Business in Cairngorms National Park to benefit from Enterprise support

Businesses across the Cairngorms National Park are to benefit from a package of specialist enterprise support which is designed to help rural businesses start-up and grow.

Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 9:58 am
Updated Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 10:02 am
Karen Martin, Enterprise Facilitator at GrowBiz

The enterprise support programme will be delivered by Scotland’s rural enterprise support organisation GrowBiz, in partnership with Cairngorms National Park.

Sole traders and businesses across a number of areas, including Grantown-on-Spey, Ballater and Braemar, will be able to access specialist enterprise support and advice which will include areas such as business strategy and planning, accessing finance, digital upskilling, marketing and personal development. There will also be a mentoring programme plus a facilitated networking group for women business owners.

The initial programme runs until the end of 2020.

Karen Martin, Enterprise Facilitator at GrowBiz said; “We are delighted to be delivering this programme of support across the Cairngorms National Park. Scotland’s rural businesses faced a number of unique challenges, including inconsistent broadband coverage, poor transport links and greater distances to supplies and services. The Covid-19 pandemic has simply added to these challenges and we hope that through the rural enterprise expertise which GrowBiz has to offer, we can help local businesses with tailored one-to-one support.”

Deirdre Falconer, chair of the Cairngorms Economic Steering Group and a board member of CNPA said: “We wholeheartedly welcome this investment in support for enterprise in the Cairngorms National Park. It is really important that our local businesses, big and small, can have access to this type of specialist business support – now more than ever with the significant negative impact on our economy due to Covid-19.”

Mark Tate, Chief Executive of the Cairngorms Business Partnership welcomed the additional support stating: “As the Chamber of Commerce for the Cairngorms National Park, we welcome this additional support for businesses in the National Park. We look forward to working closely with Karen and the GrowBiz team to support all businesses in the National Park.”

Businesses in the Cairngorms National Park can find out more about the enterprise support available from GrowBiz by visiting or email [email protected]