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Rural Enterprise News: 16 May

The second half of May is looking busy, with a number of opportunities and events happening in rural Scotland. We hope the following compilation of some of them is helpful:

Women’s Enterprise Networking - Recognising and Knowing Your Value as a Business Owner, Wed, 31 May, 18:30 - 21:00

Knowing and recognising your value is a theme that often crops up for women business owners who are juggling work and family life. GrowBiz is hosting this Women's Enterprise Network as an opportunity for an honest and informal discussion around this issue. The event will be hosted by Deputy CEO, Clair Smith, together with Enterprise Facilitator Karen Martin and Shareon Gordon. You'll come away with some practical tips and techniques to support you. Please join us promptly at 6.30pm for networking over a buffet, with proceedings starting at 7pm. We'll finish at 8.30pm but you are welcome to continue networking and making connections until 9pm.

2023 Social Innovation Challenge

The Social Innovation Challenge funds and supports innovators to kick-start solutions that tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time. This year the Social Innovation Challenge focuses on the issues connected with the rising cost of living. The most impactful social enterprise solution will receive £50,000 and tailored support. Find out more here.

Great Perthshire Meet The Producers Day

This free business to business event will take place at Arbikie Distillery on Tuesday, June 13th 09:00 - 12:00 and aims to bring together food and drink producers, retailers, wholesalers, hospitality, tourism businesses and more. It’s being run along with the regional groups from Angus, Dundee & Fife and places are limited to 8 from each region. Apply by May 26th. Find out more and get tickets here.

Rural Employment Incentive 23/24

Applications for this rural Perth & Kinross scheme are currently open to small/medium sized businesses in the area with less than 50 employees. You must offer an employee at least 25 hrs of work per week for at least 26 weeks and a Real Living Wage. Employees must also be based in rural Perth & Kinross and be aged 16-29 years. Email to find out more.

Women in Enterprise Cross Party Group

This in-person session will be discussing pension poverty for women and the pension gender gap, which is a particularly important issue for self-employed women. The event is taking place on Wednesday the 24th of May at 6pm in the Scottish Parliament Building, The Clerk Maxwell Room, T1.60-CR4 Edinburgh EH99 1SP. Come along for an informative discussion about your financial future. Book here.

King’s Awards For Enterprise 2024

Applications from UK businesses and enterprises are now open for the King’s Awards 2023 in the categories of International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development, and Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility. The awards are valid for 5 years and it’s free to enter. You can apply in more than one category. Check eligibility here.

Perthshire Talks Cultural Tourism

This event will bring together Perthshire-based tourism businesses on 25 May at Perth Art Gallery from 5-7pm. The event is themed around cultural opportunities and experiences on offer in the area, and will also include the chance to do some networking. Find out more and book here.

Perth and Kinross Funding Roadshow

Have face-to-face conversations driven by your questions about funding at this event from The Gannochy Trust, National Lottery Community Fund, and Third Sector Interface (P&K). The Roadshows first visit will be to Strathmore Community Hub, Coupar Angus on Wednesday 24th May 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm. Click here to book and/or see other dates.

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