SDF has supported a wide range of projects that will contribute to the local economy, including local produce and makers. A case study and some other recent examples feature below.
Waste not, want not
Turning wood shavings into fuel that will heat a workshop is the aim of a Dales-based cabinet and furniture making business, Kent Furniture Ltd.
The company plans to compress the waste wood shavings in a briquette-making machine. The main objective is to reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions by recycling a waste product that will then be used in a wood-burning stove to provide heating.
The applicant is an established family business, based in Grassington, and selling to individuals in the UK and overseas. They employ local craftsmen to create traditional high quality furniture using timber from sustainable and managed environments.
The £4,500 SDF grant paid for the briquette making equipment.
Other completed projects
- Promotional film showcasing local businesses in the Sedbergh area that is used by the Sedbergh and District Chamber of Trade to encourage visitors and residents to visit the area (£916)
- The Ales Way Trail project aims to promote local pubs in Upper Wharfedale enabling residents and visitor to use a bus service to experience local food and drink (£3,000)
- Installation of new display shelving, island unit and floor covering for the Craft Workshop Co-operative in Sedbergh to improve their retail offer of local crafts (£3,000)
- A new preserves cooking kettle at Raydale Preserves. The new equipment will be used to increase production and enhance the range of locally made chutneys and jams (£2,924)
- Creation of a web-based network of food producers aimed at connecting retailers, restaurants, hospitality and consumers, Yorkshire Dales Food Network (£10,000)
- Update of socio-economic report covering development plans in preparation for the planned reinstatement of the Wensleydale railway line between Redmire and Aysgarth, Wensleydale Railway Association (£4,999)
And some in the pipeline...
- Installation of extraction system, wood burning heater and pressure spray pump to ensure waste and emissions from a Clapham based furniture business manufacturing processes are reduced, Mark James Kitchens (£4,400)
- Stage 1 Cycle Engagement Project aims to obtain an adventure activity licence and activity provider accreditation, which should enable this Hawes-based cycle business to develop a programme of different and more challenging cycling activities for the community and visitors (£1,355)
- A feasibility study that will consider a year round visitor facility at Kirkby Stephen which will contribute to the Eden Valley (£2,500)