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View the SHIREs 2021 recordings

You can now view the full recordings of the second annual Scottish Highlands and Islands Rural Economy (SHIREs) Conference and Awards, which took place on 18 November 2021. 

Use the links below to visit the Harper Macleod YouTube channel, and use the playlist in the video description to go straight to any particular element of the day. 

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VIEW RECORDING OF THE SHIRES CONFERENCE

VIEW RECORDING OF THE SHIRES 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.