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Rural Enterprise News: 6 November

The clocks have changed and the weather is looking rather brighter, at least for now. Longer, darker evenings can be a good opportunity to practise a new skill, work on a project you didn’t have time for over the summer, go for a new opportunity, volunteer some time to help others, or get started on your business idea. The entries below may help spark some ideas:

Zero Waste Scotland Webinar

On 22 November 2pm - 3:30pm, Zero Waste Scotland are hosting a webinar which will help organisations identify how they can reduce their single-use items. At this free 90 minute session you will hear first-hand accounts from organisations who have taken part in the Ditching Disposables trial, as well as Zero Waste Scotland’s policy team. Sign up for the webinar here.

RSABI Flooding Crisis Fund

Scottish farmers and crofters who’ve been severely impacted by October rainfall or flooding can apply for a grant of up to £1000 from RSABI. Find out more here.

GrowBiz Cashflow Management Learning Session

What is a cashflow and do you need one to run your business? Join the free online GrowBiz Cashflow Management learning session on Wed, 8 November, 9:30 - 11:00 to figure out the ins and outs of working with a cashflow. Book here.

Skills Development Scotland Webinars

The annual Sector Skills Assessments have been published by Skills Development Scotland. A series of free webinars to complement the reports will be delivered from mid November to the end of January. Sign up here.

Birnam Arts Chair of Board Opportunity

Birnam Arts is looking for a new Chair of their Board of Trustees — someone who’ll share their skills, passion, energy and experience in leading the oversight of Birnam Arts’ governance, strategy, and financial planning. If you would like to find out more, contact current Board member Sarah Yearsley. The call for initial expressions of interest is open until Monday 13th November at 10am. See full details here.

Cairngorms Pride 2025 Consultation

Business and organisations in and around the Cairngorms National Park are invited to contribute their thoughts and ideas for a new Pride Festival in the area. Organiser Kath Pierce of Somewhere For Us, a CIC championing the LGBTQ+ community, will also be carrying out physical consultations in Grantown. Find out more here.

Regional Food Fund

Food and drink projects are encouraged to apply for funding from the Scottish Government’s Regional Food Fund. The latest round of funding of up to £100,000 is available for businesses and groups who wish to promote regional food products and establish new markets. The deadline for applications is 5pm, 24 November 2023. Find out more here.

Tay Cities Region Deal Funding for Travel and Tourism Businesses

Traveltech for Scotland is launching a pioneering technology initiative to support travel and tourism businesses across Angus, Dundee, North East Fife, and Perth and Kinross, financed through the Tay Cities Region Deal Digital Skills Project. The six-month pilot will see Traveltech for Scotland partnering with local technology experts to help up to 20 businesses identify and implement the most suitable technology solutions and receive technology support valued at up to £2,000. Businesses and tourism organisations can apply here.

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