GrowBiz – Enterprising Rural Perthshire

The GrowBiz approach to enterprise support is based on building long-term relationships with businesses and encouraging them to connect, collaborate, share and network with other enterprises in their local community and further afield.

Project summary: 

Typically, start-up enterprises require more support in rural areas due to the unique challenges they face. This project aims to provide a comprehensive support service for new and existing enterprises in rural Perthshire in Scotland, leading to increased employment, improved skills and a stronger local economy.

GrowBizand the Enterprising Rural Perthshire project, provide community-based enterprise support in rural Perth & Kinross, through a combination of one-to-one support, peer learning & support sessions, a mentoring programme and networking events. It has worked with more than 500 individuals who were starting or growing businesses and social enterprises in a rural area in the period from October 2016 to November 2018. The project promoter is the SME Growbiz.

Project results: 

Over 400 rural businesses and 500 individuals have taken advantage of the support provided by Growbiz.

2500 attendees across 200+ learning and networking events.

45 trained mentors with a particular interest in small businesses.

3 new women’s enterprise networks were set up and now meet every month.

Created more than 100 new businesses and over 200 jobs in the Eastern and Highland areas of Perthshire