Case studies

Case studies

Case studies 2014 - 2020

The Northumberland Coast and Lowlands Local Action Group has met to consider and approve projects. A brief synopsis of some of these projects is shown below.
 
Project Title: Aln Valley Railway Phase 2 - Track Materials to Bridge 6
  A funding grant of £35,462.00 was awarded by the Northumberland Coast & Lowlands LEADER Local Action Group
 
Project Summary:
Phase 1, now completed with the help of a previous LEADER grant, was to build a new station and visitor centre at Lionheart in Alnwick. The station is now open for visitors and offering train rides on track within the station area.
 
The present application (Phase 2) is for funding to purchase track materials to extend the line from Lionheart Station to Bridge 6 on the old trackbed (the embankment required has been completed), some 700m. 

Project Title: Coffee Roaster Expansion
  A funding grant of £9,538.00 was awarded by the Northumberland Coast & Lowlands LEADER Local Action Group

Project Summary:

This larger roaster has allowed increased production and improved product consistency / quality. It roasts the coffee beans at high 210C temperature, but only takes 1.75 hours for a much larger batch, compared to a 9 hours process for the smaller roaster used previously. This has direct benefits in freeing up time for other work, particularly packing as this is quite labour intensive but allows them to add a personal touch.

Each retail pack is date stamped with roast date to highlight product freshness. This business will then be able to expand by supplying more coffee to existing trade customers (including local tea shops and hotels) and attracting new customers

Project Title: Rigg & Furrow (Forest Brewery)
  A funding grant of £34,395.63 was awarded by the Northumberland Coast & Lowlands LEADER Local Action Group

Project Summary:

Rigg and Furrow will transform an unused milking parlour into a production microbrewery, with a capacity of 10 Brewers Barrels (1600 litres) per brew. The aim of the Brewery is to brew beer with a true sense of place (terroir) which reflects the true character of our family farm in rural Northumberland.

The beer is brewed with malted barley and hops grown on the farm, and fermented with a house strain of yeast cultured from local fruit and flowers. The objective is to build a successful brand, emulating  the success of American Farmhouse breweries. 

Project Title: Wood Chipper for Sustainable  Woodland Management
    A funding grant of £3,600.00 was awarded by the Northumberland Coast & Lowlands LEADER Local Action Group

Project Summary:

To aid the expansion of their business the applicant purchased a wood chipper at an approximate cost of £8000. The purpose of the wood chipper is to help with woodland management services across Northumberland. 

Project Title - Fresh Meat Production / Dedicated Cutting Unit
    A funding grant of £33,688.00 was awarded by the Northumberland Coast & Lowlands LEADER Local Action Group

Project Summary:

This project has allowed the applicant to streamline the production of its fresh meat and fresh meat products. By processing fresh meats in a dedicated cutting unit, the business is able to  increase efficiency and enable production of retail packs of local Northumbrian meats and meat products for sale through their existing retail store in Alnwick town centre.

The unit has provided the space to utilise new equipment to achieve this. The project allowed the business to expand sales and production leading to the creation of new jobs within the business.

Project Title - Chathill Straw Pelleting Plant
     A funding grant of £87,380.00 was awarded by the Northumberland Coast & Lowlands LEADER Local Action Group

Project Summary:

The aim of this project was to create a fixed straw pelleting plant at Chathill Farm,  using byproducts from harvesting grain such as straw and convert them into a commodity with a number of different markets and outlets at an increased value to its raw state.

Straw pellets are produced in-house from the farms own source of straw and from a locally bought in supply, The straw pellets produced can be used for fuel for biomass boiler systems as an alternative to woodchip, bedding for livestock and horses, feed for livestock, pet litter/bedding. The project created new jobs for the business, as well as increasing the income stream of the business to increase its viability and sustainability.

Please find the case studies for 2007 - 2013 here