Workforce Migration, Talent Attraction and the Future for Highlands and Islands

In partnership with Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, this EDAS event, will highlight issues around workforce availability and talent attraction in relation to the future of the Highlands and Islands.  This is an issue that is topping economic and political agendas. It is intensified by concerns raised by Highlands and Islands based business leaders who are challenged in attracting and retaining both senior level staff and lower level skilled personnel.

In this report, the Rural Youth Project tell us about an inspiring learning journey to the Netherlands.

The Rural Youth Project and Scottish Enterprise Urban/Rural Learning Journey was a collaboration to engage participants to “think different” regarding rural enterprise, sustainability and agriculture.

A new local food strategy for the Stirling area will be launched at a free event on 6 June.

The 'Alive with Local Food' strategy will be unveiled by Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER and Stirling Council at Stirling High School on Thursday 6 June 2019 at 4.30pm.

The strategy aims to support a vibrant local food economy, invest in people, build a resilient future for the sector and showcase the best of the local larder.

Scottish Land and Estates are now seeking nominations for the 2019 round of the Helping it Happen Awards.

Now into their third year, the awards are looking to build on past success and acknowledge the enormous contribution that rural businesses make to the Scottish economy.

An interactive map has been created to encourage community groups to think about how they can tap into the potential of the North Coast 500 tourist route.

The Scottish Land Commission funded an internship, to help support the North Highland Initiative's (NHI) next action to encourage community projects that will build on the increased numbers of visitors and interest in the North Coast 500 area.

Wool – Marketing/Festival and non-traditional uses

We are seeking potential cooperation partners to develop a wool festival and explore product diversification into non-traditional uses such as insulation

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The South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SoSEP) is holding a series of 28 stakeholder events over the coming months.

​SoSEP was set up by the Scottish Government on 1 December 2017 as a recommendation from the Enterprise and Skills Review. It brings together a range of partners to support economic growth in the south of Scotland and is preparing the ground for the establishment of a south of Scotland enterprise agency in April 2020.

Business Opportunities in Canada

This event organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise will look at business oppportunities in Canada.

The UK exported £8.2 billion of goods and services to Canada in 2016, making it the UK’s eighth biggest export market outside the European Union. The UK is Canada’s seventh largest source of goods imports and second largest services trading partner.

Canada has a stable political environment and a strong record of economic growth. It offers opportunities for UK companies across all sectors.

Moffat Farmer's Market will celebrate its 10th birthday on Sunday 12 May 2019.

The monthly market takes place in Moffat's iconic high street and has provided trading opportunities for over 150 businesses and attracted more than 100,000 shoppers since it began.

This week, we met with colleagues from the LEADER Delivery Team (LDT), Tyne Esk LEADER and the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) team to support the EU Desk Officer, Egle Puosiunaite, from the European Commission on her visit to Scotland. Ms.