Chris Harrison owns Waulkmill Cider near Langholm. He started the business in 2010, and now sells cider vinegars and perry as well. He's been trying to grow the company and now, with the help of Access Six, exports to Germany.
Access Six is a project run by Scotland Run and Drink. Small business who sign up are given a mentor to help them develop their company and look at exporting to foreign markets.
Chris said:** **"Any help that a small business can get, especially at the moment, is worth taking. If you can get on board with an organisation like this, people can assist you with making contacts, helping you with the paperwork and the red tape. It's an absolute wealth."
Small and medium businesses (SME's) across south west Scotland are eligible to apply for a new programme that will help them export their products.
Access Six is an initiative funded by the European Regional Development Fund that provides training and mentorship for food and drink SME's in the border regions in Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Amanda Brown, from Scotland Food & Drink, explains what the programme is about.
An initiative by three Cumbrian Councils to agree to promote business and employment along the M6 corridor in the county has been praised.Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border said:
"The M6 corridor project is an excellent example of what we as MPs in Cumbria should be doing more of: working together for the greater good of our county, and putting party politics aside to highlight what we can do, in cooperation, to grow our economy, support our businesses and communities, and generate prosperity for all.
"The M6 is a symbolic road, stretching right through the heart of Cumbria, and is a lifeline to our businesses and industries. We want the M6 corridor to be an example for rural Britain, showing how we can attract investment and development that will power our economy as we move out of recession. I am delighted to be a part of this exciting project.”