Local rural leaders join Iain at Holyrood

Two prominent local businesspeople have met with Iain Gray MSP at a Holyrood reception organised through a prestigious Scotland-wide rural leaders programme.

Helen Gray, from Smeaton Nursery Gardens and Tearoom at East Linton, and Graham Miller, of Prora Farm near Drem, visited the Scottish Parliament as part of their participation in this year’s Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership programme.

The annual leadership programme for rural business owners and managers offers participants 13 days of activities, including leadership coaching workshops, one-to-one business focus sessions, a business strategy workshop and team working on rural innovation projects.

The programme also includes visits to Holyrood, as well as to the UK and European Parliaments.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“Given the rural nature of the East Lothian constituency, the Scottish Enterprise rural leadership programme is particularly valuable for business owners and managers. I know that several local people have participated and benefited from the programme over the years.

“The programme is an intensive opportunity for rural leaders to develop their skills and explore ways of growing their business, as well as offering the chance to network with colleagues from across Scotland.

“Helen and Graham are already working in well-established and successful enterprises, but I hope that they have found the programme, including the visit to Parliament, helpful in developing their leadership skills and giving them new business ideas.”

Graham Miller from Prora Farm said:

“I would like to express my thanks to Iain Gray MSP for making time in his busy schedule to meet with us.  My participation in the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme has been a challenging and rewarding experience.  It has provided support and encouragement, and has helped to develop the skills needed to allow a rural business to grow and thrive.”