Rural businesses can get support from various networks and schemes, including social enterprise organisations and the Scottish Government.
Rural areas face many of the same economic challenges as the rest of Scotland. However, some circumstances are particular to rural communities.
Many aspects are positive, such as quality of life and high staff loyalty. However, rural businesses need to cope with a sparse population, distance from markets, fewer job opportunities and limited availability of development sites.
If you are thinking about starting or growing a business in a rural area, there are networks and support schemes that can help.
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