New Meet The Adviser Appointments Available In Killin As STEP Increases Regular Rural Business Support Sessions

In a significant stride towards enhancing rural business support in the Stirling region, we are delighted to announce the introduction of regular Meet the Adviser appointments in Killin. Working with Stirling Council and the Killin community the newly designated Rural Hub Location for these appointments is the Killin Sports Pavilion at Breadalbane Park, Killin, FK21 8UW.

Traci Titterington, our dedicated Rural Adviser, will be available for appointments, initially scheduled for the first Wednesday of February and March 2024. Following this, monthly meetings are planned from April onwards, with additional dates to be confirmed soon.

Traci Titterington, an accomplished adviser with a rich background in retail and a small business owner herself, brings a wealth of experience in nurturing businesses and delivering exceptional customer service. Traci is supported by a team of experienced Business Advisers and specialists at STEP, who collectively possess a wealth of expertise to support businesses across Stirling. This team will offer comprehensive guidance on HR, recruitment, marketing, IT, and digital infrastructure. With a commitment to the success of Stirling’s businesses, STEP aims to fuel growth and innovation across the region.

Traci said, “I am delighted that we are expanding our Meet the Adviser service into another rural area. As a small business owner myself, I understand the value of time as a precious commodity for SMEs, and I am thrilled that we can bring support directly to them.”

The launch of Killin appointments is part of a broader strategy by STEP, an organisation dedicated to supporting businesses in Stirling for over 40 years, to bolster its commitment to rural business development. Traci’s appointment is made possible through funding from Stirling Council and the UK government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Anne-Michelle Ketteridge, Rural Economic Development Manager at Stirling Council, underscores the significance of the initiative, stating, “Rural businesses make up on average 47% of the business community in Stirling, showcasing the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit in the region. Stirling Council is delighted to support STEP in expanding its rural support to amplify the success and growth potential of all businesses in Stirling by investing in robust business support initiatives.”

Elaine Watterson, Trossachs and Teith Councillor, Provist, and Vice-Chair of STEP, adds her endorsement, saying, “Killin is a unique and thriving community, and these appointments will undoubtedly provide invaluable support to local businesses. It’s heartening to see such great partnership work ensuring that this support is not only provided but is also accessible to all. I applaud the effort to enhance the economic prospects of our rural areas.”

This expansion builds upon existing monthly Meet the Adviser Business Gateway appointments currently available at Aberfoyle, Bannockburn, Callander, City Centre and Drymen, intending to bring accessible business support directly to your doorstep across Stirling.

Traci not only covers Killin but also regularly visits other locations in rural Stirling. This initiative is designed to provide flexible and tailored assistance to businesses in various areas, ensuring that support is available when and where it is needed the most.

Whether you are an already established rural business or contemplating starting one, we strongly encourage you to get in touch. Traci is available to discuss the diverse range of business support services we offer and explore how we can assist you in achieving your business goals.

For further information or to book an appointment, please contact the Business Gateway Stirling Team at STEP on 01786 498 496 or visit the official website at www.stepscotland.co.uk.

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