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Rural Enterprise News: 3 April

April is here, a month known for its changeability and unpredictability. Whether you’re experiencing sunshine or showers when it comes to your business, or a bit of both, we hope you find the events, opportunities and stories in this blog post motivating and helpful.

Later Creator Programme: GrowBiz is partnering with the Olderpreneur Alliance to support and encourage individuals aged 50+ develop their business idea. The programme includes a mix of peer learning sessions, use of a unique app-based entrepreneurial tool, and access to a secure online space with resources, peer support and Enterprise Guide facilitation. Find out more here.

Fife SME Development Grant: This grant provides financial support of up to £2,850, or 100% of eligible costs (whichever is lower), to help Fife-based small and medium-sized enterprises develop and grow. The six eligible costs are in trade development, workforce upskilling, transition to net zero, research and development and innovation support, agriculture business diversification, support for studies. Find out more here.

Supplier Development Programme: With this programme, small to medium enterprises or third sector organisations who are interested in working with the public sector can get free help to win work through expert training, support and information. Find out more here.

Women's Enterprise Scotland Survey: The Women's Enterprise Scotland survey of women-owned and women-led businesses in Scotland is closing soon. Views are crucial to the development of support to close the gender gap in enterprise participation and help the next generation of women entrepreneurs. Take part here.

Fife Start-Up Grant: Individuals planning to start a business in Fife can get up to £500 retrospectively towards the initial costs, such as equipment, stock and certification. You must be working with Business Gateway Fife to be considered, since the grant is offered at the discretion of a Business Gateway adviser. Find out more here.

Huntly Development Trust Cafe Partnership: Huntly Development Trust are looking for a community/sustainability minded partner to run their cafe at No 30 the Square, currently under development and due for completion mid-2023. They’ll consider all submissions and would be open to collaborative tenders of more than one applicant. Find out more here.

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