Village business ideas could get Big Lottery boost

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VILLAGE businesses could be set for a boost thanks to a terrific TV inspired scheme by the Big Lottery Fund.

The Fund are currently working with the BBC on the hit BBC One series, Village SOS, which helps fund six rural villages to start community businesses that can breathe new life into the areas and create jobs.

The show follows the journeys of the six villages over the last 12 months and there have been some truly remarkable stories.

But when the cameras stop rolling it is not, by any means, the end of their efforts.

An educational programme has been set up to allow other villages to follow in their footsteps and The Village SOS Competition has been launched.

That means a £5.3m fund is now up for grabs with 250 awards of between £10,000 and £30,000 available to help kick start community businesses.

There are three main entry requirements: The idea must be for a community enterprise, the village must be in a rural area and have fewer than 3,000 people living in it and the BLF can only accept one entry per village.

You must be a Village SOS member to enter the competition and you can become a member by visiting the website www.villagesos.org.uk or ringing the helpline 0845 434 9123. 

Mark Menzies MP said: “The Village SOS competition is an excellent idea and, at a time when there are so many businesses desperate for investment, I’m sure this competition could be well worth exploring for some of the villages in Fylde.”

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