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Rural Enterprise News: 16 November

As winter approaches, it's a good idea to seek out support, learning and networking events and other opportunities, to keep motivated, inspired and positive. See what you can take advantage of in this blog post:

Energy Efficiency Grant

Businesses in the Highland council area can apply for a grant of up to £15,000 to overcome barriers on their net zero journey. It can be used to support changes to business premises and operations to reduce their carbon footprint from energy consumption. Find out more here.

Cyber Resilience Campaign

As part of the Cyber Scotland Partnership funding initiative, Breeze Digital, with partners the Cyber and Fraud Centre Scotland and Inspiralba, are launching the Cyber Resilience Campaign to increase cyber security awareness and resilience in Scotland and foster a secure online environment for all. Take a look at the Strategic Framework here, or book for the Cyber Resilience workshop on 21 November at Cowdenbeath here.

National Rural Mental Health Forum

The next online National Rural Mental Health Forum is on Wednesday the 29th of November from 11am to 1pm and will share the progress of the new Government Suicide Prevention Strategy and Self Harm Strategy, as well as hearing from the University of Edinburgh Generation Scotland, who are needing support from rural areas to improve the life chances of younger generations experiencing loneliness. Register here.

AI Learning Session

Curious about using AI in your content marketing? Join this GrowBiz learning session on Wed, 22 November, 11:00 - 12:30, online, to look at ways in which you can specifically use ChatGPT to assist you in your business. Book here.

Highland Digital Grant

Highland Businesses can apply for up to £5000 to develop and implement digital systems that improve performance and enable growth. The Grant covers 80% of eligible project costs up to the maximum amount. Find out more here.

Bite and a Blether: Local Bites Networking Event

This collaborative networking event from Business Gateway Perth and The Auld Brig on the 22 November is an opportunity to connect with other local food and drink entrepreneurs. Hear from Lukasz Lewaskiewicz—master roaster and co-owner of The Auld Brig—and Daniel Muir, the project lead on Great Perthshire for GrowBiz. Daniel will share insights into the wonders of the region and the advantages of being part of the thriving local food and drink community. Find out more and book here.

Green Living Fund

This fund is inviting bids for projects on the themes of Energy, Transport, Waste and Circular Economy, Resilience and Engagement. Open to communities across Perth and Kinross, proposals can be submitted online before 15 December. Find out more here.

Festive Women's Enterprise Network Events

The GrowBiz Women's Enterprise networks are designed to support women starting, running or growing a business or even for those who are thinking about it. Join one of the below in person WENs for networking opportunities over a lovely festive meal.

On this occasion there's a contribution of £17.50 towards your meal which includes a welcome drink on arrival, two course meal and coffee or tea. All welcome.

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