A special trust fund set up to benefit young entrenpreneurs in the Borders and North Northumberland is now open for business.
The fund, launched to mark the 200th anniversary of the Border Union Agricultural Society (BUAS) in 2013, has been set up to grant bursaries to young entrepreneurs in the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland.
Bursaries from the fund will be granted to young people to help them develop skills that will benefit the area.
The scheme will apply to chefs, dykers, managers, foresters, those involved in the environment, conservation, rural tourism, horticulture, equestrianism, rural crafts, country sports and all the different professions that contribute to the landscape and rural economy of the Scottish Borders.
“Support will be given to young people who are motivated to look into the wider world to develop skills that will allow them to seize opportunities presented by the rural economy of the Borders and North Northumberland,” said Lord Joicey, vice president of the (BUAS).
“These young people will be able to enhance either their vocational skills or their wider management capacity and demonstrate real entrepreneurship to the benefit of this area.
“The wide spectrum of activity within our rural economy means that the list of possible avenues is endless.
“There are many options for both professional and vocational development, ranging from managerial and vocational skills, rural leadership and opportunities overseas.”
Jonny McCririck, current chairman of BUAS, added: “Thanks to the generosity of estates, farmers and other businesses across the Borders, the Bursary Fund is very healthy and is designed to run for many years. It will provide a wide scale of financial support, from modest schemes to the more ambitious, and it reflects one of the Society’s main objectives: that of encouraging improvement.”
An awards panel has been set up and will meet in July, November and March of each year to study and assess applications.
Bursaries will be awarded to those aged at least 22, live in the area covered by BUAS (the Tweed basin) and who are in employment.
Only in exceptional circumstances will applications be considered from students currently in full-time or part-time education.
Further details, terms and conditions are available from BUAS’s office at Springwood Park, Kelso, TD5 8LS or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.