Rural leadership programme

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This unique and challenging programme - which is delivered on behalf of Scottish Enterprise by SAC Consulting - is aimed at business managers and employees from rural businesses who have a desire to develop their leadership skills and grow their business.

To date, over 500 people have completed the programme, including farmers, vets, estate managers, tourism managers, and managers from processing and supply businesses. We are delighted that Highlands and Islands (HIE) have partnered with Scottish Enterprise for the next three years to offer 15 programme places every year to HIE businesses. There are 45 programme places available every year for the area covered by Scottish Enterprise.

The aim of the programme is to assist rural business leaders to create additional wealth through leading, team working, networking, influencing and by being ambitious. It does this by developing the capacity of individuals, building their confidence, widening their boundaries, building industry and parliamentary trust, providing an awareness of rural economic issues and introducing individuals to the wider rural leadership network.

Scottish Enterprise works in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise to deliver this programme. The programme is now delivered across the whole of Scotland.