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Rural Enterprise News: 29 November

As we had into the final month of the year, here's some important news, funding opportunities and other updates for rural businesses, enterprises and communities:


Short Term Let Licensing – Important Survey: The Short Term Let Licensing process is proving to be problematic and stressful for many rural accommodation providers. The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has been very active in lobbying on behalf of providers and they have been asked to provide evidence of the costs associated with licensing by the Scottish Government. To this end they have circulated a survey, which needs to be completed by close of play on Wednesday 30 November. Take it here.


Art in Warm Spaces: Fife Contemporary are partnering with OnFife to provide free drop-in art sessions in selected ‘warm spaces’ and are looking for local artists to to deliver them. They are offering a fee to run 4 x 2hr sessions at £30 per hour, plus a Travel and Materials Allowance up to a maximum of £60. The sessions should be creative, supportive and accessible for all ages and abilities. Find out more and apply by 8th of December here.


Wellness Recovery Action Plan: Is your mental wellbeing suffering due to the cost of living crisis or other challenges? Would you like to develop your self-awareness and gain skills and tools to support both your own and others’ wellness and mental health? The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) can help individuals to monitor uncomfortable and distressing feelings and behaviours. Join GrowBiz and the Care and Wellbeing Collective at this 2-day training at Dunkeld and Birnam Co-working Space from Thu, 8 December, 9:00 to Fri, 9 December, 17:00 to learn about WRAP. (This training is for individuals living in Perth & Kinross and has been funded by the Scottish Government through the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund.) Book here.


Green Recovery Capital Development Grant: This has been designed to help businesses, social enterprises and co-operatives in Perth and Kinross invest in green technology. Grants of up to £25,000 will be available (with a project minimum of £10,000 total), covering up to 50% of eligible capital expenditure. Find out more here.


UHI Business Competition: This competition for £8000 in prizes is now open for entries to any student enrolled at a university of the Highlands and Islands’ college or research centre, and residents aged 16 or over in the Highlands and Islands, Moray, Perthshire and Argyll. To enter, you’ll need to explain your winning business idea. Find out more here.


Perthshire Open Studios Social Media Volunteer: POS is looking for someone to manage the Perthshire Open Studios Facebook and Instagram feeds. The role includes monitoring the feeds and checking, editing and posting the content provided. It does not involve creating the content yourself. If you’re interested in helping out, and would like to be a part of the POS team, please email info@perthshireopenstudios.com



Perth & Kinross Climate Change Survey: Businesses in Perth and Kinross are being encouraged to complete a climate change survey to determine awareness and progress being made towards the journey to Net Zero. It should take no more than 5 minutes and it offers additional resources for your business. Take it here.


VACMA Fife and Perth & Kinross: The Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards have reopened for Fife and Perth and Kinross. Offering small grants to visual artists and craft makers for their creative development, there are two levels of bursaries: £750 for established artists and £500 for this in the early career stages. The deadline is Tuesday 7 February 2023. Find out more and apply here.


Productivity Clubs: December Clubs will focus on skills and recruitment, investigating how organisations across the country have come up with new ideas and strategies to meet the needs of their business. The events are as follows:

South of Scotland Club – Tuesday 6th - 15.45 – 17.00 Zoom

Edinburgh Club – Thursday 8th 08.30-10.30 Edinburgh

North East Club – Tuesday 13th 08.30 – 10.30 Aberdeen

Tayside Club – Wednesday 14th 08.30-10.30 Dundee

Highlands & Islands Club – Thursday 15th 15.45 – 17.00 Zoom

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