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Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme 2011/12

If you play an active part in Scotland’s rural economy, you’ll understand the complexities and competing issues involved. That’s why Scottish Enterprise has developed the Rural Leadership Programme, to help you balance those challenges and make a real impact through your business.


This six-month programme, commencing in October 2011 and delivered by SAC, will help you become a strong advocate for rural issues, and understand the rural planning and decision making processes.  It will give you:


  • The confidence to take the lead in representing your company and sector
  • An understanding of the role of key institutions in the rural economy
  •  A high level of communication and interpersonal skills
  •  The opportunity to increase professionalism in Scotland’s rural economy sectors – including agriculture, tourism, food and drink, and renewable energy
  • Help to enhance agricultural and rural representation – at community, local, and national government levels
  • Support to create better public policy for agriculture and rural affairs in Scotland


This engaging programme involves a variety of group workshops, one-to-one coaching some residential learning and improved communications skills. There are study trips to the Scottish, British and European Parliaments. The programme will culminate in an annual conference in March 2012, with continuing opportunities to make lasting contacts at all levels throughout business, community and Government.   There are 12 days of events plus some project work to be completed in your own time.  Around half of the events are held in regional groups based around Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Ayr.   The cost is largely met by Scottish Enterprise with a contribution of £750+VAT from participants.


The programme is primarily intended for those running or involved in Small to Medium sized Rural Businesses in the Scottish Enterprise area although others working for organisations that deal with rural businesses have participated in the past.  Please contact Catriona Clark on 01224 711084 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register your interest or find out more.




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