Start 2018 with a boost for business
GrowBiz there to help local rural enterprise
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 growbiz.co.uk
Support GrowBiz marketing assistant Alison Powrie and Strathearn enterprise co-ordinator Bravo Nyamudoka