Funding boost for County Durham farm shop

From left to right: Rachael Jewson, Owner of Knitsley Farm Shop and new employee, Emma Milburn, Waitress at Knitsley Farm Shop Credit: Arch

A successful family run farm shop and Cafe in County Durham has been awarded thousands of pounds worth of funding from the North East Rural Growth Network.

The Knitsley Farm Shop and Granary Café, which was voted Farm Shop of the Year in 2015, was awarded £19,672 of funding from the North East Rural Growth Network who approved the investment from the Rural Business Growth Fund.

Rachel Jewson, Owner of Knitsley Farm Shop, said:

In just under eight years we've grown from a business employing six staff to a medium business employing 46 local people. This grant has enabled us to create another two jobs straight away.

Rachel Jewson

The North East Rural Growth Network is designed to support small rural businesses with capital investment projects.

In 2015, the Rural Growth Network secured £6 million capital investment from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal to support businesses in the rural areas of Durham, Gateshead and Northumberland until 2020.

North East LEP board member, Gillian Hall said:

Our rural businesses play an important role in supporting the regional economy. As such, our focus is on ensuring they have the right package of support to flourish, including access to finance to aid growth, sustainability and job creation.

Gillian Hall