Rural Perthshire-based GrowBiz is hosting a number of sessions next week to help support businesses, social and micro enterprises. A panel of experts will be talking about the funding and support that is available for businesses or enterprises that have a social aspect on Wednesday, November 27, at the Loch Leven Community Campus in Kinross from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Speakers at the event include Fraser Millar from Just Enterprise, Norman Chipakupaku from CEMVO Scotland, Ray Banks from Firstport and Susan Smith from GrowBiz.

Just Enterprise provides free one-to-one specialist support, online learning and workshops for startups, established social enterprises and those wishing to develop their leadership skills.

CEMVO Scotland works to build the capacity and sustainability of ethnic minority social enterprises throughout Scotland, and Firstport is Scotland’s development agency for start-up social entrepreneurs.

Merle Palmer is the operations manager at GrowBiz.

She said: “Developing a social enterprise model can be both satisfying and challenging as you learn to balance the day-to-day skills of product or service development, marketing, sales, and finance with the social outcome or impact.

“There is a range of funding, free support and training options available to social enterprises and during this session you'll hear more about that from our panel of experts as well as have the opportunity to meet other local social entrepreneurs.”

On Thursday, November 28, climate change and the circular economy will be the focus of GrowBiz’s monthly XChange networking event which takes place at the Red House Hotel in Coupar Angus from 6pm to 8.30pm.

Attendees will hear from Jane Wilkinson, education and training officer with development trust Forward Coupar Angus, who will help demystify what climate terminology means and how it relates to individuals and businesses.

Brenda Roddy, co-owner of Jessie Mac’s hostel and B&B in Dunkeld which is a gold accredited member of the Green Tourism Scheme, will provide practical advice on how to have a climate-ready business.

And Vaso Makri from Circular Tayside will talk about their work with Zero Waste Scotland identifying circular economy - where businesses and consumers work together to make things last and get as much value as possible from products and resources which are kept flowing around the economy rather than being disposed of - opportunities and how this can help give your business a competitive advantage.

GrowBiz is also hosting a learning session in Birnam on how to network effectively on Tuesday, November 26, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the co-working space at Lagmhor in Birnam and Dunkeld.

Booking for all these events, which are free to attend, is advised as refreshments are provided. For further information or to book, please see the website at

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