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Updates for Businesses – November

A round up of  the latest opportunities and information for businesses in the National Park.

Short Term Let Licensing Update

Local Authorities have been progressing their approach and policies to the introduction of Short Term Let Licensing. Useful information can be found on VisitScotland and the ASSC websites. To find out more on how to apply, please see links below to the Local Authorities that comprise the National Park:

Argyll & Bute Council

Perth & Kinross Council

West Dunbartonshire Council

Stirling Council are in the process of developing guidelines and full details have still to be released.


Energy Bill Relief Scheme – Help for Businesses

This scheme will provide energy bill relief for business in the UK. Discounts will be applied automatically to energy usage initially between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023. The government fund will provide a discount on your gas and electricity unit prices. For full details of the scheme and to ensure that you don’t miss out on the financial support available, please see full details in the link below:


Reducing Business Costs

Further support to navigate the challenges of the current cost of doing business can be found on the FindBusinessSupport website.  This includes useful resources on how to reduce the cost of running your business, making your business greener and more efficient, and to managing your finances effectively.

A focused food waste reduction toolkit has also been created by VisitScotland.  Food waste costs Scottish hospitality outlets an average of £10,000 a year, with the equivalent of one in six meals served ending up in the bin. Reducing the quantity of food waste you produce will save you money, both on purchasing costs and by saving on waste disposal charges.


Scottish Agritourism Conference

The agritourism sector in Scotland is set to grow to £250 million by 2030 which will benefit many thousands of businesses in the rural economy and supply chain.

The Scottish Agritourism annual conference is for anyone keen to help grow this sector to its full potential, whether you are an agritourism business owner, a farmer or crofter considering agritourism.

The conference will focus on:

  • Sustainability of the Family Farm & Croft – focusing on agritourism as a way of ensuring that future generations can live and work on farm:
  • Creating an agritourism destination – a look at farms that have created multi-aspects to their agritourism offering, increasing opportunities for visitors to spend money
  • Putting Meat on to Agritourism Menus – 50% of agritourism farms in Scotland are to offer food & drink by 2030 as part of the national agritourism strategy

The programme will feature inspirational industry speakers and stories, break out sessions, supplier exhibition and provides a opportunity to network.

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