A STEP in history: STEP Launches Rural Roadshow

Throwback Thursday:

One Thursday every month we are taking a look back through STEP’s archives at business successes of the past.

This month we are looking back to the year 1991 when STEP first launched its Rural Roadshow.

STEP has always been dedicated to supporting rural businesses as well as their urban counterparts. April 1991 saw the launch of STEP’s first rural roadshow offering 1-2-1 business advice meetings with a specialist.

During this time STEP had been surveying the rural areas of Stirling District to gather detailed information on all business activity. By doing this, they created a database of businesses.

The aim of the Roadshow was to tour various rural areas in order to help businesses understand and learn more about the various business support options available to them.

During this time, British Coal Enterprise agreed to give financial support to STEP in their work as a local Enterprise Trust.

Derek Gavin, the Executive Director of STEP said: “We are very pleased to receive financial support once again from British Coal Enterprise. They have been extremely supportive of our organization since we started in 1984.

Since 1991 and the launch of the Rural Roadshows, STEP has been continually dedicated to supporting rural businesses throughout the Stirling region and has recently invested further in their Rural business support provision.

Business support activity across the region includes Business Gateway Stirling’s Meet the Rural Adviser one-to-one appointments, available in rural business hubs including Callander, Drymen and Strathard. Also, STEP’s popular Rural Forum which plays a crucial role in shaping the rural business support available and connecting businesses to our ecosystem support partners. Businesses can also access specialist rural HR, Recruitment, Marketing, IT and Digital Infrastructure support.

For more information about the support available for rural businesses please contact



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