Supporting Scotland's Rural Enterprises

The Scottish Government’s Economic Action Plan highlights support for Scotland's Rural Businesses

A case study on GrowBiz has been included in a recent update to the Action Plan, which was initially launched in October 2018. The plan summarises the support available in Scotland to rural businesses and micro-enterprises, of which it states “there are a greater proportion in rural Scotland than anywhere else in the country” and the “levels of self-employment are higher”.

According to the plan, over £119 million of enterprise support is being delivered to nearly 1,500 community based and/or micro enterprise projects operating in the rural economy through GrowBiz, LEADER, Highlands and islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise.

GrowBiz alone has supported more than 800 new and existing micro-businesses and social enterprises in rural Perthshire since October 2016 – through a range of 1-1 support, peer learning, networking and mentoring. You can read more about our wide range of services here on our website.

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