The Think Local development programme focuses on developing collaboration in short supply chain, by bringing together existing initiatives on farmers’ markets, farm retail, food tourism, regional food and drink networks and in developing added value for rural producers.
Projects & Practice
An investment project that allowed a company to fill the gap in the local supply chain for wood chips in the north-west of Ireland.
An example of a large-scale previously state owned farm, which now successfully combines economic sustainability and the provision of public goods.
A leading manufacturer of conserves and jams used RDP support to increase its winter water storage capacity for use during the summer dry months.
A project to enhance the facilities on a geological site, enable new visitor-based activities and attract more visitors who will spend more time in the area.
The project supported the construction of a water supply network in the village of Reka, ensuring that all inhabitants have adequate access to water.
A project that supports the integration of young immigrants into Swedish society and is organised by young immigrants themselves.
Young people from Finland and Scotland came together to create a Youth Manifesto outlining ways in which local actors can engage young people in their activities.
The GrowBiz approach to enterprise support is based on building long-term relationships with businesses and encouraging them to connect, collaborate, share and network with other enterprises in their local community and further afield.
Many small towns have the problem of vacant sales spaces and an innovative concept to revitalise city centres is to offer flexible rental options to pop-up shops. This was the winning initiative of the 2019 Rural Inspiration Awards in the 'Popular Vote' category.