Connecting individuals of the rural economy

Central to REDS is to create a network of independent business owners and entrepreneurs from across rural Scotland, facilitated in part by this comprehensive directory, something that hasn’t existed before. The aims of the directory are:

  • To be a central reference point enabling customers, suppliers, and visitors to find businesses by geography and sector.

  • To stimulate connection and collaboration between rural businesses that are spread far and wide across Scotland, supported by the monthly REDS networking events and learning sessions.

  • To provide a platform for government, agencies, and supporting organisations to engage with smaller enterprises more effectively.




(self employed, small business, social enterprise or similar organisation, with 1-9 FTE employees, annual turnover below £500k.):

  • Subscription: £10 per calendar month

  • No joining fee


For larger rural organisations

  • Subscription: £10 per calendar month.

  • Joining donation to REDS fund:

  • 10-20 FTE employees - £500

  • 21-50 FTE employees – £1000

  • 51-100 FTE employees - £3000

  • 101-250 FTE employees - £5000

  • Over 250 FTE employees - £10000


Donations to the REDS fund will be used solely to provide grant funding to support rural businesses. They are charitable donations so may contribute to your organisation’s CSR targets.

Why isn’t membership free?​

To help build the REDS fund, which will be used to provide support to those businesses and individuals unable to access Covid funding from other channels, membership fees contribute towards the fund. We have also undertaken a Crowdfunding campaign and are actively seeking other sources to help build the REDS fund faster.

Benefits of joining REDS


Joining the REDS community:

  • Puts your business on the map and will help customers find you.

  • Enables you to apply for a REDS grant to develop your business in collaboration with rural partners.

  • Gives you access to practical business support from GrowBiz and its delivery partners.

  • Allows you to attend two exclusive events each month; a REDS community networking event and a Learning Session.

  • Gives you the opportunity to join the REDS card programme, an innovative local currency scheme enabling REDS gift cards to be spent in your business, which also works as an additional promotional tool – at no additional cost to your business.

  • Contributes to this national resource, increasing awareness of the role and importance of the rural economy.


Non-rural based micro-enterprises that operate in the rural economy can to be listed on the Directory but are not eligible for all of the member benefits. For more details please contact us.

Joining is simple, just complete the application form, on the sign up page and a GrowBiz advisor will be in touch to help you complete your application. Or if you’d like further information about any aspect of REDS, please contact us.

Submission guidelines


We've put together some handy guidelines to help you with your submission. Click the button below to download them.


Head Office

Bank Of Scotland Building

Union Street, Coupar Angus

PH13 9AE

Tel: 01828 627790

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The REDS project is led by GrowBiz with support from the following organisations