£100k cash boost for Linlithgow business

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BUMPER growth is expected at one Linlithgow business after a £100,000 cash boost.

Benholm Plant Displays, three miles out of the royal burgh, successfully applied for £101,580 from the Rural Priorities fund to install a biomass boiler and build a new greenhouse. The developments will also create up to 10 new jobs at the firm.

The boiler will provide 100 per cent of the business’s heating, replacing the current heating system which runs on electricity and propane. It will also heat the new greenhouse with underfloor heating providing consistent levels of evaporation and humidity. This will improve growing conditions and allow the business to expand into the tropical plant market, supplying plants to offices.

31 projects have been approved in the tenth Rural Priorities funding round with £4.1m splashed out on the rural Forth area.

Richard Lochhead, cabinet secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, said: “A diverse range of valuable community, business and environmental projects will benefit in the coming years from the latest awards under our Rural Development Programme. ”