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Rural Enterprise News: 26 June

As we head towards July and the holidays, we know some of you will be experiencing increased footfall and longer working hours, for others, work takes a back seat while handling childcare and other commitments, and some are juggling both scenarios. Get your latest rural enterprise updates and news in handy bitesize bulletins below:

Outer Hebrides Business Development Scheme (OHBDS)

Full time businesses in the Outer Hebrides could get up to £3000, and part time businesses up to £1,500 (normally up to 50% of eligible costs) with this discretionary capital grant funding. Eligible costs examples include machinery, tools, equipment, fixtures and fittings, building and groundworks. Find out more here.

Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards 2024

Businesses operating in the Highlands and Islands can enter for these awards up until the deadline of 2200 on Wednesday 10th July. There are nine categories to choose from. Find out more here.

Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Retrofit Fund

Scottish micro businesses and sole traders that operate within 20 kilometres of the Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Dundee low emission zones (LEZs) could receive funding to cover up to 70% of the costs of retrofitting their non-compliant vehicles with solutions approved by the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme. Find out more here.

Highland Business Awards

These awards from Inverness Chamber of Commerce celebrate the achievements of businesses,  large and small, throughout the region. This year there are ten diverse categories to choose from. The deadline to enter is 5.00pm on 9 August. Find out more here.


The GrowBiz SEED project for young people in Perth & Kinross has a new round of funding and expanded offering. The programme offers 1 to 1 support, online learning events, networking and mentoring opportunities, wellbeing support and small grant funding. Read more here.

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