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

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

Exploring new ways of providing non-statutory local services
  • 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

Renewable energy at Community level
  • 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

Exploitation of digital technology
  • 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

Adding Value to local identity and natural and cultural resources
  • 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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The Corn Exchange

The Corn Exchange is a former public house in Crickhowell, Powys. It has recently been purchased by the Corn Exchange Crickhowell Ltd. (comprising 232 shareholders) from Punch Taverns to prevent it from becoming a supermarket, which would have threatened the viability of the many family owned businesses in Crickhowell. Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent was given on the 4th of October 2016 to convert the former public house into 3 shops and 3 flats (subject to conditions).

The management team (4 voluntary directors, a non-executive director and two project managers) have set out a project plan, drawn up a risk register, undertaken an asbestos survey, appointed a firm of architects and commissioned an archaeological watching brief to: a) strip out (Phase 1); and b) convert the building for residential and commercial use (Phase 2).

Funding support has been obtained from the EU Leader Programme to commission a study that will research and evaluate feasible sustainable development and eco-friendly options for the redevelopment and evaluate those undertaken in a good practice guide for future projects.

This will involve the following:


  1. Outline possible options for designs, materials, techniques and processes in the design, planningand construction phases of the redevelopment works;
  2. Test the feasibility of these options with regards current budgets and return on investment overa period of time;
  3. Prepare a final report setting out how each adopted option was executed and incorporated intothe development works and evaluating its resulting benefits.


A consultancy with the necessary skills and experience is sought to tender for this contract, to commence in early November 2016 and follow through to the completion of the building work, estimated at August 2017.

Become a LAG member

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)

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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