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Quilter Cheviot launches Rural Innovation Programme

Quilter Cheviot offers £30,000 funding to businesses through its Rural Innovation Programme

Quilter Cheviot Investment Management has launched a new venture to reward businesses and entrepreneurs who are making a positive difference to rural areas.

The Rural Innovation Programme will award £30,000 to a business that is utilising innovation to ensure rural communities continue to prosper for generations to come. Businesses in the UK and Ireland that can demonstrate they are using innovative techniques to help sustain rural communities can apply from today until 14 June.

Quilter Cheviot is passionate about Great Britain and Ireland’s countryside and the aim is for the funding to have a long-term positive impact. Successful applicants will be able to show how they can use the funding to help make a significant contribution, helping those who live and work in rural communities.

Applicants to the Quilter Cheviot Rural Innovation Programme will be judged by a selected panel that includes TV presenter Joe Crowley; Vice-Chancellor of Harper Adams University, Dr David Llewellyn; and Emma Jones MBE, CEO and founder of Enterprise Nation.

Andy McGlone, CEO of Quilter Cheviot will also sit on the panel. He said: “As investment managers we are extremely passionate about celebrating the countryside and rural communities, whilst sharing an appreciation for the local businesses that contribute to Britain and Ireland’s rural economy. Innovation is also at the heart of what we do so we feel this is a great opportunity to help further connect and foster a partnership between us and these communities.”

Quilter Cheviot supports a number of country shows including BBC Countyfile Live, the Suffolk Show, the Royal Bath & West Show and the New Forest & Hampshire Show.

For 2019, Quilter plc, Quilter Cheviot’s parent company, has been named as the title sponsor of both BBC Countryfile Live events at Blenheim Palace (1-4 August) and Castle Howard (15-18 August). This will be the fourth year of Quilter Cheviot’s involvement with BBC Countryfile Live, and they will be present at both events in 2019.