GrowBiz event to focus on Rural Youth Project

GrowBiz Enterprise Facilitator Bravo Nyamudoka speaking at the Rural Youth Project Ideas festival 2018
Norette Ferns

This month's GrowBiz Xchange networking meeting will be a chance to find out more about the Rural Youth Project.

Rural enterprise support organisation GrowBiz holds its XChange networking events every month at various locations throughout rural Perthshire. Perthshire residents who are starting or growing their own business are invited to the October meeting on Thursday 31 October from 6 to 8:30pm at the Madoch Centre in St Madoes.

Rebecca Dawes, co-founder and director of the Rural Youth Project, will share the latest news and updates from the LEADER-funded initative and its goals and objectives for the next two years. The project aims to help young people, between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, to develop leadership, business and enterprise skills.

A key component is encouraging young people to get involved as they are instrumental in making rural places attractive and viable for them and their peers to build their lives and their futures.

Attendees at the XChange will also have the opportunity to hear from Rural Youth Project vlogger Alana Black from Australia, one of four other international countries taking part in the research element of the project.

Jackie Brierton, CEO of GrowBiz, said:

"We are delighted to be able to welcome Rebecca and Alana to our XChange meeting this month.

"The Rural Youth Project is an important initiative which focuses on understanding and supporting the needs, desires and challenges of young people brought up in rural areas. 

"This is a great opportunity for rural enterprises in Perthshire to find out how they can get involved in the work of the Rural Youth Project and help shape and inspire the economic landscape for future generations.

"There will also be information on GrowBiz’s wide range of enterprise services for rural businesses."

For further information or to book a place at any of the free events held by GrowBiz, see the website at