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Owen Foster

Owen Foster

Young entrepreneur, Owen, has been keeping busy during lockdown setting up his new hit farm shop. Owen began his entrepreneurial journey at age 12, selling free-range eggs in his village. He has since founded his successful jam company, ‘Owen’s Angus Jam’ and is now expanding into new territory with his shop, ‘Foster’s Farm Shop’.

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Eilidh Carr

Eilidh Carr

Photographer and business owner Eilidh, moved home at the age of 23 to the small and remote island of Berneray, where she grew up. Here, she launched her business Coralbox Gift Shop – a small independent craft shop where she sells her own photography products, as well as other local makers’ creations.

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Gini Dickinson

Gini Dickinson

Gini is a vivacious, creative, and environmentally conscious young woman spreading her message of female empowerment through her feminist jewellery and embroidery business, GiniBeanifairy.

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Josse Haarhuis

Josse Haarhuis

In just two years, Netherlands based Josse, has built his unique and successful business, PigMe. He produces high quality, high welfare meat; reared locally and fed on local restaurant waste by teams of volunteers.

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Austen Morley

Austen Morley

Austen has recently returned to rural Aberdeenshire after living in London. After months of grafting, Austen is set to launch the family business Slainte Mhath – a mobile pop up coffee and cocktail bar, providing high-quality barista-style coffee by day and locally crafted alcoholic beverages by night.

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Treasa Cadogan

Treasa Cadogan

Treasa comes from Cape Clear, the southernmost inhabited island at the bottom of Ireland. Just 3 miles long and one-mile wide, it’s 8 miles off the coast of West Cork with a population of 120 to 130 people depending on the time of year.

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Miriam Hamilton

Miriam Hamilton

Miriam Hamilton is a woman of many talents and skills; she is a weaver of Harris tweed, a seamstress designing beautiful clothing, a jewellery maker and watercolour artist. She sells her many creations online, and through her shop, The Weaving Shed, which she built at her home on the Isle of Lewis.

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Food Punks

Food Punks

Food Punks is an innovative social enterprise in the Scottish Borders empowering young people through food. Food Punks is one of Tweeddale Youth Action’s (TYA) income generating social enterprises that started as an initiative to teach simple cookery skills that would help young people learn how to cook local fresh food from scratch and lead to lower carbon lifestyles.

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Donald MacKinnon

Donald MacKinnon

After studying Politics and Geography at Glasgow University, Donald MacKinnon returned home to the Isle of Lewis with a determination to build a life for himself working the land, and a commitment to building a strong future for the island.

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ENGINE Exchange Programme

ENGINE Exchange Programme

The ENGINE Exchange is a European LEADER funded project between Smaland in Sweden and a partnership between Angus, Perth and Kinross and Fife LEADER programmes.

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Phil Anderson

Phil Anderson

After growing up on an organic sheep and beef farm in the Scottish Borders, Philip moved to Edinburgh to study. First BSc Agriculture, then a postgraduate in Outdoor and Environmental.

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Luke Taylor

Luke Taylor

Luke Taylor has lived and worked in West Lothian for most of his life. Passionate about rangering and land-based industries, Luke wants to promote the industry and has created a new podcast titled The Rambling Ranger.

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Melissa Reilly

Melissa Reilly

Having grown up in Lanark herself, Melissa Reilly is now in an ideal position to be supporting her community through her role as Development Manager for the Lanark Community Development Trust. Challenges faced include affordable house and digital connectivity.

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Anna Lamotte

Anna Lamotte

Growing up in the Perthshire countryside, Anna Lamotte had little idea she would later return to become a pioneering young businesswoman, just a stone’s throw away from the family farm of her childhood. Challenges include: poor digital connectivity and affordable long-term housing.

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Jakob Eunson

Jakob Eunson

Jakob lives in Uradale, Shetland Isles approximately three minutes outside Scalloway, the ancient Island capital. He farms an organic enterprise with his father and predominantly runs native Shetland breeds. Not only is Jakob a farmer, but he’s also a trained butcher who supplies the farm’s lamb and beef direct to wholesalers and retailers.

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Flexstead

Flexstead

Taking on the affordable housing crisis with a fresh set of eyes, architect Andrew Mcmullan and his team have created the future way of living for rural youth. The main challenges the Mcmullan studio aim to address are: long-term & affordable housing, sustainable building materials, creating a flexible living and working space.

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Amy Dunnachie

Amy Dunnachie

Amy Dunnachie grew-up on the Isle of Jura before moving to the mainland to study silversmithing at the Glasgow School of Art. After graduating, Amy decided to move back to the mountains and coastline she calls home. Her challenges include: infrastructure, employment and long-term and affordable housing.

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