Strathearn Herald : 2019-11-21

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11 www.strathearn­ 21.11.2019 JOHN ROWBOTHAM A Lochearnhe­ad couple who run a holiday business have won a top award for the way they accommodat­e vacationin­g pets. Fraser and Kim Proven’s Little Briar Cottage was recently named best pet holiday home in Europe at the Holiday Home in Europe awards, announced in Barcelona earlier this month. The couple have been offering petfriendl­y self-catering on the banks of Loch Earn since 2008, in the grounds of their thatched cottage. Kim said: “Our service and facilities are, of course, enhanced and supported Supporting area’s firms CLARE DAMODARAN weren’t possible even five years ago. “In the last three years GrowBiz has attracted, on average, more than one new client a day. “The ingenuity and resilience that our clients demonstrat­e day- in, day- out, is testament to their creativity and tenacity and are a powerful indication of the importance of the rural economy to the national story.” Deputy First Minister John Swinney – the MSP for Perthshire North – is a long-term supporter of GrowBiz. The SNP politician said: “It is no surprise to me that GrowBiz has welcomed its 1000th client since October 2016. “The team at GrowBiz is demonstrab­ly passionate about supporting small and micro-businesses, and connecting them to work with each other in an effort to both boost business and reduce social isolation at the same time. “Their client-centred, profession­al and inclusive service to anyone who wants to start or grow a business in a rural area is innovative and inspiratio­nal and the friendly approach that they take is clearly paying dividends and is to be heartily commended.” Perth and Kinross Council chief executive, Karen Reid, congratula­ted GrowBiz on the milestone achievemen­t. The local authority figurehead commented: “The GrowBiz model is simple but effective, offering advice and practical support through one- to- one sessions, learning events, both online and face-toface, with regular networking events across rural Perthshire. “With support from Perth and Kinross Council, their award- winning business mentoring programme is the first enterprise-focused programme in Scotland to be officially accredited by the Scottish Mentoring Network.” The vice- chair of the Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER Local Action Group, Iain Mathieson, added: “What GrowBiz has achieved in the last three years is incredible. “National economic policy and business support tend to focus on high-growth sectors and businesses, often in urban rather than rural areas. “But, in the last decade, it has been the growth of small and micro-enterprise­s which has fuelled innovation, employment and new kinds of collaborat­ive working, and in rural Perthshire, GrowBiz has been at the forefront of that.” Enterprise support organisati­on GrowBiz recently welcomed its 1000th client since October 2016. In the last three years, the team of enterprise facilitato­rs has advised and supported 1000 people of all ages, from all walks of life and at all stages of their entreprene­urial journey. The 1000th client is Anna Malyon who runs Coppertop Croft, which produces a range of homeware products such as cushions and stationery with contempora­ry designs for the wholesale gift and tourism markets. Anna, based in Crieff, said: “I wanted to design products that would promote Scotland positively and provide retailers with something different and design-led to offer their customers, be they from home or abroad. “GrowBiz has been so responsive to my need to get support and everyone at GrowBiz has a genuine desire to help. “They have been able to identify the most pressing areas of support and have given guidance and support over and above what was ever expected. “GrowBiz also recognises the need for the continuati­on of support and the importance of networking events to bring rural businesses together. “This encourages shared experience, peer support and collaborat­ions that wouldn’t happen otherwise. It enables businesses to thrive which creates further opportunit­ies for employment and builds resilience and capacity in rural communitie­s.” Jackie Brierton is CEO of GrowBiz. She said: “We were delighted to welcome our 1000th client in three years and Anna is a shining example of the innovative nature of so many people who live in rural areas. “Rural enterprise is worth an estimated £36billion to the Scottish economy each year, nearly 25 per cent of Scotland’s overall economy, and with the right kind of investment and business support, this figure can only increase. “The rural economy offers huge potential for economic growth, but it’s a bit different from the ‘urban’ economy. “There are more small and microbusin­esses, and fewer medium and large enterprise­s, more social enterprise­s and, increasing­ly, more businesses using digital applicatio­ns in innovative ways which PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW