The Future of Rural Social Enterprises in Europe

Join in a round table discusson on the future of rural Social Enterprises in Europe.

The event will include a short introduction to the ViSEnet project and features guest speakers from across academia and policy-making in Ireland, Scotland, and Estonia. Discussions will cover themes including:   

The Scottish Government has launched a new Arctic Connections fund to encourage cooperation and mutual learning between Scottish organisations and their Arctic partners.

Renovating the community shop and post office, Estonia

This seminar will focus on the creation of a cooperative to renovate and run the community shop and post office in Leesi Village, Estonia.

Plans for a Scottish replacement for European Structural Funds after EU exit have been published.

The new Scottish Shared Prosperity Fund (SSPF) will ensure Scotland’s distinctive needs and priorities are met, with a key focus on addressing and reducing economic and social disparity.

The Scottish Government have released an evaluation report into the Scottish Rural Network (SRN), part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) which delivers Pillar 2 of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and is funded by the European Commission and the Scottish Government.

Integrating woodland on new entrant farms and crofts

This interactive lunchtime webinar will be hosted by Lynbreck Croft, who will share their experiences of woodland expansion and tree planting, navigating grant systems and providing practical advice.  You will also hear from Lyn White, Scottish Forestry who will outline the grants options available to support woodland expansion on new entrant farms and crofts.  Finally, the webinar will feature a virtual tour of the Glensaugh Farm Agrofores

The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) have published a new thematic briefing on Smart Villages and rural mobility.

The briefing includes information on how Smart Villages can support the development of sustainable initiatives and the testing of new solutions in the area of mobility and travel.

Delegates from Scotland recently attended the Europe Rural Parliament 2019 held in Candás, Asturias, Spain.

An upcoming business seminar will explore the concept of farm business incubators as a route into farming for new entrants in Scotland.

The NEWBIE business seminar at AgriScot on 20 November will be a chance to hear about an international exchange to north France and how farm business incubators to help new entrants there.

A recent event focused on the contributions of younger islanders in renewing island life and contributing to sustainable island communities.

Fifty people from Scottish and Irish islands gathered in Grimsay, North Uist from 30 September to 4 October as part of the "Smart Islands in Scotland and Ireland: Supporting Enterprises and Young People" project, funded by LEADER in the Outer Hebrides and Ireland. The week week was hosted by local organisation CoDel (Community Development Lens) and the Scottish Islands Federation.