Scottish Rural Leadership Programme - Transforming Scotland's Rural Economy

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  • Ready to think differently and look at your business through a new lens?

  • Do you have the Ambition, Capability and Commitment to ignite your business, your community and Scotland as a whole?

  • Are you open to change, disruption and challenge?

If the answer to the above is a resounding YES, then your transformational journey awaits...

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You are a business owner, director or senior member of a rurally based business/organisation and you know that now is the right time for you to think differently and look at your business through a new lens. The Scottish Rural Leadership programme will take you on a transformational journey. As an individual you have the power to ignite your business, your community and Scotland as a whole. There has never been a more important time to change. This programme will galvanise action and inspire creative development.

The Scottish Rural Leadership Programme is led by Scottish Enterprise, in partnership with Highland and Islands Enterprise and the South of Scotland Enterprise. The Programme will be delivered by Elevator.

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This programme is designed for Rural Leaders who have:

  • Ambition - Desire to grow your business/organisation to the next level, to understand the importance of collective responsibility to achieve growth and have deep resonance with community and place
  • Capability - Appetite to develop strategic awareness, world class leadership skills and an open mind to be inspired and develop creative thinking
  • Commitment -  Motivation to make the step change in themselves and their organisation and believe in the addition of their value at every session.

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  • Industry leading training – including delivery by James Withers, Alison Milne, Shona Mitchell, Andrew Cameron and Brian Willamson
  • Inspiring Speakers - including Mark Logan, Sandy Kennedy and Heather Jones
  • Peer Group mentoring – working together to change the dial in Scotland’s rural economy
  • Networking – relationships that will galvanise a rural voice, collaboration and you will become part of the wider Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership alumni of nearly 700 like-minded Rural Leaders
  • Coaching - working through challenges and opportunities to drive growth and business change
  • Innovation - changing your mindset, exploring and creating the ideas that will transform your business and the economy
  • Visits - to world leading rural innovation success stories

We’ll be including the following sessions on the programme:

27 October

Welcome Conference – Central Belt location

North East: 2 Nov

Highlands & Islands: 3 Nov

South East: 9 Nov

South West: 10 Nov

The Rural Lens – a deeper understanding of the economy and environment that your business is working in

Highlands & Islands: 28/29 Nov

North East: 1/2 Dec

South East: 5/6 Dec

South West: 8/9 Dec

Leadership Skills

November – February

One-to-One Coaching

15 December (online)

Strategic Influencing & Communications (to obtain change)

10/11 January @ V&A Dundee

Business Innovation Workshop

Includes inspirational speakers, networking and visit to innovation locations

Late January (online)

Global Connections

31 Jan - 2 Feb Group 1:

Highlands & Islands + North East


7 Feb – 9 Feb Group 2:

South East + South West

Learning Journey to Edinburgh and London


Closing Conference

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In addition to having the Ambition, Capability and Commitment to succeed on this course, you will be required to dedicate time:

  • 10 Days attending workshops and learning journeys
  • 3 Hours of Coaching
  • 2 half-days of online workshops
  • Ongoing Peer-to-Peer support

It should be noted that there is a fixed participant contribution of £850.00 (ex VAT) for the programme. The programme itself is funded; this fee is to cover the various travel and accommodation expenses that will be accrued whilst completing the programme.

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Information Sessions:

To find out more about the Programme, why not join one of the four online information sessions we are hosting:

  • Wednesday 7th September 2022 @16:00
  • Tuesday 20th September 2022 @ 10:30
  • Wednesday 21st September 2022 @ 08:30
  • Thursday 22nd September 2022 @ 1930

Book your free place on these sessions here 

Register your interest:

Should you wish to discuss this programme in more detail, please email Karen Clark for further information, or register your interest today: 

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Click here to download the Information Sheet

Scottish Rural Leadership Programme

Led by Scottish Enterprise, in partnership with Highland and Islands Enterprise and the South of Scotland Enterprise

Attend information sessions to find out more about the programme

Delivered by recognised industry experts

The Welcome Conference will take place on the 27th October 2022

Combination of workshops, Coaching and Peer-to-Peer support

Minimal participant fee contribution