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Scottish Highlands & Islands Rural Economy Conference and Awards

 Scottish Highlands & Islands Rural Economy Conference and Awards


The virtual event was a fascinating insight in the challenges and opportunities facing businesses, organisations and individuals in rural Scotland. With a theme of ‘Our Land, Our Lives, Our Legacy’, and coming just days after COP26 closed in Glasgow, the climate crisis and the much vaunted ‘just transition’ to a greener economy were recurring factors in several of the sessions.

Other key themes to emerge from the day’s session included: the importance of community engagement; the need for a nuanced approach to each different rural area, rather than a one-size-fits-all solution; and the inherent entrepreneurialism and solution driven nature of the modern rural economy.

Organised by leading law firm Harper Macleod LLP in conjunction with Highland News and Media, the virtual event was hosted by broadcaster Nicky Marr and Chris Kerr, head of the firm’s Highlands, Islands and Moray operation.


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