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Daniella Damptey

Daniella Damptey

Originally from Ghana, Daniella Damptey moved to Scotland when she was 12 years-old and has since developed a burning passion to support young people in rural areas. Currently the Member of Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) for Angus, Daniella is using her seat voice in parliament to help combat challenges that she faced when living in rural Angus.

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Mary McIntosh

Mary McIntosh

With creative start-ups booming during lockdown, Mary McIntosh is a flourishing example of how young people living in rural areas can successfully set up innovative businesses. Growing up in a rural area her whole life, Mary has found that having the time to focus on her ideas and passion for baking, has helped get ‘Mary’s Mini Bakes’ off the ground.

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Wallace Currie

Wallace Currie

Wallace was brought up on beef and sheep farm in Arran. When he was younger, Wallace had an interest in the farm but lost his enthusiasm during his teenage years. However, Wallace decided to study agriculture at SRUC’s Ayr campus, realising a love for farming again after school. During university he had a particular interest in diversification and food security and focused his honours dissertation on these two topics, going onto complete a Master’s degree in food security.

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Annabel Baker

Annabel Baker

Annabelle is an English lass that has lived in Scotland since the age of four. She studied Geography with Psychology at the University of Dundee and then went on to study Catchment Hydrology and Management. She was lucky enough to then get an internship at Perth College UHI as Project Coordinator on a renewables business network before moving to LANTRA Scotland.

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Ella McLeister

Ella McLeister

Ella, originally from the Scottish Borders has returned home to live and work in Selkirk, after studying for two years in Sydney, Australia. She is now currently working as a freelance photographer and stylist.

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Megan Rowland

Megan Rowland

Megan is a professional deer stalker and land manager based in Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands. A driven and passionate young woman, Megan has shown fantastic leadership in a sector that has historically been dominated by men.

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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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