Quilter Cheviot is increasing its support of rural communities within Britain, Ireland and the Channel Islands with its recently announced Quilter Cheviot Rural Innovation Programme, writes Alex Foster.
The programme is offering £30,000 in funding to a local business or innovative individual who thinks they can provide a significant contribution to rural communities.
Expanding on this, Quilter Cheviot CEO Andrew McGlone (pictured above), who is part of the judging panel for the programme, describes how ‘supporting small businesses that are at a pivotal part of their journey is important. Participating in the programme and receiving the funding will really enable them to take an important step forward’.
In terms of what Quilter Cheviot is looking for, McGlone says he would ‘happily accept a range of ideas, as long as we can see there would be positive environmental and social impact’.
‘It’s also really important to us that future generations will be able to enjoy what we almost take for granted today, so we want to encourage longer-term thinking about how these areas continue to prosper.’
Quilter Cheviot already supports a number of country shows, including BBC Countryfile Live, which parent company Quilter is taking over as sponsors this year.
McGlone says these events provide the perfect platform for ‘great opportunities to meet and engage with people from across the country who are at the heart of rural communities and businesses’. He says he hopes the programme can genuinely benefit people for years to come.
For those who will not be applying, you can still offer invaluable help by spreading word of the programme on social media, McGlone says.
‘I’m sure there are some great businesses and individuals out there who would really benefit from the funding that we are offering, so the more people that hear about this initiative, the better it is.’
Whether it is an app or an irrigation system, if you or your business have an innovative idea for helping rural communities within Britain and Ireland thrive, apply following the details below. Applications close on 14 June, so get on board before time runs out. And good luck!
Or find the hashtag #SupportingRural on social media.