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Rural Enterprise News: 9 July

July is here, and summer can be a busy time that pulls us in different directions, with full work schedules, family commitments and holiday plans. But we hope you can take just a minute to browse through our useful updates for rural enterprises and communities:

Marketing Mastery: Spotlighting Features and Benefits for Your Product or Service Business, Online, Wednesday 31 July, 11:00 – 12:30

During this learning session we’ll look at ways to identify the benefits of your product, service or creative business so you can use the messaging that your customers ultimately want to hear in your marketing and promotional material. This session will be led by GrowBiz Deputy CEO Clair Smith and Learning and Development Manager Alison Finlay, who will guide you through some key principles to help you with your marketing strategy. You’ll walk away from this session feeling much clearer about what the features and benefits are of your business, who your customers might be, how to reach them and what channels to you use to talk to them.

Perth & Kinross Council Mobility Strategy

Perth & Kinross Council are seeking feedback on the Consultation Draft Mobility Strategy and Action Plan to help finalise the work prior to adoption. The Mobility Strategy to set a vision for managing and improving the transport network over the next 15 years and considers all modes of transport for the movement of people and goods across Perth and Kinross’ rural and urban settings to help achieve national targets and local objectives. Closing on 28 July 2024. Find out more and take part here.

Funding Socials: Dechomai & Social Investment Scotland

This is a free in-person event at Refuweegee, Glasgow, on 30 July, designed for ethnic minority entrepreneurs looking to find out more about accessing finance. Bayile Adeoti of Dechomai will facilitate the session and you will have the chance to hear directly from both funders and peers. Find out more and book here.

SURF Awards

Initiatives that address physical, social and economic challenges in communities across Scotland can enter for these awards by 2 September at 17:00. There are 5 award categories For more information, contact (Emma Scott), or take a look here.

Shetland Islands Council Loan Funding

Small to medium sized new and growing businesses and organisations in the Shetlands can apply for commercial loans. Proposals must demonstrate benefits to the local economy. Find out more here.

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