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By Fiona Reid
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Rural programme to include farmers from area

REPRESENTATIVES from two Dumfries and Galloway farming firms have been selected to take part in the Scottish Rural Leadership Programme.

Castlemilk and Corrie Estates near Lockerbie and Klondyke Farms Ltd at Thornhill are one of eight organisations chosen for the initiative which aims to foster innovation, growth and resiliency across Scotland’s rural economy.

Also taking part from the region will be members of the Glenkens Community and Arts Trust.

The programme, a collaboration between Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise will equip participants with the skills to embrace rapid change and future-proof their businesses.

Helen Keron, executive manager of Glenkens Community and Arts Trust, said: “I was delighted to be selected for the Scottish Rural Leader Programme, both for myself and also as an acknowledgement that the South’s charitable organisations add a huge amount of financial and social value to our economy. I am already looking forward to learning more about how the Glenkens Community and Arts Trust can contribute even further to rural growth and consolidate its own position in what is an ever-more challenging environment for businesses, charities and individuals alike.”

Meanwhile, Susan Harkins, from SOSE, said: “We want to establish the South as a place that embraces innovation, with businesses who can adapt to change in order to become more resilient and flourish.

“The Scottish Rural Leadership Programme is an excellent opportunity for business leaders in the South to learn these skills, for the benefit of not only themselves but also their employees and the wider regional economy.”

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