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Rural Enterprise News: 17 November

We are now well into November, but there are still some events, news and opportunities happening for rural Scotland in this penultimate month of the year. Read on to find out what's available:

Productivity Clubs: In November the Clubs are focusing on digital transformation. Hear from case study speakers who’ve successfully embedded digital and technological innovations to boost productivity and performance. Also attending will be experts who can provide relevant business support. One event remains for this month: Tayside Club – Wednesday 23rd 08.30-10.30 Dundee

Aberdeenshire Business Start-Up Grant Scheme: Start up businesses in Aberdeenshire can now apply for a grant of £1,000 for those with no premises, or £3,000 if taking on premises. All eligible business must not have been trading or sold goods prior to 1st July 2022 and must be engaged within the Business Gateway service. Find out more here.

Heritage Horizons: Cairngorms 2030 — Wellbeing Economy Business Survey: This project wants to hear from businesses within the Cairngorms National Park on what they understand by a wellbeing economy and what support they would need in order to get involved. Take the survey here.

Poverty Alliance’s Annual Conference: The conference, Learning from the Past – For a Better Future, will take place at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on the 25th of November. A wide range of topics will be covered in addressing poverty, including Community Wealth Building, in-work poverty, minimum incomes, welfare reform, and equalities. Nicola Sturgeon will give the opening address.

Blairgowrie & Rattray Strategic Development Officer Opportunity: Blairgowrie & Rattray Development Trust (BRDT) has been awarded funding to appoint a short-term consultant to support strategic development and financial planning. Tenders from interested consultants should be submitted to by Wednesday 30th November 2022. Find out more here.

Rural Exchange Portal: This new platform for people living and working in rural and island Scotland to share their experiences has been launched by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). It’s currently hosting a survey about how the cost of living crisis is affecting individuals, communities and businesses. Take a look here.

In-person Festive Women’s Enterprise Network Events: GrowBiz's final Women's Enterprise meetings of 2022 will take place on Wednesday, 7 December, 18:30 - 21:00. A double event, it will be held at the following two locations:


Attendees can join in either location for delicious festive food and a chance to network. A contribution of £15 towards your meal, which includes a welcome drink, two course meal and coffee, is requested.

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