Rural services

The first businesses on Fair Isle have been connected to full fibre, almost two years ahead of schedule.

The subsea cable stretches 68 miles from the Shetland to Orkney Islands, with Fair Isle reached by a spur line. A post office and shop are among businesses which are already connected and all premises on the island can now order the service.

Young carers are being urged to get the financial support they are entitled to.  Social Security Scotland is encouraging eligible people to apply for the £359.65 Young Carer Grant.

Check out the latest rural job opportunities in Scotland.


Drop-in Enterprise Support Surgery

Do you have a question about your business or enterprise that you’d like to ask a real person for an instant response? However small, brief, or specific, the GrowBiz team will be happy to help!

Join Growbiz at their online drop-in enterprise support surgery for speedy solutions —  choose a 25 minute slot for a 1 to 1 session with one of their knowledgeable and experienced advisers.

Drop in surgeries each Thursday between 1 and 2pm.

The Richard Huxtable Award has this year been awarded jointly to a number of young people who have gone the extra mile to support RSABI over the past year. 

Anyone who has been involved with agriculture for up to five years could now get £500 towards the cost of training from the Scottish Government’s Next Generation fund.

Managed by Lantra Scotland, the fund is open to both men and women, including students and those already in full-time or part-time work, regardless of age.

How community-led health supports your work in tackling health inequalities

This learning event is an opportunity for anyone working to improve health and wellbeing for individuals, communities and at a population level.

Following a 12-month pilot project with three young farmers clubs, RSABI is now set to roll out an award-winning, digital mental health care service to a wider audience in Scottish agriculture.

On behalf of Transport Scotland, Energy Saving Trust are conducting a research project exploring the viability of using independent petrol forecourts as sites for EV charging infrastructure in rural areas.