Brecks Local Action Group
Using the strengths and coherence of the Brecks, to support truly sustainable growth and deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.
The Brecks Local Action Group area crosses over four district council areas and includes the hub tows of Swaffham, Wymondham, Thetford in Norfolk and Mildenhall in Suffolk. Also all other smaller towns and villages and the rural areas in between.
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Brecks Local Action Group under LEADER
Under the LEADER funding programme, the Brecks area ran a successful Local Action Group in 2007-13. Having increased the membership in the last years and gained expertise, the Brecks Local Action Group wishes to capitalise on the experience and approach developed from LEADER.
Now the Brecks Local Action Group is in a superior starting point, using good qualitative and quantitative consultation and research as a basis for their strategy, in an economy that has turned the corner. This has to be seen in light of the vital A11 upgrade which presents a new, massive opportunity for the people and businesses of the Brecks. This strong baseline gives the Brecks Local Action Group the best opportunity to make a positive impact and deliver a quality local development strategy for the area.
Priorities for funding in Brecks area are:
Through the LIFT programme, Brecks Local Action Group is looking to fund projects that will offer solutions for local businesses and people
- Enable rural businesses to recruit, train and retain staff they need
- Overcome the barriers faced by many working age residents in rural areas to be ready for, and secure employment including self- employment.
The Brecks area has a higher than national average proportion of residents working in basic level jobs and a lower than national average proportion people working in high skilled, professional level jobs.
There is a need to support existing businesses by helping them to ‘upskill’ existing employees with bespoke training packages in order to keep their business operating to capacity and to develop and grow.
Improving English language and basic numeracy, literacy and ICT skills could raise the confidence and prospects of employees and job seekers. This may also encourage those not currently seeking work to enter the local workforce.