Supporting Rural Scotland
GrowBiz has increased its support for rural enterprises in Scotland during the Covid-19 crisis, by offering more phone and online advice sessions, and a range of online learning and networking opportunities. These are open to any small or micro-business or social enterprise across rural Scotland.
Our aim is to help anyone who is self-employed or running a rural business to get through the next few months. We can help you think through alternative strategies and different ways to reach your markets and we've also launched our innovative Rural Enterprise Directory Scotland (REDS) initiative as part of that support:
If you need someone to talk to, get in touch and we’ll arrange for one of our friendly team to call you.
The REDS Card is a gift card for rural Scotland, designed to boost spending in Scotland's rural economy.
The REDS Card is the first rural gift card of its kind and provides card holders with the opportunity to shop with small rural businesses from all over Scotland either in store or online through this simple to use gift card. Find out more about the card or purchase one here.
REDS is an initiative launched by GrowBiz to promote and encourage collaboration across Scotland’s rural business community. Find out more about the REDS programme here.
What help is available to the self-employed?
The response to coronavirus is changing on a daily basis and it can be overwhelming trying to keep up with all the announcements.
We are keeping a close eye on the latest developments and looking out specifically for measures that will impact self-employed people directly.
Keep up with the regular updates by clicking on the button below to see a summary of what is available for self employed people.
Click the button below to find links to useful resources summarised on one page and FAQs that may answer the issues your business is facing during this time of crisis.
Starting Up? Trading? Growing?
GrowBiz is based in rural Scotland and provides a community-based enterprise support service for anyone who is considering becoming self-employed, or growing an existing small business or social enterprise. This is regardless of age or experience – we work with a wide range of people all backgrounds and sectors.
Services are free and confidential, and include 1-1 meetings, peer support, learning sessions, mentoring, training and networking opportunities.
We’ve worked with more than 1,000 rural businesses in the last three years, helping them to connect and collaborate. You can read some of our case studies on the Stories page.
Our vision is to create and support a vibrant and sustainable rural economy in Scotland.
Setting up your own business can be a daunting prospect: there is so much to find out about, so much to do and what about the days you wonder why you thought this would be a good idea? That's where GrowBiz can help!
* The Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER provides funding and support for community and enterprise projects in rural Perth & Kinross. More information here.