Growing Scotland’s Rural Economy

Scotland’s rural communities face a devastating future.

As the Scotsman reported in 2018 Scotland’s rural communities face losing up to a third of their working age population by 2046, losing more than a quarter of their population within the next thirty years, with Western Isles, Argyll and the Southern Uplands among the worst affected.

Unlocking the £2.5 billion digital potential of Scotland’s rural communities

Our Smart Village platform is intended as a solution to address and reverse this trend.

It offers a complete digital enablement program for Scotland’s rural communities, developed around the best practices identified by Scotland’s Rural College that would unlock £2.5 BILLION in new economic growth as a consequence of adopting rural digital innovations.

They recommend:

Digital portals

“1. Set up a single portal for information and local directories giving guidance and support that fulfills the digital needs of rural businesses.”

Digital Scotland has developed a highly scalable Cloud computing platform, for providing each and every town with their own digital portal, providing all the features and more that the SRC recommend, including:

  • Local business directory.
  • Events.
  • Classified Ads.
  • Collaborative Community Documents.
  • Knowledge centres for local services like Health, Safety and Travel.