The Community Innovation Denbighshire project is a partnership approach between Cadwyn Clwyd Rural Development Agency and Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council (DVSC). The activities will focus on community led local economic development and will enable geographical and sectoral communities in Denbighshire to realise and foster innovation and an entrepreneurial attitude at the local and micro level. This UK-CRF funded project will act as a catalyst for further intervention through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Cadwyn Clwyd’s element will deliver the following activities:

We will deliver investment in local businesses and communities through supporting communities, businesses and potential entrepreneurs at the micro and local level to unleash their creative potential and support innovation. Activities will focus on:

  • Improving business productivity, competitiveness and growth.
  • Supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Facilitating local collaboration on economic development to achieve added value from joint working and enhanced collaboration

We will work with:

  • Denbighshire Community Action Groups – clusters of geographical community groups (e.g. relevant to market towns or industrial estates) and clusters of sectoral communities of micro and small businesses to enable them to undertake pilot projects and feasibility studies on a collective basis with focus on green growth and post covid recovery.
  • Individual Businesses Denbighshire Innovation Grant – Individual micro and small business (start up and existing) including social enterprises, to innovate and trial new products, processes, and service delivery with emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. The project will trial a support package for individuals and business entities at the local level to develop new ventures and business ideas with a firm focus on unleashing creative potential. A pilot project will be trialed providing a bursary for revenue costs of £5,000 for 25 applicants in Denbighshire together with hands on support via Business Wales.

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-community-renewal-fund-prospectus