At least 90,000 aspiring business owners will be aided by a new initiative supporting small firms in rural areas, the government has said.

The £20m scheme will provide training to help new entrepreneurs set up businesses. Courses will be available in subjects including business and management, marketing and information technology, with 70% of costs covered by the scheme.

They will range from one-day workshops to industry-recognised qualifications and will take place in colleges, village halls, farms and business centres.

Environment secretary Owen Paterson launched the rural business skills training programme at Herefordshire College of Technology, one of the colleges delivering subsidised training, last week. Mr Paterson said: “Having the right skills to run a business is crucial if budding entrepreneurs want to be successful. For too long the needs of rural business people have been overlooked. Those days are now over.

“Businesses in the remotest parts of the country will now have access to the best training so they can grow and help our country to compete even more in the global race.”

It’s great that the often overlooked rural aspiring business owners are getting support, but is £20m enough for such a large area of the country? Share your thoughts below.


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