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Cameron Bruce of Arran’s Food Journey recently undertook the 2020/21 Scottish Enterprise rural leadership programme, which is designed to equip rural business owners and managers with the confidence and skills to make bold decisions and to get the best from themselves, their business and their team.
The course culminates with the 40 delegates split into an eight-team competition to develop a business or social enterprise project plan, submitted as a video.
Cameron was part of the winning team ‘Rural Together’ whose project idea was to create a social enterprise aimed at combating loneliness and isolation in rural communities.
They would do this by getting each of the 600 rural leaders alumni from the 14 years of the programme to organise digital and physical events that are a combination of a formal talk or farm tour followed by a social gathering.
Cameron, who also works for VisitArran, said he was delighted to be part of the winning team, adding that he would highly recommend the rural leadership programme from both a learning and a networking perspective.
Farmers market held online
Arran’s Food Journey and Arran Eco Savvy will join together to hold Arran’s first virtual farmers’ market tomorrow (Saturday) from 11.30am.
The online event will be hosted on the Arran Online Market Facebook page which already has 1,500 followers.
The market will consist of 10-minute slots to keep it entertaining and will feature Arran’s biggest food and drink brands as well as smaller producers. The running schedule can be found on the Arran Online Market page.
Cameron Bruce of Arran’s Food Journey said: ‘The event will promote Arran produce with some available to order through the producers usual selling channels as well as giving those that are further afield a reminder of just some of the many reasons why they choose to visit Arran.’
The event is part of Arran’s contribution to the Scotland Loves Local campaign, which is aimed at promoting local produce.