Rural Leadership Programme

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

What does this involve?

A programme for business managers and employees from rural businesses with a desire to develop their skills and grow their business, funded by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Programme activities include:

  • Leadership coaching workshops
  • One-to-one business focus sessions
  • Business strategy workshop
  • Team working on rural innovation projects
  • Learning journeys to Edinburgh, Brussels and London parliaments

Participants initially join one of four regional groups - Highland (Inverness), North East (near Banchory), East and South East (near Edinburgh), South West Scotland (near Ayr). They then join one large group for later workshops and learning journeys.

Am I eligible?

There are no boundaries to application – we have had everything from young people early in their careers to managing directors. All you need is ambition and a strong desire to improve your business and the rural sector.

What does this cost?

The bulk of the costs are covered by Scottish Enterprise and HIE, with participant fees set at £900 +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 thirteen days of activities over six months - from late October to early March each year. The programme will end in 2021.

Important information

You'll be joining a network of over 550 graduates, including farmers, vets, estate managers, tourism managers, and managers from processing and supply businesses.

Next steps

Submit an enquiry and an adviser be in touch to talk about the programme.

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

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