Register with Fife Tourism Partnership at 

Connecting rural enterprises, free support available for SMEs from Scottish Enterprise

Fri 25 Apr 14

CREATE (Connecting Rural Enterprise for A Transnational Economy) is an innovative project joining a group of like-minded organisations spanning public sector authorities, private sector representative groups, and business development agencies from France, the UK, Ireland and Belgium, who share a joint vision of encouraging economic development. 

The project has been awarded European funding through the INTERREG IVB programme, to develop and pilot best practice techniques which encourage rural small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to take up and fully exploit the potential of faster broadband. CREATE can also help SMEs identify opportunities to work with other small rural businesses across North West Europe to share best practice and learning.

CREATE looks to overcome the barriers to growth and competitiveness experienced by SMEs in predominantly rural areas. These barriers include geographic isolation, lack of infrastructure, lack of scale, poor joint working opportunities and critically, lack of ICT expertise. Faster broadband and advanced ICT have the potential to overcome these barriers and transform the productivity of rural SMEs.

Free to SMEs in your region:

  • Independent review session with a CREATE Advisor
  • Tailored action plan explaining how ICT improvements can transform the business
  • Access to training materials and space to test new technology
  • Benchmarking and accreditation
  • Support to collaborate with other SMEs across North West Europe

To apply and for more information, visit:

Connecting Rural Enterprise for a Transnational Economy

Twitter Feed

  • Survey of Marina, Harbour & Mooring Operators ⛵@britishmarine and partners are running a survey which provides vita……
  • What a great story, really showing Fife's brilliant food and drink offering! Sugar kelp inspired coastal gin set to……