The Rural Asset Multiplier Pilot Programme will test an innovative place-based approach to investing in Northumberland

Rural Northumberland is home to some of the country’s most distinctive and valuable natural and cultural assets, including a pristine coastline; one of the UK’s largest farming sectors; a leading forestry industry; plentiful renewable energy resources and carbon capture capability; productive woodlands and waterways; precious nature habitats and biodiversity; and unique Borderlands culture and heritage.   These assets offer a huge potential to boost growth and prosperity, contribute to climate change goals and improve the wellbeing of local communities.

Northumberland County Council and the North of Tyne Combined Authority have worked with a diverse range of rural stakeholders to develop a North of Tyne Stewardship and Rural Growth Investment approach. The approach aligns and balances investment in:

  • Stewardship: looking after and enhancing our precious natural assets in a way that provides environmental, social, and economic benefits.
  • Rural growth: developing the rural economy, and growing businesses, jobs and wealth in a way that simultaneously delivers environmental and social benefits

The Rural Asset Multiplier Pilot (RAMP) will develop a series of new projects which will invest in Northumberland’s natural, economic, and cultural assets. The RAMP will invest in projects that will enhance the environment, grow the rural economy, and improve opportunity and prosperity in rural communities, multiplying environmental, social and economic benefits in local areas.

Northumberland County Council are taking a lead in the development of the RAMP.

The projects within the RAMP will align with the Northumberland Small Business Service (delivered by Advance Northumberland).

This investment is a combination of the North of Tyne Combined Authority Investment Fund, the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the Rural England Prosperity Fund which the North of Tyne Combined Authority administers on behalf of the UK Government

Read more about the RAMP Programme on Northumberland County Council webpages.

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