Caroline Millar  -  Effective collaboration between rural businesses

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society

I am the most northerly Scholar in this year's group, living at Auchterhouse, near Dundee. My husband Ross, son Finlay (7) and daughter Sophie (5) live on our 650 acre farm taking in arable, beef and sheep enterprises.  We have an on-farm diversification called The Hideaway Experience which offers luxurious escapes for couples. I enjoy interacting with a lot of different rural business owners not only through the farm and Hideaway business but also through a consultancy business I run providing strategy and business development support.

I have recently completed a Rural Leadership programme run by Scottish Enterprise and as a result I am now one of four director of a new organisation called Go Rural Ltd. Go Rural will work with diversified rural tourism and leisure businesses and industry partners to make it easy for City residents and visitors to experience Rural Scotland 90 minutes from the City boundary. I am delighted to be awarded a Nuffield Scholarship and look forward to looking at best practice in rural business collaboration from around the world.

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Study: What impact can diversified farm businesses make to farming families and rural communities and what additional benefit is achieved when these businesses effectively collaborate together.