Celebrating 15 Years of Rural Enterprise Support

GrowBiz Birthday
Katharine Johnston

This June, GrowBiz is celebrating its 15th birthday, after starting in 2007 to provide community-based support to small businesses and the self-employed.

GrowBiz provides support in many different ways. As well as their 1-1 business advice, learning sessions and networking events, they run an award-winning mentoring programme, which offers the opportunity for personal development with a trained mentor.

SEED (Self Employment + Entrepreneurial Development) is GrowBiz’s young enterprise programme, a relatively new initiative aimed specifically at young people in Perth and Kinross who would like to start or expand their own business.

Another of GrowBiz’s initiatives is Smart Village Scotland, designed to connect people in rural areas. This includes the Perthshire Artisans platform—a community of local creatives that supports the artisan way of life.

As a long-term response to the difficulties created by the pandemic, GrowBiz also set up REDS, a comprehensive online directory and gift card scheme for small businesses in rural Scotland. Listings are free: www.reds.scot

GrowBiz officially celebrated its 15th birthday on the 16th of June. See their ‘Events’ page for more details.