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Rural Enterprise News: 5 March

March into spring with these helpful events and updates for rural enterprises and communities:

Measure Your Carbon Footprint

Discover how reducing your impact on the environment will benefit your business, learn how to measure your carbon footprint and what you can do to reduce the emissions it represents at this GrowBiz event at 11am on 20 March. A hands-on workshop will give you the tools and ability to manage your footprint and benefit from opportunities the journey towards Net Zero can present. This event is funded by SSE for rural businesses in Perth and Kinross. Book here.

Firstport Build It Award

Individuals with a tried and tested social enterprise idea who want to turn it into their full time job can apply for funding of up to 25,000. The next deadline to apply is noon on 4 April. Find out more here.

Graduate Placement Programme Argyll and Bute

Small to medium sized enterprises and social enterprises in Argyll and Bute have the opportunity to take on a graduate and get up to 50% of their salary covered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The funding is for a 12 month project with a salary of between £21,000 and £28,000. Find out more here.

Procurement Made Simple: Community Wealth Building

Peer Works are running this free online event on Tuesday 12 March 13.30 – 14.30. It will discuss how procurement can be used in Community Wealth Building to create sustainable local economies that attract long-term investments. Find out more and book here, and see all upcoming Peer Works events here. Sessions will offer the opportunity to ask questions, discuss challenges and solutions, and network with peers.

Skills Development Scotland Employer Support Webinars

SDS webinars being held in March include: Succession Planning, 6 March, 12.30pm; Joyful Workspaces: Mastering Skills for Cultivating Workplace Happiness, 12 March, 11am; Skills for a Changing Landscape, 20 March, 12.30pm; Workforce Development, 27 March, 11am. See all available webinars and book here.

Good Food Nation Consultation

The Scottish Government has begun consulting on the nation’s first ever national Good Food Nation Plan. As part of this official consultation, Nourish Scotland is working with the government to deliver workshops across the country to engage wider interest in the Plan and gather more feedback on its contents. Find out more, get a list of in-person and online workshops, and share your views here.

Can Your Business Help Drive Tayside's Net Zero, Nature Positive Economy?

This free event by Bioregioning Tayside, which GrowBiz is also participating in, will explain how your business can play a part in enabling the Net Zero, Nature Positive Economy needed to make sure your business thrives. Taking place on 19 March from 9.30am – 12.00pm at Little’s Restaurant, Blairgowrie and Rattray, PH10 7GA. Download the flyer or book here.

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