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Rural development / Enterprise growth

Facilitating inclusive enterprise growth solutions for rural entrepreneurs

Tactic-Tacit led an in-depth research initiative investigating how small towns and rural communities develop and sustain effective and inclusive enterprise growth. Supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the study came as a direct response to the dramatic rise in self-employed, freelance and home-based workers in the region that went unrecognised and unsupported. 


Following the conclusion of this three-year ethnographic study, Tacit-Tacit founded Dunoon and Cowal Co-works. With this new, hyper-local peer-to-peer enterprise network, we aimed to address the spatial and gender-based inequalities undermining rural enterprise growth.


Now, Dunoon and Cowal Co-works is a thriving peer to peer network of 95 freelance and home-based entrepreneurs. The group hosts regular meet-ups and networking events that attract a diverse mix of startups, hospitality and tourism professionals, digital marketers, wellbeing specialists, heritage consultants, artists and craftspeople, as well as local service providers. This blend of dedicated businesses operating independently in the same rural context has quickly produced a productive locally-networked knowledgebase of considerable breadth and scope.