Rural Leadership Programme

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise Highlands and Islands Enterprise South of Scotland Enterprise

What does this involve?

The Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme (SERLP) is designed to equip rural business owners and managers with the confidence and skills to make bold decisions and to get the best from themselves, their business and their team. Strong leadership is particularly important if businesses are to get through the challenges brought on by Brexit and the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and take advantage of future opportunities.

Through an engaging interactive format, SERLP focuses on self-development and self-awareness to empower business leaders to effectively respond to the challenges and complexities of running a business and to enact positive change in the wider rural economy.

It is aimed at rural leaders or key employees who have ambitions for the future of their business and recognise the need to change their business model, learn new skills, embrace digital technologies and a new way of working and respond to their customers’ needs in these unprecedented times.

This unique and challenging programme has a new virtual format and is now in its 14th year with over 630 graduates. It is designed especially for busy people and the virtual format means time away from your business is minimal.

​Join one of the introductory webinars to find out how the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme could benefit you and hear more from the facilitators and leadership coaches.

The webinars will be held on:

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

The majority of the costs are covered by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, with participants' fees set at £400 + VAT.

Who is this for?

Farmers, rural business owners, managers or employees involved in running or managing a small to medium-sized business in Scotland.

How long does this take?

The programme runs from October 2020 to March 2021, with over 40 hours of virtual workshops, team tasks, group discussion and one-to-one coaching sessions.

Important information

Applications are open now with a closing date of 31 August 2020.

Led by key experts in their field, the programme includes over 40 hours of virtual workshops, team tasks, group discussion and one-to-one coaching sessions over six months, from October 2020 to March 2021.

There will be four regional groups, each with 10 participants.

Participants initially join one of the four regional groups - Highland (Inverness), North East (near Banchory), East and South East (near Edinburgh), South West Scotland (near Ayr) with opportunities to come together as one large group for later workshops.

Next steps

Submit an enquiry and an adviser be in touch to talk about the programme, or for general enquiries contact Aileen Carr at SAC Consulting: aileen.carr@sac.co.uk or call 01307 464033.

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise Highlands and Islands Enterprise South of Scotland Enterprise

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