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Rural Enterprise News: 19 September

With the autumnal weather making itself felt outside, it’s a good time to grab a cuppa and browse the helpful events, opportunities, updates and stories for rural enterprises and communities contained in this blog article:

National Islands Plan Review

People living in, working in/with, or with an interest in Scotland’s islands can review and respond to the National Islands Plan by midnight 9 October 2023. This will be used to inform policy. Find out more here.

Scottish Agritourism Conference

Anyone with an interest in agritourism can join this conference on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 November at Perth Concert Hall. The programme can be found at and tickets can be purchased here.

The Royal Countryside Fund

Supporting Rural Communities is a grant programme for not-for-profits of up to 25,000 over two years. Projects in rural villages and towns can be supported. The deadline to apply is midday, Friday 20 October. Find out more here.

Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards 2023

Entries to the Business Star Awards 2023 are now open to all businesses in Perthshire/Perth and Kinross until 5pm on Friday 13 October. You can enter up to three categories of the sixteen available. Find out more here.

Sourcing Scotland

Scotland Food & Drink’s Sourcing Scotland event is returning to Perth Concert Hall on the 25 October. Bringing together buyers and suppliers, 70 Scottish food and drink producers are taking part. Buyers can find out more and book here.

Productivity Matters Conference

SCDI are hosting a conference on Friday 29 September on the theme Fit for the Future: how organisations can survive and flourish, at the University of Glasgow. It features some great speakers and is free to attend. Find out more and book here.

The Scottish Smallholder Festival

Back for 2023 with a new venue at The Royal Highland Centre, The Scottish Smallholder Festival takes place on 14 October. The following competitions are available to enter until 1 October: Livestock, Garden, Craft & Food, and Sausages. Find out more here.

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