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Rural Enterprise News: 27 June

With the second half of the year almost upon us, it’s a good time to evaluate what’s gone well for you and your rural enterprise so far, what could be better, and what your objectives are for the rest of 2023 and beyond. We hope the events and news in this blog article contain some helpful opportunities for achieving your goals:

Perthshire Short-Term Let Control Area Consultation

Have your say on whether controls on short-term holiday lets should be introduced in Highland and Eastern Perthshire. This would be in addition to the Short-Term Let Licensing that is being introduced across Scotland. Take part in the consultation by 18 August here.

Self Assessment Tax Payments

For self-employed individuals with payment on account tax to pay by the 31 July deadline, find out the different ways you can pay here, or how to set up a Time to Pay arrangement here.

Access to Work

Self-employed individuals with a disability, learning difference, or a development or health condition may be eligible for a grant under the Access to Work scheme. This can help pay for practical support at work or managing mental health at work. Find out more here.

SDP Meet the Contractor Event

SDP, working with Hub East Central Scotland, is holding a free 'Meet the Contractor' event on 28 June at Perth Concert Hall. This is an opportunity for those in construction and relevant trades to meet with a range of contractors looking for local businesses to work in their supply chain. Book here.

Highland Business Awards

These awards are now open for nominations, with eleven diverse categories to choose from. Find out more here. The award event is part of Highland Business Week, which will run from Monday 25 September to Friday 29 September this year.

Cairngorms Trust Nature Resilience Fund

This Fund has been established by the Cairngorms Trust to support the building of nature resilience to climate change and tackling biodiversity decline within the Cairngorms National Park. The Fund wishes to support Cairngorms communities and the businesses based in those communities in taking locally led action. Full guidance notes are available here. Closes on the 31st July 2023.

Community Led Vision Fund 2023-24

Applications are now being invited from charities, community groups, micro to small-size enterprises, cooperatives, and public sector organisations throughout Cairngorms National Park. A range of activities with positive community, social or environmental impacts can be funded. Find out more here.

Five Mile Feast Event

Perth and Kinross Council, NHS Tayside and Giraffe are working in partnership with the Strathmore Hub in Coupar Angus to organise an event called the Five Mile Feast on 12 August 2023. The aim is to showcase local produce and producers – within a five-mile radius of the town – to promote and teach healthy food choice and provide a free, good day out. Stalls available for local groups and producers to promote goods and food themed activities. If you would like to get involved, please contact the PKC Good Food Team –

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