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Rural Enterprise News: 29 November

With November almost over, we are all gearing up for December activities. Here's some events, opportunities and news for rural enterprises and communities that may be of interest over the winter months:

Women's Enterprise Network Events

GrowBiz Scotland is holding two in-person Women's Enterprise Network events on Thursday evening next week, with one taking place in Perth & Kinross and the other in the Cairngorms. Designed to support women starting, running or growing a business or even for those who are thinking about it, this is a chance to reflect on and celebrate the last twelve months. There will be delicious festive food, a friendly welcome and informal networking opportunities. See more details and book here.

Tell your Business Story with Confidence

StrategyStory co-founder, Kate Hooper, and broadcaster, writer and event host Nicky Marr are running a workshop designed to give you the tools and techniques to tell your business story with confidence. Dates are: Aviemore on Tue 5th December, and Inverness on Wed 13th December, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Refreshments and lunch included. £250 +VAT. For full details and to book your place email or

WES Crowdfunding Platform for Women-led Businesses

Women’s Enterprise Scotland has launched the first crowdfunding platform for women-led businesses. Eight businesses are participating in the inaugural pilot crowdfunding campaigns, which can be found here. Learning from the pilot will be applied to strengthen the platform ahead of full 2024 roll-out.

Inverness Chamber of Commerce Virtual Trade Mission

Inverness Chamber of Commerce are leading a virtual Trade Mission to Ontario, Canada, on the 26-29 February. The mission will provide an opportunity to showcase what Scotland has to offer, meet new potential clients, learn about doing business in the host market and gain exposure to the social and business cultures in Canada. For more information email

Workforce Innovation Voucher Scheme

This voucher scheme, the value of which is between £1,000 and £7,500, is for small or medium-sized business or social enterprise in Scotland. It can be used to support innovation that will develop a workforce in partnership with a college or university. It covers the project costs and is paid directly to your partner university or college. Interface can provide support with finding a suitable academic partner. Find out more here.

Parental Employer Recruitment Incentive

This incentive offers businesses in Perth and Kinross funding to recruit parents facing barriers to employment, providing employers with 50% of wage costs up to £4,500 claimable. Employers are required to offer a newly created post for at least 26 weeks to qualify, with the ultimate aim of the individual being kept on in a permanent role. Up to £1,000 can also be accessed by means of an UpSkill Training Grant to fund additional costs. To find out more contact

The Highland Council Growing Business Growth Fund

This fund is designed to support the development of existing small and medium-sized businesses in the Highlands that are looking to grow or diversify. Up to 50% of eligible project costs, to a maximum of £10,000, is offered. A business growth plan is required. Find out more here.

Scottish Rural and Islands Transport Community Job Opportunity

SRITC is looking for a dynamic and passionate Social Enterprise Research and Impact Officer (Freelance, 10hrs/week) to join the team. This new addition will play a crucial role in contributing to impactful projects, conducting market research, and identifying funding opportunities. Learn more about the role and how to apply here. Deadline: 8 December, at 5 pm.

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