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Rural Enterprise Update: 12 May

After a wet few days, and with apparently more rain on the way, we at least have plenty to spark interest, inform and inspire in this blog! Read on for rural enterprise updates:

Check in Scotland: A new voluntary digital service to support businesses in collecting contact details for contact tracing purposes is now available. The Check in Scotland service will enable people to quickly and securely provide their contact details by scanning the official Test & Protect Check in Scotland QR code poster via their smartphone camera, or by downloading the Check in Scotland app. Businesses that can use Check in Scotland include: pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes; tourism and leisure businesses; close contact services; services run by local councils; places of worship and funeral services. Find out how to use Check in Scotland for your business here.

Bank of Scotland Academy: Panel - The Way Out of Covid & On-going Support: This panel session is for businesses & entrepreneurs to hear/talk about the opportunities and challenges coming out of Covid. As lockdown lifts, what is the continuing support for you? The inaugural monthly Bank of Scotland Academy expert session will welcome PeoplePlus and GrowBiz, represented by CEO, Jackie Brierton. Book here.

Art of Possible Call for Speakers: A platform for showcasing new thinking, diverse and inclusive business practices, collaborative innovation and innovative leaders from under-represented communities, Art of Possible is looking for dynamic speakers from Scottish and international small businesses and other experts who are leading purposefully and harnessing digital tech to reimagine their future. By taking part in this 2021 series you will have the opportunity to profile and position your work to the Art of Possible community. Find out more here.

CRNS Digital Seminar: This Community Resources Network Scotland webinar ‘Funding and Business Support Services for Circular Economy Projects’ will give third sector organisations an opportunity to find out about possible sources of grant and loan funding and business support. Takes place on Thursday 20 May - 09:45 to 12:45. Register here.

Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Action Plan: The Blairgowrie & Rattray Development Trust are looking for more businesses to get involved in the Review of the Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Action Plan. Share your views on what you think your community needs now, and how you feel it could be improved as a place to live in, work in or visit. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete the 7 question SURVEY HERE.

BBC Debate Night Audience Invitation: Members of the general public in Perth and Kinross are invited to apply to join the live audience via Zoom and have your say in the evening’s programme. Maybe you are a parent, frontline worker, run a business, a student, have been self-isolating or your work has been affected by Coronavirus; whatever your situation, the programme wants you to apply and be part of the discussion. To take part, visit click ‘Join the Audience’ and fill out a 2-minute online application form.

Mentoring in Scotland: Rebuilding Through Relationships: The Scottish Mentoring Network, of which GrowBiz is a member. have created their first Call to Scottish Government, a document detailing asks for the next Scottish Government to provide co-ordinated support for mentoring activity. You can read the full document on their website. Find out more about the GrowBiz mentoring Programme here.

Appointment of Accountant/Independent Examiner for SCYD: Strathmore Centre for Youth Development (SCYD) is seeking to appoint an Independent Examiner to undertake the preparation and examination of the organisation’s Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 31st March 2021 and to provide any support required in the structure and operation of their digital accounting records using the Xero platform. If you are interested please contact:

Care and Wellbeing CIC Seeking Directors: The Care and Wellbeing CIC is seeking to appoint four new Directors to build the capacity and resources of the Board. Successful candidates will work alongside the existing Chair and Directors to play a key role in the continuing success and development of this inventive social enterprise and its innovative approach to care and wellbeing in rural Perth and Kinross. The closing date for applications has now been extended to May 24. Find out more here.

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