Local MP welcomes investment from Rural England Prosperity Fund.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, has welcomed news that
North Yorkshire will benefit from £5,417,114 in new funding from the Government to support local businesses and create jobs to grow the rural economy.

The Government is investing £110 million into local areas through the Rural England Prosperity Fund a top up of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Eligible councils will begin to deliver on their plans in the coming weeks and receive the extra investment between 2023 and 2025.

Projects benefitting from the additional funding will improve community facilities and support arts and culture to grow local tourism. Agricultural businesses looking to expand their remit and rural businesses looking to launch or grow will also receive investment.

Commenting Andrew said: “Rural areas hold unique opportunities for growth and that is why I welcome the Government’s investment of over £5 million into North Yorkshire.

“North Yorkshire is home to some of the most beautiful rural areas in the country and I am keen to see the rural communities in Harrogate and Knaresborough given the support they need to maintain and improve these areas.”

Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Secretary, Therese Coffey, said: “Driving investment in rural areas is a vital part of our vision for levelling up the country. The new Rural Prosperity Fund replaces the bureaucratic EU funding system – allowing us to work closely with local leaders to direct funding where it is most needed to close the rural productivity gap, create job opportunities and protect the English countryside.

“This confirmed spending will allow local authorities to deliver on their plans to level up businesses and communities in rural areas from today, in line with their residents’ priorities.”