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Rural Enterprise News: 7 October

With a lot of anxiety and uncertainty still facing business owners and the self employed this autumn, we are all thinking about what we need to do to get ready for a tough winter. You'll find news, events and opportunities that may be of help in this blog post:

Energy Bill Relief Scheme: This scheme is an automatic discount on energy bills for eligible non-domestic customers between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023. The discount applied will be in pence per kilowatt hour (p/kWh). Find out more here.

National Insurance: April’s 1.25 percentage point increase in National Insurance will be reversed from 6th November. Click here for more details.

Get Real About Reducing Fuel Bills: This free GrowBiz event will discuss how your business may be being affected by increasing costs and and what practical and green measures you can implement to save money. Takes place online on Wednesday, 19 October, 14:00 - 15:30. Book here.

HSCP Employment Support: The Perth & Kinross Council Employment Support Team is now able to offer support to help individuals with physical disabilities or sensory loss to move through the 5 stages of the employability pipeline to access paid employment. If you know someone who would benefit from this service you can complete the EST referral form, or see the referral information.

Productivity Club Tayside: The next Tayside Club will take place on Wednesday 26 October at Flour Mill in Dundee at 08.30. The topic is new ways of working, including increased flexibility, less hours, digital leadership and inclusivity. The event is interactive, with group discussion, a Q&A and networking. Book here.

FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards: The 2023 FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards are now open in Scotland until the 19th of January. There’s 12 categories to choose from and you can enter more than one. Find out more here.

Borders College Free Digital Skills Training for Sole Traders: In collaboration with South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE), South of Scotland Digital Skills Hub, Borders College and Dumfries & Galloway College, Borders Collage are offering free digital skills training for sole traders based in the Scottish Borders. Find out more here.

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