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Wiltshire military wives to get £1.9 million boost for jobs and rural growth

More than 200 jobs are expected to be created and 450 businesses supported in Wiltshire’s military towns following a £1.9 million Government investment in the region’s rural economy, Defra Minister Richard Benyon announced on his Rural Roadshow to the region yesterday.

Wiltshire is one of five regions selected for a Rural Growth Network grant to help rural areas overcome the barriers to economic growth, such as shortage of business opportunities and poor broadband access.

This Rural Growth Network is unique among the pilot projects for its military focus – boosting the job prospects of the partners of servicemen and women based in the ‘garrison towns’ of Ludgershall, Tidworth, Amesbury, Bulford and Durrington.  The project will help to identify the best ways to create business opportunities at other rural garrisons across the country.

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