Rural Business Support

Supporting rural businesses since 1991.

Almost half of Stirling’s Businesses are based in our thriving rural areas.

Having supported these businesses for over 3o years we appreciate the challenges in rural businesses are different than in their urban counterparts.

Free Rural Business Appointments

Working with Stirling’s Rural Business Hubs, businesses can now book a one-to-one meeting in their local area with a Business Gateway Stirling adviser. Our monthly rural appointments offer you the opportunity to meet with an expert Business Adviser on a 1:1 basis.

These clinics run every month in Aberfoyle, Callander, Bannockburn and Drymen. 

Appointments coming soon to Cowie – If there is an area where you would like to see appointments also available please let us know. 

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You can also get in touch below to book a Business Adviser one-to-one

Rural Forum

The Rural Business Forum was founded by STEP and plays a crucial role in shaping the rural business support available in the Stirling and wider Forth Valley area. 

We understand that you are faced with your own unique business challenges. That’s why we ensure that businesses like yours are kept informed, able to participate and benefit from existing support programs available.

Whether you have a question about making the most of new and emerging technologies in rural areas, enhancing innovation, creating business and job opportunities, ensuring that rural communities are attractive to a workforce it needs, enabling the transition of rural areas to a low carbon economy or something else the rural forum is your opportunity to join other business and specialised rural support companies to discuss. 

About the Fourm

At each meeting, a panel of experts will introduce themself and what support their company offers, and then we will take questions/discussion points from the audience.

We want to hear from you about your needs, challenges and asks as a rural business, so we will discuss and listen to your needs to help shape future available support.

Join The Forum

Aimed at Rural based businesses across Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.

You can join the forum by getting in touch at or register for an upcoming event below. 

We have also listed any other events targeted at Rural Businesses. 

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Meet Our Experts

Need to speak to an expert? We can help…

We have teamed up with a selection of local experts to give you access to a fully funded initial consultation (30-minute session) with the professional of your choice.

You can book an appointment with one of the following experts:
• Accountant
• Commercial Property
• Financial Readiness
• Funding
• HR
• IT & Digital
• Marketing
• Scottish Enterprise – Innovation
• Solicitor

STEP delivers the Business Gateway service in Stirling which is fully funded by the Scottish Government, and free of charge for you and your business.

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