1. What is PEAT?
PEAT stands for People Enabling Area Transformation.
Wakefield’s PEAT Project is a Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Programme that is part financed by the European Structural and Investment Fund and will run until 2022 in the areas of Airedale, Castleford, Ferrybridge, Havercroft & Ryhill, Kinsley & Fitzwilliam, South Elmsall & South Kirkby and Hemsworth.
It gives a voice to those living and working in these areas, letting them shape interventions that will support local people and businesses to grow and access opportunities. The project has secured funding to provide grants to organisations, groups and businesses to deliver projects that will:-
• Fuel community and business growth
• Support enterprise
• Help those furthest from the labour market access opportunities
2. How are RCP21 involved in the PEAT Project?
RCP21 applied for and have been successful in attracting funding from the PEAT Project to be able to offer support to individuals and businesses in the South East of the Wakefield District. The areas in the South East that qualify for this support are: Havercroft & Ryhill, Kinsley & Fitzwilliam, South Elmsall, South Kirkby and Hemsworth.
The map above outlines the areas within the South East that will qualify for support. As you can see some streets are not fully placed in the qualifying area. The criteria used to determine if you as an individual or your business qualify for support will be your POST CODE.
3. Who are RCP21?
RCP21 (Community Interest Company) is an economic development agency based in Langthwaite Business Park, South Kirkby. (www.RCP21.com) It`s team has been delivering a range of support to businesses and the public sector for over 20 years.
4. What support is being offered by RCP21?
RCP21’s PEAT Project is called SEBLO (South East Business Lift Off) and will support individuals and businesses in the South East. Individuals will qualify for support if they live in the areas identified on the map. Businesses will qualify for support if they are trading in the area or are establishing a business in the area identified on the map.
There are 5 Schemes to our SEBLO Project these are:-
1. Supporting existing enterprises, which will be *SME’s
2. Supporting new enterprises, which can be start-up businesses or SME’s
3. Assisting potential entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas to a point where it is ready to launch
4. Increasing employment in supported enterprises
5. Providing access to business Mentors
To find out more about how each of the Schemes will work and what the benefits are for you, please read the enclosed information sheet for that Scheme.
*The definition of a SME for the purposes of this project is “a business with fewer than 250 employees, with a turnover of less than €50 million euros.
Please find below details of how RCP21 have supported businesses in the Wakefield District as part of the Wakefield Business Support Programme (a previous project that RCP21 were one of the partners involved in delivering).