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Rural Enterprise News: 8 February

We are into the second month of 2023 already, and you may be feeling that the first quarter is already flying past, or that you haven't been as productive as you expected so far. In this blog we've brought together February and March events and opportunities for rural small businesses and communities to save you some time:

Caring Futures - Community Learning Session, Tue, 21 February, 13:30 - 15:00, Rattray Hall, Blairgowrie: A friendly information session to find out more about becoming a self-employed carer in Perth & Kinross, it will share information about:

  • How to set up as self-employed

  • Insurance, PVG checks, training opportunities etc

  • What you can charge as self-employed

  • How to find clients

  • What support is available to help you

  • The range of services you can provide

  • and more!

Snacks and drinks will be available. Everybody welcome. Click here for more information and to book, or email

ITAKOM Conference: This Conference on neurodiversity is being held at the EICC in Edinburgh on 13-14 March, with themes of healthcare, education, community and workplace. A Bursary Scheme is aimed at helping those who wish to attend but do not have funding, and group discounts are also available. Find out more here. Scottish EDGE: Scotland’s biggest entrepreneurial funding competition is back for its 21st round. If you’re an innovative startup with heaps of potential, get your application in before the 14th Feb deadline and win up to £100,000 in funding and support for your business. Find out more here.

ACOSVO Leadership Exchange Programme: This programme pairs leaders across Scotland for mutual mentoring, sharing best practices, gaining fresh perspectives, working collaboratively and building new relationships. More details about the programme can be found here. The Application deadline is 10th March. You can join a free online information session on Thursday 9th Feb, 12.30-1.30pm—register here. Scotties by The Sea Artist Opportunity: Artists are being invited to submit designs that will transform a blank Scottie sculpture with individual artwork. The 30 finished sculptures will form an art trail in St Andrews and Northeast Fife for ten weeks, starting in September. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Find out more here. SCDI Productivity Clubs: February Clubs will focus on innovation in business, meaning the practical implementation of an idea that can result in a new process, strategy or product/service. List of events: South of Scotland Club – Tuesday 7th - 15.45 – 17.00 Zoom Glasgow Club – Tuesday 7th 08.30-10.30 Paisley Tayside Club – Wednesday 22nd 08.30-10.30 Dundee Highlands & Islands Club – Thursday 23rd 15.45 – 17.00 Zoom North East Club – Tuesday 28th 08.30 – 10.30 Aberdeen

FSB Big Small Business Survey: This survey aims to give small business owners in Scotland a voice, capturing current trading conditions and challenges being faced. It should take around 15 minutes to complete. If you’re a small business owner or self-employed you can take part before 5pm on 10 March here.

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