Connecting the rural economy

The Rural Enterprise Directory Scotland (REDS) will create a network of independent business owners and entrepreneurs from across rural Scotland, facilitated by a 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.

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



REDS is free for rural micro-enterprises.

Self employed, small business, social enterprise or similar organisation, with 1-9 FTE employees, and an annual turnover below £500k.

For larger rural organisations​

  • 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 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.


Benefits of joining REDS

Join REDS today:

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

  • Access to practical business support from GrowBiz and its delivery partners.

  • Attend regular GrowBiz learning and networking events. 

  • Sign up to the REDS Rural Scotland Gift Card scheme.

  • Contribute to increasing awareness of the role and importance of the rural economy.


Non-rural based micro-enterprises that operate in the rural economy can be listed on REDS. For more details please contact us.


Signing up 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.