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Digital upgrades live in Perth and Kinross

Around 1,400 households and businesses in Perth and Kinross can now connect to better broadband speeds through the Scottish Government’s £600m R100 programme.

Perth Museum Opens Easter 2024

The ambitious £27 million Perth Museum project will open on Easter Weekend, in March 2024, bringing a world-class cultural and heritage attraction to Perth city centre.

Perth and Kinross given A rating for environmental action

Perth and Kinross has been recognised as one of 119 cities and local authorities across the globe that are taking bold leadership on environmental action and transparency, despite the pressures of a challenging economic situation.

Green Living Fund Open For Applications

Communities across Perth and Kinross are being given the chance to bid for a share of over £225,000 worth of funding to support projects that tackle the Cost of Living and climate crises.

Business leaders invited to picture future opportunities from museum investment

Perth & Kinross Council invites local businesses to share in the future opportunities of the £27 million investment in the Perth Museum.

Economic Journal Summary | Summer 2023

The Perth and Kinross Economic Journal for the 12-month period to end of July 2023 shows signs of recovery in business start up, earnings and wellbeing.

Tay Cities Region Deal announces free digital skills courses

The Tay Cities Digital Skills project has announced free digital skills courses for people living and working in the Tay Cities region.

PKC Backs Independent Businesses This Christmas

Returning for a fourth year, the much-applauded Independent Gift Guide for Perth and Kinross, will build on the success of previous years by encouraging people to shop local with family retailers and restaurants this Christmas.

The Enchanted Forest Delivers £10Million of Economic Impact

Now in its 21st year, The Enchanted Forest in Perthshire has won numerous awards including Best Cultural Event at the VisitScotland Regional Awards in 2018, Best Outdoor Festival at the Scottish Outdoor & Leisure Awards 2017, Best Cultural Event at the UK Event Awards 2016.

StorTera installs world first for energy storage in Perth and Kinross

Perth & Kinross Council has become the first place in the world to use spiral-flow battery technology to reduce its carbon footprint.

Shape the Future of Perth and Kinross: Big Place Conversation Survey closes on 31 August

Perth and Kinross residents are being urged to be part of the Big Place conversation before 31 August and complete the big place consultation survey.

Perthshire Tourism Leadership Group

Join the Perthshire Tourism Leadership Group (PTLG) and help to shape the future of the Perthshire Tourism Action Plan.

Milestone for Perth Museum

A major milestone in the development of Perth Museum took place this week as Culture Perth and Kinross were handed the keys to the building by the Council.

Have Your Say – Tactran Consultation Launched

A draft of the Tayside and Central Scotland Regional Transport Strategy (RTS) is launched, seeking to improve access for people and businesses and reduce the impact of how we travel on the climate.

New, Realigned A9 Opens Ahead of Schedule in Cross Tay Link Road Project

The new realigned A9 was successfully opened on the 3rd August, three weeks ahead of the original programme.

Applications open for the Community Investment Fund

Community groups in Perth and Kinross are being urged to apply for funding to help support vital work in their communities.

Aberfeldy’s ‘Thyme Deli’ named ‘Sustainable Retail Outlet of the Year’

Perthshire Delicatessen & Farmshop Thyme Deli has been named ‘Sustainable Retail Outlet of the Year’ by the Rarebreed Survival Trust Scotland.

Perth and Kinross Council signs £50 million deal to turn waste into energy

Perth & Kinross Council has awarded a significant 10-year contract worth £50 million to treat residual waste and turn it into energy.

Work on the new £36 million Blairgowrie Recreation Centre is underway

The new centre will replace the current building, which is 41-years-old and will give residents in East Perthshire access to state-of-the-art facilities.

Plans to upgrade electric vehicle charging network

A £1.465 million plan to supercharge electric vehicle charging in Perth and Kinross will be presented to councillors next week.

Business Leaders: Take 5 Praveen and Swarna Kumar, Swarna Spice Ltd

From their base in Perth Food and Drink Park, Praveen and Swarna Kumar have created a fantastic product that is enjoyed across the length and breadth of the UK.

The 6th Scottish Hospitality Awards 2023 Celebrate Excellence in the Hospitality Industry

Great recognition for the hospitality industry in Perth & Kinross as seven categories are won by Perth & Kinross based businesses at the Scottish Hospitality Awards 2023!

How Funding Unlocked our Community Spirit

The Lass O’Gowrie café and bakery was opened in May 2022 by independent operators, Alison and Robert Abercrombie – best known as Ali and Bob.

Scottish Minister for Energy Launches Tay Cities Region Clean Growth Platform

Gillian Martin MSP, Minister for Energy, launched a new online platform to accelerate clean growth across Tayside’s economy at the University of St Andrews.

Investment in Infrastructure Awards Event Tourism

A £2.4m investment in Perth city centre has enhanced the city’s event offering and secured a prestigious national award.

Charlie Fraser: What Perth Means to Me

Charlie Fraser of Aberdein Considine talks on why Perth is the ideal city for acheiving a work-life balance.

Willowgate: A Centre for Excellence in the UK

Since its inception in 2017, Willowgate Activity Centre has strived to become recognised as a Centre for Excellence within the outdoors industry.

Clean Growth for a Regenerative Local Economy

If ever there was a time when we need clarity of vision and purpose to repair the damage of the past few years, this is it.

Glen Lyon Coffee: Supporting a Global Community

A certified B Corp with a mission to put people and environment before profit, Glen Lyon Coffee is committed to making its impact on the planet a positive one.

Contract Signed for £28.7m Construction at James Hutton Institute

The James Hutton Institute and McLaughlin & Harvey have signed construction contracts worth £28.7m for ongoing construction at the James Hutton Institute.

Scone Palace and Perth Racecourse to Merge

Two of Perthshire’s most prestigious tourist attractions, Scone Palace and Perth Racecourse will merge in early 2023 to preserve horse racing in Perth.

Cross Tay Link Road Developments

Construction of the new multimillion-pound Cross Tay Link Road (CTLR) is now underway with a due completion date of early 2025.

Business Leaders: Take 5 – Conall Low and Jack Low, Wasted Degrees

Jack and Connall Low, owners of Wasted Degrees Brewing, discuss the expansion of their brewing business from humble beginnings.

Businesses asked to complete survey on Net Zero progress

Businesses in Perth and Kinross are being asked to take part in a new survey to gauge their progress towards Net Zero.

Powering Net Zero from Perth

Perth based electricity infrastructure company, SSE, has announced a £15bn investment in Scotland’s electricity infrastructure system.

Scottish Water Horizons Goes Solar in Perth

Scottish Water Horizons has completed work on a milestone
£2 million solar power scheme in Perth as part of a drive to reach net zero emissions by 2040.

Caroline Haxton : What Perth Means to Me

Caroline Haxton is the co-founder of Scotia Cabins, supplying businesses and residential clients with a wide range of quality BBQ cabins and garden studios.

PH20 is Given Green Light

Approval for a multimillion-pound sport and leisure centre in Perth promises to deliver economic, environmental and community benefits.

Kumar’s Curry Club Wins at Scottish EDGE Awards

One of Perth’s first Food and Drink Park businesses, Kumar’s Curry Club, has succeeded in securing £75,000 of funding at the recent Scottish EDGE Awards.

Going green needn’t cost businesses the Earth

Businesses could benefit from Perth & Kinross Council grants worth up to £25,000 to invest in green technology and develop new ways of working.

New short-term lets licensing system

From 1 October 2022, a new mandatory licensing system for short-term lets in Perth and Kinross will come into effect.

Property News Q3 2022

Keith Scobbie from Graham + Sibbald offers an update on the property market in Perth and the wider region, including current investment opportunities.

Make a Location Statement with an HQ in Perth

As the workforce of the world beds into the new rules of hybrid working, does your HQ real estate really need to remain in the largest city centres?

International Barley Hub Advances

Building work has begun on the £62m International Barley Hub and Advanced Plant Growth Centre at the James Hutton Institute.

Building Skills for the Talent Pool

The Young Person’s Guarantee, an employer recruitment incentive, is now well underway in Perth, placing young people into real jobs.

The Glenturret, Distilling Tradition and Luxury

Glenturret Distillery in Perthshire has gone from strength to strength with a recent investment of £31 million in the modernisation of the business.

Keira Proctor: The A. Proctor Group

Kiera Proctor, Managing Director of the A. Proctor Group sat down with Invest in Perth to discuss the history of the Blairgowrie based family business.

Capital budget backs £90M investment in new leisure centre for Perth

Perth and Kinross Council has
approved a £90M investment in a new leisure venue as part of the wider regeneration strategy for Perth and Kinross.

The Future of Tourism in Perthshire

Perthshire’s tourism industry has joined forces with VisitScotland, Perth and Kinross Council to produce a new tourism action plan which runs until 2025.

Leading The Charge on Smart Investing

Perth’s smart agenda is focused on delivering economic resilience and long-term growth through innovation and sustainability

Vicki Unite: Why Perth Works For Me

Chief Executive of Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, Vicki Unite, talks about recovery, resilience and why she chose Perth as home.

Making an Attractive Investment

The first of Perth’s £65 million city centre regeneration projects has launched, with further developments underway.

Perth West: A Catalyst for Change to Reach Net Zero

Perth West is a unique proposition to integrate low carbon innovation within a single urban development for the transition to net zero.

Green Recovery Capital Fund launches to support Perth and Kinross businesses

Businesses could benefit from Perth & Kinross Council grants worth up to £25,000 funding to invest in green technology and develop new ways of working.

Council teams up with Crowdfunder to launch £150,000 Business Fund

Perth & Kinross Council has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch the £150,000 Crowdfund Perth and Kinross Business Fund.

Advance work to begin for the Cross Tay Link Road

Stage 1 contractor, BAM Nuttall set to begin preparatory work Perth’s largest ever infrastructure project, the Cross Tay Link Road.

Works continues at Perth City Hall

The renovation of Perth’s City Hall into a major new museum has taken a significant step forward as the next phase of work begins.

Ambitious net zero strategy agreed by Perth and Kinross Council

An ambitious strategy for Perth and Kinross to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2045 has been unanimously agreed by Councillors on Wednesday 15th December.

Perth named UNESCO City of Craft and Folk Art

UNESCO has announced Perth is to join their Creative City network as a City of Crafts and Folk Art – the first in the UK.

Perth’s Move Forward From Cop26

Mike Robinson, CEO of RSGS and Chairperson of Perth City Leadership Forum with his
views on how Perth embraces the opportunities presented by COP26.

Zero Carbon Bus to make Perth stop ahead of COP26

Perth & Kinross Council are proud hosts of a stop on the Zero Carbon Tour, coming to Perth Concert Hall on Tuesday 26th October.

Plans submitted for £33.8million leisure-led development

A planning application for a new £33.8 million leisure-led development at West Kinfauns, Perthshire has been submitted to Perth and Kinross Council.

The Climate Change Emergency and Your Business

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society discusses the importance of tackling climate change.

Weddings, Weekends And Countryside Pursuits

Katriona and Lewis Cameron decided to transform their enchanting 2,000 acre Perthshire estate into an all-purpose wedding and events venue.

Neos Full Fibre Network

Spanning 19.5km, Perth’s new, end-to-end full fibre network, completed in August 2021 by Neos Network, one of the UK’s leading B2B connectivity providers.

Cross Tay Link Road contractor appointed for Stage One

Perth & Kinross Council have appointed BAM Nuttall Limited to deliver stage one of the Cross Tay Link Road Project.

Building work begins at James Hutton Institute’s £62M Development

The £62M development of a state-of-the-art International Barley Hub and Advanced Plant Growth Centre at James Hutton Institute is now at underway.

George Stubbs: Why Perth Works Well for Me

Established in Perth in 1991 by George Stubbs, GS Group is one of the United Kingdom’s largest insurance brokers with offices throughout Scotland.

£1.4 million investment Sees Perth City Centre Home To The Future of Eye Care

One of Perth’s longest-standing independent businesses, Salmoni’s Optician, has marked their 50th anniversary with the completion of an ambitious £1.4 million city centre investment.

Helen Stewart talks growing Badvo Gin in Rural Perthshire

Heritage and history are what brought 24-year-old entrepreneur Helen Stewart back to work in Highland Perthshire, now the home of Badvo Gin.

Business Leader: Murray Alexander of Algo Ltd

Murray Alexander is the Managing Director of Perth based Algo Ltd, one of Scotland’s longest-standing independent construction companies.

£32.5 million Investment in Bertha Park High School

After opening its doors to pupils for the first time in August 2019, Bertha Park High School has become a hallmark for state-of-the-art teaching facilities.

Gannochy Trust’s £10m Innovative Housing Expansion

The first tenants of the Gannochy Trust’s £10 million ‘affordable housing to rent’ development have took up residency in their new homes.

Air Service Training to Future-Proof Industry

Perth College UHI and Air Service Training (AST), continue to develop innovative Aeronautical and Aircraft Engineering courses.

ABP Food Group praises Perth as Prime Investment Location

ABP Food Group has invested over £10 million in its only Scottish site located in Perth since they took ownership in 1998.

Stagecoach creates 80 Contact Centre jobs in Perth

Stagecoach has announced plans to create 80 jobs at a new customer contact centre from its Head Office base in Perth, Scotland.

Miconex rolls out the Scotland Loves Local Gift Card

Perth based Miconex is set for major expansion across Scotland as part of a government backed Scotland Loves Local Gift Card.

Tay Cities Regional Business Barometer

Businesses across Tayside are being given the chance to help shape the local economic recovery by contributing to the Regional Business Barometer Survey.

Work underway on transformation of Perth City Hall

Work is underway on the £26.5 million regeneration of Perth City Hall, turning it into cultural and heritage attraction scheduled to open oi Spring 2024.

Plans for high quality and low carbon living in Perth

Perth & Kinross Council is preparing a Development Brief for the site of Perth’s Thimblerow car park to guide future planning applications.

Micro Enterprise Fund launches in Perth and Kinross

The Micro Enterprise Fund has been designed to support businesses that employ fewer than 10 people, whether they are just starting out or looking to grow.

Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust launches Community Heritage Grant Scheme

Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust (PKHT) launches new Community Heritage Grant Fund and are inviting applications from local groups.

Former Perth city centre church set for new lease of life

More than two centuries after it was built, a Perth city centre church is about to get a new lease of life as a unique outdoor performance space.

Eco film launches new cycling routes in Perthshire and Angus

The Cateran Ecomuseum is a museum without walls, and one of a growing number of ecomuseums worldwide, all its sites are outside.

Perth Creative Exchange – Regeneration Project of the Year

Perth Creative Exchange was named Regeneration Project of the Year at the Scottish Property Awards 2021 on Thursday 25 March.

Tay Cities Deal go-ahead for flagship innovation projects

The James Hutton Institute’s two flagship innovation projects, have been officially approved by the Tay Cities Deal joint committee.

Great Perthshire secures food funding boost

Great Perthshire secures funding from industry leadership body, Scotland Food & Drink to support the ongoing development of Scotland’s regional food groups.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2022

Applications for 2022 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise will open in May 2021 and close for entries in the first week of September 2021.

£33.8 million leisure development revealed for Perthshire

Perth based company Morris Leslie have revealed proposals for a £33.8 million leisure based development in West Kinfauns.

The Stone of Destiny is coming home

The Stone of Destiny is returning to Perth in Spring 2024 to form the centre piece of Perth’s new £26.5 million museum at City Hall.

Business Gateway Delivery | April to November 2020

The latest summary of Business Gateway services delivery (including digital boost) for Tayside for April – November 2020.

Covid-19 Business Barometer 2 : Take Part

Following the first Business Barometer that was issued in May, the Perth and Kinross Covid-19 Business Support Task Force would like to gather additional information re the effects of Covid-19 on your

Perth & kinross Quarterly Economic Journal

Perth and Kinross Council’s quarterly economic journal offers an insight on the how Covid-19 has impacted the local economy.

Over 3,000 firms receive Business Grant support

Perth & Kinross Council announces nearly £33 million has been paid out to local businesses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

Last call for Business Barometer Responses

Perth & Kinross Council has today praised the strong response of local business leaders and owners as almost 1000 completed surveys have been returned

Business Barometer Perth and Kinross : May 2020

We hope you can spare a few minutes to complete the attached short survey, re how Covid-19 has impacted on your business.

£20 million paid in business support grants

£20 million has been paid out to date in crisis grants to Perth and Kinross businesses during the current coronavirus lockdown.

Coronavirus Business Support

During these unprecedented times Perth & Kinross Council is here to offer assistance to businesses and can provide you with advice and funding.

Tay Cities Regional Tourism conference – Cancelled

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation it is with regret that the delivery organisations of the Tay Cities Regional Tourism Conference.

Official Opening and First Exhibition to Celebrate Perth’s New Creative Hub

Perth Creative Exchange, a £4.5 million creative hub which will help boost the local Perthshire arts economy, was officially opened at a launch ceremony on Wednesday February 26, by the

Tay Cities Business Month

Throughout February, a series of events and workshops designed for individuals and organisations looking to start up or grow a business, learn new skills, build networks, find inspiration or gain a

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