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Rural Enterprise News: 8 February

February is sure to go fast — despite the extra leap year day — so make the most of it with all the helpful news, events and opportunities we're sharing in this blog post:

Perthshire Artisans

Membership applications are open in February! If you are a creative living and/or working in Perth & Kinross, running either a part or full time creative business, and are keen to learn more about becoming a Perthshire Artisan then visit the website here or come along for a chat before submitting an application.

Technology Placement Programme

Enterprises in the Highland Council area can get up to 70% of the salary for a graduate or student placement to bring digital skills and help them implement new technology.  Find out more here.


Young entrepreneurs (35 or younger) in the Highlands and Islands area who have a business or enterprise of less than 5 years old can apply to this 12 month support programme to help them grow their business to its full potential. Find out more here.

Virtual Trade Mission to Canada

Open to all businesses in Scotland turning over less than £7 million, this event led by Inverness Chamber of Commerce runs from 26 - 29 February, with workshops of 1 to 2 hours per day. Explore new export opportunities and get insights into the Canadian market. Find out how to be involved by emailing

VisitScotland’s National Events Conference

Taking place at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on 26 March, the theme for the conference will be "Resetting the Perfect Stage for Events" and will focus on updates to the national events strategy. Find out more about the programme and how to get tickets here.

Startup Essentials: What to Know Before Diving into Your Own Business Adventure

Join GrowBiz for an informal and interactive session at lunchtime on 12 February, where you'll get insights into what self-employment could look like for you, the things you need to consider and how you can go about getting started right now! You’ll leave this session feeling confident, inspired, and equipped with clear direction for your next steps. Book a free ticket here.

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