Whisky theme for new Highland Perthshire festival

17 Apr 2014
Tummel and Tay Festival organising committee

A new three-day festival will celebrate the best of Highland Perthshire's whisky, food and culture this May to tie in with Homecoming 2014's Whisky Month.

Rural Jobs Round Up: April 2014

17 Apr 2014
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In this article you can find information on some current vacancies in rural Scotland, or relating to rural development.

New triathlon event for Angus

17 Apr 2014
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As many as 180 competitors will swim, bike and run their way through a new triathlon event taking place in Angus this June. The Montrose Triathlon is being organised by the new not-for-profit business Tri Angus Limited which was recently set up by Maggie Lawrie from Arbroath.

Hustings event is chance to debate European issues

17 Apr 2014
European Parliament

European funding and European policy are vitally important for rural Scotland, and key decisions are increasingly being made by Members of the European Parliament. So it's more important than ever to cast a well-infomed vote in next month's European Parliament elections.

Coastal Communities Fund application deadline approaching

16 Apr 2014

The deadline for stage one applications to the third round of the UK-wide Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) is fast approaching. Funding awards in excess of £50,000 are available for projects which benefit coastal communities.

Completing your Single Application Form (SAF) 2014

14 Apr 2014
Sheep with black lamb

News from Scottish Government’s Rural Payments and Inspections Division

Spring is in the air and it’s that time of year again - when the annual Single Application Form (SAF) is due. This enables the Scottish Government’s Rural Payments and Inspections Division (RPID) to pay out much-needed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support schemes.

Drew Sloan, RPID’s Chief Agricultural Officer, highlights what to watch out for this year and how to get ahead with your claim for 2014.

Applications open for European LAG staff exchange

14 Apr 2014
GRoup of people smiling

Applications are now open for a LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) Staff Exchange programme organised by the European LEADER Association for Rural Development (ELARD).

This is the fourth time the Europe-wide exchange programme has taken place. Its aim is to promote the training of the participants as well as the sharing of experiences, know-how and new ideas between the European LAGs.

Scottish Rural Parliament update - what's all the fuss about?

11 Apr 2014
Scottish Rural Parliament logo

Scottish Rural Action, who are organising the first Scottish Rural Parliament, have provided this update on how the project is developing:

The Scottish Rural Parliament is happening this year and those with an interest in rural affairs need to know what all the fuss is about.

The Rural Parliament has the backing of Scottish Government and recently convened a meeting of some of Scotland’s most influential network organisations to provide advice about the formation of the Parliament.

Postcode penalty hits 15,000 Scottish businesses

11 Apr 2014

Citizens Advice Scotland have this week published new research showing the impact of unfair delivery charges on Scottish businesses.

Big Lottery hits pause on Awards for All

10 Apr 2014
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With the 2014 Commonwealth Games fast approaching, Big Lottery Scotland have paused applications to their Awards for All Scotland programme for three months.

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