Jenny Davidson has been appointed by STEP, the local Business Gateway organisation, to co-ordinate rural business support and develop new support opportunities driven by local demand in the rural Stirling area.

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This includes Business Gateway Stirling’s Meet the Rural Adviser one-to-one appointments, available in rural business hubs including Callander, Drymen and Strathard, STEP’s popular Rural Forum, playing a crucial role in shaping the rural business support available and connecting businesses to our partners including Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER, Stirling University, and more. Businesses can also access specialist rural HR, Recruitment, Marketing, IT and Digital Infrastructure support through Jenny.

Jenny said “Rural Stirling is made up of a varied range of businesses both starting up and growing. STEP together with Business Gateway Stirling provides these businesses with support, training, advice, and a connection to our diverse support partners. I am delighted to now be focusing on driving and making accessible the support these businesses need.”

Mike Barclay, STEP's Business Support Manager said “Rural businesses make up almost half of Stirling’s Business economy and each have their own set of unique challenges versus their urban counterparts. The area is the ideal environment for business growth and with recent Council investment in rurally based business hubs we are delighted our advisers will have the opportunity to work out of these hubs and centre themselves in the rural community more. With more and more rural support being provided the investment in this new role will give these businesses a direct contact to ensure they get the bespoke support needed. Traditionally it’s not as easy to access business support in rural areas as it is in the city, this role together with being physically present in the rural hubs will make accessing support easier.”

Contact Jenny on jdavidson@stepscotland.co.uk