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SRUC Oatridge staff help design online training for rural entrepreneurs

Published Wednesday, 10th July 2013 in Study at SRUC news

Mountain biking

Staff from SRUC Oatridge Campus joined their European partners in Bulgaria to continue their work on the Henge project recently.

The Heritage and Natural Resources for Green Entrepreneurship (Henge) project aims to inspire and guide people in rural areas to set up their own businesses with the help of a newly created online resource.

Bulgaria’s capital Sofia was the venue for partners who travelled from Spain, Lithuania, Turkey, Romania and the UK, to come together to discuss the last phase of the development of the online materials.

The online resources form a training package which will help people living in rural areas start their own businesses through using local heritage (built, natural and cultural) resources. The possibilities for such ventures are broad; for example an entrepreneur could create a mountain biking centre, making use of the physical environment, or perhaps open a local textiles shop which would showcase a region’s natural resources.

Niall Evans, Team Leader, Environment and Countryside Management at SRUC Oatridge, said: “The drive behind this project is to try and address the European (and worldwide) trend of depopulation of rural areas. In encouraging people to reflect on their local area and understand the value of its wider heritage, they are more likely to take ownership and more responsibility of their local areas and promote them to others.”

The project will culminate with a conference that will take place in Romania in September 2013 where partners and representatives of all the partner countries will witness the launch of the programme and take part in workshops designed to widen understanding of the project materials among the target group.

For more information visit the Henge project website.

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