18 exciting new projects create new jobs, attract tourists and boost economic growth. 

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Eighteen local projects have benefited from a share of £99k from Forest of Dean District Council’s ‘New Events and New Business Fund’.

Each project or event had to prove its ability to enhance the local economy as part of the ‘Growing the Economy’ initiative before funds were released.

The ventures ranged from bringing back the popular Coleford Music Festival, to supporting activity providers, tourist attractions and even a local brewery.

Amanda Smith, Chair of Coleford Music Festival said: “The funding has contributed to bringing back the Coleford Music Festival, which is growing in size & popularity every year. This has enabled us to promote local performers & artists and local businesses as well as raising the profile of the Forest of Dean. We also attract visitors that travel to the event and stay in the area contributing to the local economy.”

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A spokesperson for Forest of Dean District Council added: “We are pleased to have been able to provide funding to support these fantastic local projects.

“All the successful applicants put forward clear business ideas that demonstrated their projects could stand the test of time and already the projects have generated new jobs and brought more visitors and increased revenue to the area.

“For more information about the successful projects visit the Council’s website www.fdean.gov.uk and view the ‘Forest of Dean Economic Growth fund’ on the ‘Finance & funding’ page found in the ‘Business’ section of the site.”

For more information on the Forest of Dean Economic Growth fund visit http://www.fdean.gov.uk/business/business-support/finance-funding/

Issued by: Michala Lee, Communications Officer, Forest of Dean District Council, 01594 812622, Michala.Lee@fdean.gov.uk


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