Business Gateway Tayside is hitting the road later this month to host a seven-stop roadshow, offering free advice and support to rural businesses across Perthshire. Running from 21 October to 1 November, the Rural Roadshow will visit Pitlochry and Crieff for two days each, on top of a day in Gleneagles, Scone and Kinross.
In partnership with Perthshire Chambers of Commerce and Perth & Kinross Council, Business Gateway’s inaugural Rural Roadshow will provide local businesses with the opportunity to tap into master classes, surgery sessions and networking events all designed to help drive their business forward.
Andrew Dobbie, founder of creative agency MadeBrave, will jump-start the roadshow on Thursday 26 September at Cardney Estate as he shares a rare insight into the world of creative branding.
Following this, location and sector specific events will help rural businesses test-drive Business Gateway’s services, from digital support to HR advice, exporting and bookkeeping. Businesses attending will also have the opportunity to speak with experts about the distinct challenges they face as rural businesses.
Nicki Mearns, Operations Manager at Business Gateway Tayside, commented: “Without the support of the surrounding community, it is incredibly difficult for rural businesses to thrive. Our Rural Roadshow is specifically designed to aid local businesses by providing them with the skills and knowledge that will allow them to flourish.
“In particular, our launch event on Thursday 26 September will focus on the importance of building a community for rural businesses in order to increase their support network and avoid working in isolation.
“We want Perthshire businesses to know about the Business Gateway support that is available to them at every stage of their business journey. I hope that the Rural Roadshow will demonstrate the benefits of our service and encourage rural businesses to embrace the support on offer.”
The site of the Rural Roadshow launch event, Cardney Estate, sought advice from Business Gateway after launching earlier this year. After inheriting the estate, Katriona and Lewis Cameron set about developing a multi-faceted business based on four primary elements: shooting, farming, holiday lettings and a newly completed wedding venue.
Samir Rhazali, Business Gateway adviser commented: “Katriona and Lewis have a clear and ambitious vision for Cardney Estate, so Business Gateway has provided support to help them achieve their goals. As well as one-to-one advice and innovation support, we have provided input on HR policies, an appraisal system from new employees and signposting to our wider support network.”
Lewis Cameron, co-owner of Cardney Estate, said: “Since our recent launch, we have already added an additional outdoor space and a three-bedroom bungalow to the estate. On top of this, we have appointed a full-time wedding coordinator and have ordered a log cabin for bridal parties.
“Demand for accommodation in Perthshire is high so, combined with Business Gateway’s expert support, we have been able to take advantage of market conditions and expand our offering.”
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