Innovative solutions to rural issues

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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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. The Scheme provided farming families with the tools to investigate non-agricultural activities, which developed alternative sources of sustainable income in order to both safeguard their future and contribute to the long term sustainability of their local community.

Supported projects have ranged from on farm beauty salons and glamping sites to welding workshops and new equine enterprises.

To find out more about some of the projects supported please click on the case studies below:

Bespoke Furniture from Farm's Own Woodlands

The Pugh family farm 200 hectares over three farms, in upland Mid Wales, near Rhayader. They produce store cattle from a herd of suckler cows and  nished lambs from a  ock of 1200 Welsh Mountain ewe ...
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Far From the Madding Crowd

Margot and Anthony Porter decided to build the Straw Bale Cottage 5 years ago, it has now been ready since July and has proven to be very popular, it has been let to holiday makers pretty much constan ...
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Glamping at Grahams

Penlan Farm is a 150 acre holding nestled in the picturesque foothills of the Black Mountains in Llangenny, Crickhowell. Whilst it has been in the Norton family for 22 years, Graham Norton took over t ...
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Hydralics For Herons

Herons Rest Marina located in Llangattock on the exclusive Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal provides a perfect location to enjoy this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB). Blessed by a central, des ...
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JBE Tyler

Brenig originally trained as a fabricator and had the necessary skills and experience to carry out this work. However the farm had limisted outbuildings and so in order to deveolp this enterprise a pu ...
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JG & MWA Clayton

Due to the expansion and growth of Newtown, farmland and buildings had been isolated from the main holding. A redundant brick barn was identified for conversion and following extensive market research ...
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Robbie's Riding High

Wilson Eggs is part of an 85 hectare holding farming 12,000 free range laying hens alongside sheep and cattle run by Dale and Robbie Wilson. Robbie wanted to turn her lifelong passion for horses into ...
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