Regional Priority Code
Diversification of Rural Enterprise priorities
26. A diverse land-based business sector, through:
a. encouraging innovation and new product development and local processing, marketing and retailing in line with Scottish Food and Drink Strategy and the Scottish Forestry Strategy. Particularly proposals that:
- promote the development of new innovative products by existing companies for the food and drink, energy and forestry markets
- encourage businesses to work together to combine products and services in an innovative way in the food and drink and forestry sectors
- encourage the local selling of farm produce
- add value to timber grown in the Clyde Valley Region through support to local groups
- develop the potential for non-timber forest products.
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b. strengthening links between primary producers and other industry sectors, including processors, retailers and the food service sector, to develop predictable and stable supplies and reduce costs, waste and food/timber miles and live animal transport. Particularly proposals that:
- encourage greater co-operation between (particularly food) businesses that increases the efficiency of the local food supply chain and provides better returns to the primary producer, e.g. by sharing costs in marketing, distribution and administration
- shorten the links between producer and consumer, e.g. between processors (especially finishers and slaughter houses) distributors, caterers and local consumer outlets
- assist with the establishment of improved and sustainable farmers market sites throughout the Clyde Valley Region
- support the development of woodfuel/biomass utilising wood grown in the Clyde Valley Region including local woodfuel clusters and other measures as outlined in the Scottish Biomass Action Plan.
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c. improvements in environmental performance particularly in resource usage and waste management practices. Particularly proposals that:
- involve the use of bio-digesters as an innovative approach to dealing with food and animal waste and as a source of sustainable energy
- involve participation in region or sub-region wide waste recycling schemes, e.g. farm plastics recycling initiatives.
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27. Higher value rural goods and services being delivered from the primary (agriculture and forestry) manufacturing and processing, and the recreation and tourism sectors, through improvements in quality and reductions in production, processing and transport costs. Particularly proposals that:
- help improve distinctive and high quality local products that are used to promote the Clyde Valley and Kelvin Valley areas as visitor destinations
- support eco-tourism/green tourism initiatives particularly where local providers work collaboratively. For example; walk-on, cycle-on, ride-on holidays.
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28. The increased local use of renewable energy, e.g. woodfuel. Particularly proposals that:
- support the development and implementation of small-scale local projects utilising hydro, wind power and woodfuel/biomass and bio-digesters
- develop wood energy should be consistent with the development plan of the GCV Green Network Partnership Wood Energy Study
- support the increased production of woodfuel from the metropolitan Green Network, e.g. Lanarkshire Biomass
- support projects that increase the installed capacity of modern woodfuel conversion technology in both public and private sectors.
29. Improved number of career development opportunities, through skills and training initiatives addressing rural skills gaps (complementing work of local enterprise agencies) and incorporating awareness of environmental and social objectives. Particularly proposals that:
- assist individuals gain or maintain sustainable employment through developing skills particularly those that contribute to sustainability and productivity of their business or employer's business
- support proposals which seek to introduce new trainees into the land use sector and which also seek to improve the ability for multi-disciplinary land uses, e.g. farmers incorporating woodland/forest management into their livestock enterprise, FEI initiatives aimed at school leaver or unemployed people
- support FEI initiatives, particularly those aimed at school leaver or unemployed people, and including the development of appropriate educational resources
- support land managers to increase their skills on incorporating environmental and social objectives into their own traditional activities
- support local communities to increase their land management and design skills.
30. Improvement in the value and duration of tourism visits in rural areas, including maximising opportunities for green tourism. Particularly proposals that:
- promote eco-tourism/wildlife and activity/outdoor tourism, particularly in the Tourism Development Areas (see Technical Report TR 3/06 Industry & Business Context Report)
- encourage the adoption of waste minimisation, energy efficiency, etc. by businesses serving the tourist market
- encourage the introduction and piloting of sustainable visitor management such as novel transport facilities, visitor management information, etc.
- improve the range and levels of quality, sustainable tourism accommodation for 'all year round' tourism to meet a range of consumer budgets
- encourage the organisation and implementation of new events particularly outside the 'main' tourist season and in rural areas new to tourism activity.
Improvements in integration between access and land management. Priority will be given to proposals that enhance access/land management integration in:
Improvements in facilities for specific user groups including all abilities. Particularly proposals that:
- include facilities for walkers, mountain-bikers, canoeists, horse-riders, divers, wildlife clubs and community interest groups.