Start 2018 with a boost for busi­ness

GrowBiz there to help lo­cal ru­ral en­ter­prise

Strathearn Herald - - COMRIE FLAMBEAUX - Lynn Duke

Lo­cal small busi­ness own­ers look­ing to give their busi­ness a boost in 2018 might want to look into find­ing out more about GrowBiz.

Part- fi­nanced by Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and the Euro­pean Com­mu­nity Ru­ral Tay­side LEADER 2014-2020 pro­gramme, GrowBiz pro­vides a com­mu­nity- based en­ter­prise sup­port ser­vice in ru­ral Perthshire, and gives prac­ti­cal help to those con­sid­er­ing be­com­ing self­em­ployed or grow­ing their small busi­ness or so­cial en­ter­prise.

It does this by pro­vid­ing a range of ser­vices, such as oneto- one meet­ings, peer sup­port, net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, men­tor­ing and train­ing ses­sions.

All GrowBiz events are free to at­tend and ev­ery­one is wel­come, re­gard­less of where their busi­ness is based or whether they are cur­rently run­ning a busi­ness or just think­ing about set­ting one up.

Jackie Bri­er­ton, CEO of GrowBiz, told the Her­ald: “We worked with more than 300 busi­nesses across ru­ral Perthshire in 2017 from all sec­tors, and held 83 events with around 1070 at­ten­dances – so it was a busy year. We’ve got a pro­gramme of learn­ing ses­sions - on­line as well as face-to-face - for the new year high­lighted in our web­site, kick­ing off with an on­line ‘Plan­ning the Year Ahead’ ses­sion on Jan­uary 8.

“We also have an ex­cit­ing new project kick­ing off in Strat­hearn in the next cou­ple of months which will fo­cus on sup­port­ing busi­nesses in the care and well­be­ing sec­tors and rais­ing aware­ness of the op­por­tu­ni­ties through self-di­rected sup­port.”

The on­line learn­ing ses­sion on Mon­day will help you to find out the ques­tions you should be ask­ing your­self when plan­ning ahead, and to dis­cover some of the ways of writ­ing your busi­ness plan and mak­ing sure you im­ple­ment it.

Af­ter reg­is­ter­ing for the ses­sion, you’ll be sent a link to click on be­fore the we­bi­nar starts.

All you need is a com­puter, tablet or phone with an in­ter­net con­nec­tion and sound. No one else will be able to see or hear you, so you don’t need to worry about back­ground noise. You will be able to ask ques­tions at any time us­ing a chat box, which will be ex­plained on the we­bi­nar.

If you can’t at­tend at the stated time, you can still regis­ter and will be sent a record­ing af­ter­wards. To book, go to: www.eventbrite. co. uk/ e/ on­line- peer- sup­port­ses­sion- plan­ning- your- year­a­head-tick­ets-40034650718

You can also con­tact Bravo Nya­mu­doka for more in­for­ma­tion on the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Bravo is the en­ter­prise co- or­di­na­tor in Strat­hearn. He can be emailed at strat­

En­ter­prise co-or­di­na­tors pro­vide friendly guid­ance and sup­port to help small ru­ral busi­nesses iden­tify what they need to do to get started or to achieve busi­ness goals. This might be by talk­ing through your busi­ness idea, get­ting you started with busi­ness plan­ning or iden­ti­fy­ing ar­eas for train­ing and devel­op­ment.

To find out more about GrowBiz, go to

Sup­port GrowBiz mar­ket­ing as­sis­tant Al­i­son Powrie and Strat­hearn en­ter­prise co-or­di­na­tor Bravo Nya­mu­doka

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