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Rural Enterprise News: 13 June

With a hot and sunny week coming up for most of rural and island Scotland, we hope you’re able to get some time outside to enjoy it. Perhaps take your device and a cuppa into the garden while you browse this blog post? We hope you find it motivating and helpful:

Highland Council Community Regeneration Fund

This Highland Council fund is now open for expressions of interest from community groups and organisations. It will finance revenue projects and applicants must meet specific criteria to apply. The deadline to submit an expression of interest is 12pm Friday 16 June. Find out more here.

Moray Business Women Conference

This year’s Moray Business Women Conference is taking place on 27 - 28 of June and will include a charity dinner with keynote speaker Dr Poonam Gupta OBE, raising funds for SurfABLE Scotland via a silent auction. The following day is the main summer conference, with Janet Murray (The Courageous Content Planner) as keynote speaker. Find out more and book here.

Used Electric Vehicle Loan for Business

Businesses in Scotland who’d like to purchase a used electric or hydrogen vehicle can get an interest free loan through Transport Scotland of up to £90,000 for limited companies and up to £75,000 for sole traders or partnerships. Find out more here. An eBike Business Loan is also available, with more information here.

Strathmore Community Hub

The Strathmore Community Hub is a newly developed, multi-purpose facility in Coupar Angus offering flexible and affordable room hire to community groups and local businesses. The Hub is equipped for small groups like crafters, parent-toddler meets, and book clubs; community events and gatherings; and corporate training, conferences, and co-working. The spacious, light-filled Atrium and cafe is the perfect spot to work remotely while enjoying a cuppa. Contact Graeme ( or visit Trades Lane, Coupar Angus for more information.

East Lothian Young Entrepreneur Prize

East Lothian Investments Ltd have launched an Annual Young Entrepreneur Prize for those aged 16 to 25 in the area who have been trading for at least 3 months and up to a maximum of 3 years. The winner will receive £1,500 to contribute towards their business. The deadline is 1st November 2023. Find out more here.

Scottish Rural Leadership Programme

Business owners, directors or senior members of a rurally based business or organisation can now apply to the 2023/2024 programme. Designed to get you thinking differently and looking at your business in a new way, workshops, coaching and peer-to-peer support are included. There is a fixed participant contribution of £850.00 (ex VAT) for the programme. Find out more here.

Adapt Your Property Fund

Perth and Kinross Council is offering this fund to help business and property owners upgrade and re-purpose vacant commercial properties. Up to 50% of the cost of the project to a maximum of £75,000 is available. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday 30th June. Find out more here.

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