Debbie Richardson Saddle Fitter

 

 

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NEWARK WOMAN SADDLES UP FOR SUCCESS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

As women across the UK celebrate their business successes on International Women's Day (8 March) a Newark woman is proving that women can be just as successful in the country as in the city.

Debbie Richardson of Farndon near Newark is one of a growing number of British women running successful rural enterprises in industries or skills areas traditionally dominated by men.

Just five years after setting up her own saddle fitting and repair business, Debbie is now on the verge of building the county's first purpose built Saddle Fit Centre at Brough near Newark. With the help of 14,894 Rural Enterprise Scheme funding from Defra, Debbie will be setting up a Saddlers Workshop, Stables and Riding Surface where riders from across the region can bring their horses to be properly measured and assessed for saddle fitting and adjustments.

To become a Society of Master Saddlers Qualified Saddler and Saddle fitter, Debbie spent in total seven years training and has also achieved Master Saddler status, building on her saddlery skills and her specialist interest in saddle fitting. She set up as a sole trader in the year 2000 and gradually built up her business through word of mouth and reputation. Five years later her skills are in such demand that she needs to expand the facilities and take on a trainee.

She says: "I had been involved in schooling horses and show jumping for many years and worked in a saddlery for seven years, the owner came to retirement age and I decided to give it a go alone.

"After training in saddlery skills with the Countryside Agency at Salisbury, I started my own business with the business start up grant from Newark and Sherwood District Council and a small amount of stock. I've been surprised how the business and stock has grown and I'm delighted that I am now able to expand and provide employment for a trainee in this specialised area of the equestrian industry.

Business now comes from farmers, riding schools, livery / competition yards and individual riders mainly in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

Sarah Fraser from the Rural Development Service, said:

"We are pleased to support Deborah with the expansion and development of her saddlery business which provides an important service to the equestrian industry within the area. The new saddle fitting and trial facilities will enable Deborah to offer her professional services in a purpose built environment and will create local employment. She has already built up a good reputation for the quality of her work in this specialised but important rural craft and we wish her every success in the future."

To simplify funding for rural areas and better target it to the needs of rural people in each region Defra is reviewing its funding streams. The current social and economic schemes of the ERDP will not be rolled forward into the next programme, which will run from 2007 to 2013, after the current ERDP closes at the end of this year.

Friday, 30 June 2006 will be the last date on which new applications may be accepted under the Rural Enterprise Scheme, the Processing and Marketing Grant, the Vocational Training Scheme and the Energy Crops (SRC) Producer Group Scheme.

Customers who are in the process of developing a proposal for a business or community project with a view to seeking a grant from one of these schemes are recommended to discuss their proposal with a representative from the Rural Development Service http://www.defra.gov.uk/rds

Notes to editors

For further information about Debra's saddlery business tel: 01636 701790

1. The Rural Enterprise Scheme (RES) is one of the schemes which operate under the England Rural Development Programme. Its coverage is wide-ranging with the primary aim being to help farmers adapt to changing markets and develop new business opportunities. RES also has a broader role in supporting the development of the rural economy, community, heritage and environment so other rural businesses, partnerships, companies and rural community groups are also eligible to receive funding.

2. Around 150 million of EU and Government money has been allocated to RES from April 2001 to 2006. The scheme is available throughout England, except in designated Objective 1 areas such as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly where separate funding schemes apply.

3. The England Rural Development Programme (ERDP) provides a framework for the operation of 7 separate but integrated schemes which provide new opportunities to protect and improve the countryside, to develop sustainable enterprises and to help rural communities to thrive. The schemes (and a brief outline of their aims) are:

Environmental Stewardship (a new scheme replacing the Countryside Stewardship, Environmentally Sensitive Areas and Organic Farming Schemes, which are now closed to new applicants). The scheme is designed to conserve England's countryside, securing widespread environmental benefits. Hill Farm Allowance (supporting sustainable farming in the English hills). English Woodland Grant Scheme (a new scheme replacing the Woodland Grant and Farm Woodland Premium Schemes). The scheme aims to encourage planting of new woodland and maintenance of existing woodland. Energy Crops Scheme (encouraging renewable energy production). Rural Enterprise Scheme (supporting a diversified and enterprising rural economy). Vocational Training Scheme (improving occupational skills of farmers). Processing and Marketing Grant (improving agricultural processing and marketing infrastructure).

4. A total of 1.6 billion of EU and Government money is being made available under these schemes in England during the 7 years (2000 to 2006) of the Programme.

5. To simplify funding for rural areas and better target it to the needs of rural people in each region Defra is reviewing its funding streams. The current social and economic schemes of the ERDP will not be rolled forward into the next programme, which will run from 2007 to 2013, after the current ERDP closes at the end of this year.

Friday, 30 June 2006 will be the last date on which new applications may be accepted under the Rural Enterprise Scheme, the Processing and Marketing Grant, the Vocational Training Scheme and the Energy Crops (SRC) Producer Group Scheme.

Customers who are in the process of developing a proposal for a business or community project with a view to seeking a grant from one of these schemes are recommended to discuss their proposal with a representative from the Rural Development Service http://www.defra.gov.uk/rds

The 30 June deadline does not apply to Objective 1 and LEADER+ funding; neither does it apply to Environmental Stewardship (Entry Level and Higher Level Schemes); nor does it relate to the Energy Crops Scheme Establishment Grants, the Hill Farm Allowance, or the English Woodland Grant Scheme.

6. The administration of approved project cases under the Rural Enterprise Scheme, the Processing and Marketing Grant, the Vocational Training Scheme and the Energy Crops (SRC) Producer Group Scheme, is planned to transfer from the Rural Development Service to Regional Development Agencies at the end of September 2006. Agreement holders affected by this change can be assured that this will not result in any changes to the terms and conditions of the grant award; details of the revised administrative arrangements will be sent out nearer the time.

7. The Rural Enterprise Scheme is delivered by the Rural Development Service (RDS) which, with the administration of a multi-million pound grant budget, is the single largest organisation working for the benefit of rural areas in England. The Rural Development Service has multi-skilled teams of around 1,500 staff working in eight regions across England and works with rural partners and local people to achieve:

* Environmental enhancement * Better conservation of wildlife and biodiversity * Stronger rural economies and communities.

8. As part of Rural Strategy 2004, Defra has reviewed its funding streams for rural areas. The Department is committed to reducing the current range of schemes and programmes to a framework based around three major funds targeted to the three Departmental strategic priorities impacting on rural areas: environmental land management and natural resource protection; sustainable rural communities; and sustainable food and farming. This approach aims to achieve greater simplicity for customers and to improve value for money; it is being implemented progressively, with the final stage to be completed with the roll out of the next rural development programme (2007-2013). Further details of the funding streams review can be found at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/rural/ruraldelivery/funding/default.htm

Issued on behalf of the Rural Development Service by GNN East Midlands.

Client ref EM/36/06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Debbie Richardson Qualified Saddle Fitter,

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Debbie Richardson Master Saddler,

 

 

 

 

 

      Debbie Richardson Saddle Fitter supported by Defra,