Category: News & Features

Keep up to date with current investment opportunities, news from Perth’s business community and browse interviews with your fellow industry peers based here in Perth and the wider region. You can also flick through previous editions of the Invest In Perth magazine, or order hard copies from the team.

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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.

Provender Brown’s Funding Success Story

Diane Brown, owner of Perth city centre based Provender Brown. talks about adapting her business to the pandemic by introducing a variety of new services.

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.

Binn Eco Park, The Circular Generation

The Binn Group has been quietly building on the solid foundation of their decades-old waste management business, to become a leading company in the field of decarbonisation.

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 business and the subsequent changes you have made. We will  use the information gathered to inform our local Economic Recovery Plan and to help re-shape our

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.

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.

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 competitive edge will be taking place across Tayside as part of the Tay Cities Business Month. The events will be covering topics such as: E-Commerce; Book-keeping;

Binn Eco Park Partnership

PKC and the Binn Group, the driving force behind Binn Eco Park, are set to strengthen their joint engagement with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

The Bathroom Company celebrates quarter-century of customer satisfaction

Perth-based The Bathroom Company celebrates an impressive 25 years in business this year. The company forms part of The Haddow Group.

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