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Forest firms given help to grow
A pioneering funding scheme to improve the rural economy in Leicestershire has started at the National Forest.

The project costing 100,000 is aimed at helping businesses which are directly connected with woodlands, wood products or woodland activities.

The first wave of grants, totalling more than 20,000, have been split between six businesses ranging from a traditional craft centre to a sawmill.

The scheme is going to be rolled out into Derbyshire later this year.




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