The first Rural Scotland Business Panel survey report is now available. Key findings include:

  • Rural businesses were generally confident in the economy and were optimistic about their future prospects.
  • Most businesses had experienced increased costs in the last 12 months and this was their top concern.
  • Supply chain issues were common.
  • Half of businesses were experiencing labour shortages.
  • Moving to net zero was seen as important but, in the short term, the top priorities for businesses were keeping pace with new technology and innovation.