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Rural Enterprise News: 25 January

With the first month of 2024 almost behind us, our rural enterprise blog this week focuses on February events and deadlines, as well as important updates for spring:

Open University Microcredential Courses

The OU in Scotland is currently offering some fully funded places on their accredited Microcredential courses. These courses run from 10 – 12 weeks online and are designed for people looking to gain new practical skills and knowledge for work. Courses on offer include subject areas such as: Financial Accounting; Project Management; Sustainability; Mental Health; People Management; Leadership; Change Management; Marketing. Find more information and apply by 4 February 2024 here.

Flexible Working

For businesses with employees, find out about the new flexible working legislation coming into effect in 2024 here.

Appointment of Board Members to Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint up to two new Members of the Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Appointments will be from April 2024 and last for three years. Find more information and apply here.

eBay for Change Webinar

In partnership with Social Enterprise UK, eBay for Change helps social enterprises join the eBay marketplace and access millions of shoppers. Social Enterprise UK are offering businesses a free introductory webinar to learn more about how you can set up and scale your shopfront. The webinars will be held at: 6pm on Thursday 15 February; 10am on Tuesday 20 February. To register your interest, click here or for more information about the programme click here. If you have any questions, please email

Care and Wellbeing Support

Are you a personal assistant, carer, therapist, wellbeing practitioner or do you have another self-employed role in the Care and Wellbeing sector? The GrowBiz team are available to support you whatever your role, with learning sessions, 1-1 support, networking opportunities etc. Please get in touch with Hayley at

Low Emission Zones

Low Emission Zones (LEZs) have been introduced across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen and will be enforced in May/June 2024. This may affect business who deliver in those areas. Find out more and see dates here.

GrowBiz Drop-In Enterprise Support Surgery Session, Online, Thursday 8 February, 13:00 – 14:00

Do you have a question about your business or enterprise that you’d like to ask a real person for an instant response? Perhaps there's a task you've been putting off because you're not quite sure how to do it or you're anxious about getting it wrong. Or maybe you have a business idea that you need help to think through, or you’re concerned about rising costs. Choose a 25 minute slot for a 1 to 1 session with a knowledgeable and experienced advisors here.

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