transport
  • Facilitate community engagement and information to identify community resilience and capacity to enable service delivery
  • Projects that build the capacity of local actors to allow them to deliver local services
  • Innovative projects that improve the health and wellbeing of local people
  • Research and visits to other best practice project examples
  • Projects that develop volunteering opportunities and training placements.
  • Support for the development of community hubs.
  • Projects that trial alternative ways of delivering non statutory services.
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Renewable energy at Community level

Arwain
  • Community engagement activities to disseminate renewable energy (RE) information to communities
  • Energy audits to identify hotspot communities for RE or energy efficiency
  • Projects that support the reduction of fuel poverty within the county
  • Projects that use community benefits from RE to alleviate poverty
  • Projects that support businesses to become more energy efficient
  • Projects that utilise natural resources to deliver local solutions.
  • Facilitation of support by communities through mentoring and familiarisation visits.
  • Engagement activities to disseminate RE information to land owners and rural businesses
  • Fuel sourcing from community woodlands.

Exploitation of digital technology

Arwain
  • Projects that increase the uptake of digital technologies within the business and community sectors
  • Projects that use digital technologies to provide services
  • Projects that build on existing web platforms or creates new ones
  • Projects that increase the uptake and usage of digital technology to improve business productivity and effectiveness.
  • Pilot mentoring or buddy schemes to encourage the use of social media.
  • Pilot innovative ways of using new technologies to provide information.

Adding Value to local identity and natural and cultural resources

Arwain
  • Projects that make best use of natural assets such as community grown food initiatives or community woodlands
  • Developing new activities related to the natural environment and heritage
  • Building the capacity of events to encourage sustainability
  • Develop ideas to increase the use of the Welsh Language within the outdoor activities sector
  • Develop ideas that link producers, retailers, caterers and visitors and products together
  • Improve the knowledge of the local natural and historical environment of local tourism providers

Farm Diversification

Farm Diversification

The Farm Diversification Scheme was a strategic project under Axis 3 of the Rural Development Plan which was active between 2011 and 2014. The aim of the project was to develop the agricultural sector in Powys into a dynamic and competitive sector.

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Resilient Powys

Resilient Powys

The Resilient Powys Project delivered a programme of support and financial assistance to encourage innovative, bottom up, small scale, business and community-led development initiatives, supporting diversification of the rural economy and improving the quality of life of Powys' citizens. A suite of strategic objectives were identified against which activities will be delivered.

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Sustainable Tourism Powys

Sustainable Tourism Powys

Sustainable Tourism Powys (STP) was an innovative programme delivered by Powys County Council to support and develop tourism in Powys into a dynamic and competitive sector. The project offered a range of support that developed and promoted the tourism offer in Powys including; grants schemes, targeted marketing, business advice and support.

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Powys Pioneers Digital Heritage Project

Over the past 250 years, Powys has been the home for a remarkable set of innovators, social activists and businesspeople who have changed the face of Wales and had influence around the world. For the purposes of this study, the Powys Pioneers have been defined as the following set of people:

·         Laura Ashley and family - Textile, home furnishing and fashion pioneer and significant rural employer.

·         Robert Owen - Philanthropic social entrepreneur and reformer, education reformer and creative genius of international significance.

·         David Davies - Coal & railway pioneer, and his philanthropic family - Lord Davies; Gwendoline & Margaret Davies.

·         Pryce Jones - Pioneer of international mail order and home shopping, purportedly the initiator of Royal Mail Parcel Post and inventor of the modern sleeping bag.

 

The Feasibility Study was designed to evaluate options for future actions against five objectives, with a central focus on digital delivery and activities. These objectives are to:

1.    Enhance local identity and pride in the Powys Pioneers, Newtown and Mid Wales.

2.    Increase recognition of the Powys Pioneers, Newtown and Mid Wales across Wales, the UK and internationally.

3.    Achieve the monetisation of the Pioneers’ heritage, for the future sustainability of the project.

4.    Develop the heritage-led regeneration of Newtown.

5.    Use the legacy of the Powys Pioneers to stimulate local entrepreneurship.

 

Start Date: 01/11/2018

End Date: 31/12/2019

Total Project Cost: £12,815.53

RDP Funding: £7,975.70

Match Funding: £4,839.83

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If you'd like to register your interest in becoming a member of the LAG, please complete the OPLAG Membership EOI Form

To learn more about the work of the OPLAG or to discuss becoming an OPLAG member, please contact:

Louise White, RDP Programme Officer
Tel: 01597 827072/07773 818391
E-mail: louise.white(at)powys.gov.uk

All enquiries and expressions of interest regarding application for membership will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence and in line with Data Protection legislation.

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