The Physical Regeneration team has run several conversion grant schemes. The aim of conversion grants is to assist the physical and economic regeneration of rural Carmarthenshire. This has been achieved by offering grant aid to private sector rural businesses to convert redundant buildings for business use.
The most recent scheme was the £1.2 million Rural Conversion Grant scheme which ran from September 2009 to August 2011. The popular scheme helped fund conversion projects for seven businesses based in the authorities Rural Development Plan Area. On completion the scheme will result in the expansion of five existing businesses, the creation of two new businesses, the safeguarding of 12.5 full time equivalent jobs and the creation of 27 full time equivalent jobs.
Penybanc Business Services
Roger & Simone Broome received a £30,378 Rural Conversion Grant from a Carmarthenshire County Council administered grant programme to convert a redundant former calving shed into meeting, event and conference facilities.
The project which cost £60,756 has enabled Penybanc Business Services to be able to concurrently deliver activities, fully catered courses & events. In addition the business has been able to expand into new markets with the development of management training & team building courses. The project has resulted in the creation of one full time job and has secured the existing 2.5 full time jobs already provided by the business.
The authority has received funding to deliver the project through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
Husband and wife team Phil England and Sharon Naylor received a Rural Conversion Grant from a Carmarthenshire County Council administered grant programme to carry out extensive building work to an out-building at their Capel Isaac home.
The barn, which was once run as a dairy and stable was transformed into two adjoining offices with a small kitchenette and bathroom as the couple needed a more suitable work area in order to run their booming business, a team building events business which operates all over Europe.
They now work from plush, modern offices in the idyllic surroundings of their home after receiving £20,000 towards the £50,000 project. The team liaise with contacts all over the country to set up appropriate conference days, team-building activities according to a client’s wants and needs.
The Rural Conversion Grant, consisting of European Objective 1 money, formed part of Carmarthenshire County Council’s Strategic Towns and Villages Initiative and the £450million regeneration master plan.