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Rural Enterprise News: 19 February

As we approach the end of February, why not take advantage of what is a quieter period for many businesses by participating in one of the following events or opportunities:

DigiTay Digital Skills Third Sector Challenge Fund

Third sector organisations and social enterprises can apply for a grant of between £5,000 and £45,000 to address the digital skills gap in the Tay Cities Region. The fund is for new and innovative pilot programmes, activities, or initiatives to be delivered between April 2024 – September 2025. Applications close on Sunday 17th March 2024. For more information visit DigiTay website or email

Badenoch & Strathspey Short Term Let Control Area Information Sessions

Highland Council has organised 3 public information sessions highlighting changes the Badenoch & Strathspey Short Term Let Control Area will bring when they come into effect on 4 March 2024. They are: Online meeting 3-5pm, Thursday 22.02.24 hosted on Microsoft Teams; In person meeting, Aviemore Library, 2-4pm, Wednesday 28.02.24; In person meeting, Aviemore Library, 7-9pm, Wednesday 28.02.24. Find out more here.

Can Your Business Help Drive Tayside's Net Zero, Nature Positive Economy? Event

This free event by Bioregioning Tayside, which GrowBiz is also participating in, will explain how your business can play a part in enabling the Net Zero, Nature Positive Economy needed to make sure your business thrives. Taking place on 19 March from 9.30am – 12.00pm at Little’s Restaurant, Blairgowrie, PH10 7GA.  Book here or download the flyer:

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The Elephant in the Bin! Reduce Food Waste and Boost Profits - Event

Tackling food waste is one of the most impactful things we can all do to reduce our contribution to the climate crisis. Join the discussion and hear from keynote speaker, MasterChef The Professional champion Gary Maclean, alongside Zero Waste Scotland and David Ritchies & Sons. There will also be a Highland "Ready, Steady, Cook" competition and a networking lunch. Takes place on Tuesday 12 March, 09.45-12.30, at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore. Tickets are £10.00 +VAT. Find out more and book here.

Building a Fair Workplace - Event

This interactive online event from Peer Works will look at leadership skills, recruitment, fair work and employment law. Runs from 15.30 - 17.00, 14 March, online. Find out more and book here.

The Big Small Business Festival 2024

This series of events taking place across the Scottish Borders from March 11 to March 14 will welcome speakers from a range of sectors who will provide actionable insights for small business in the South of Scotland. Find out more and book tickets here.

Perthshire Artisans Call Out Open

Perthshire Artisans, the supportive platform for creatives in Perth & Kinross that's run by GrowBiz, is open for applications until Thursday 29 February. Successful applicants will benefit from being part of the Perthshire Artisans community from early April and be live on the website from the end of May. Find out more here.

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