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 450 people have completed the programme, including farmers, vets, estate managers, tourism managers, and managers from processing and supply businesses. This year Highlands and Islands (HIE) have joined forces with Scottish Enterprise to offer 15 places to HIE businesses for the Rural Leadership Programme.
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.