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County seeks £17m from EU to boost business growth
11:00am Saturday 14th September 2013 in News
ALMOST £17m in European Union funding could be on its way to Oxfordshire to help boost growth, jobs and low-carbon projects.
The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is finalising a bid for €19.4m (£16.95m) from the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund.
Some £6.5m would go on innovation, small and medium-sized employers, ICT projects, low-carbon projects and youth unemployment.
The bid was unveiled at the annual general meeting of the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council in Sutton Courtenay on Wednesday.
Partnership chief executive Nigel Tipple said: “I think the key for us is not starting out with a shopping list, but looking at where we can make a difference and how we can support businesses and individuals.”
Cherwell District Council chief executive Sue Smith said leaders need to “make sure we don’t lose it to another LEP somewhere else in the country”. But Piddington parish councillor Francesca Darby said: “I’m fascinated to know what the likelihood is of any of this funding making its way to grass-roots level, to our level, a parish of 170 households which struggles to fund glass for church windows, let alone bigger projects.”
Woodstock mayor Julian Cooper added: “It seems you could slice this money so finely that you don’t deliver anything anywhere.”
The bid deadline is October 7. A decision is expected in December.
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