Having worked in the fledgling salmon-farming industry at the time of my Fellowship in 1988, I moved into a career in air traffic control in 1991 and retired in 2019.
My Fellowship related to the integration of small businesses into rural communities, which sprung from the local salmon farming businesses that were appearing in northern Scotland at the time and changing the employment prospects for many who preferred to remain in these remote locations rather than seek work elsewhere. The purpose of my Fellowship was to ascertain whether any practices in rural Canada and the United States in relation to burgeoning aquaculture could be applied successfully back in Scotland.
As a result of my Fellowship, despite my career change, I have been able to note the impact of new businesses within the remote Scottish communities I am familiar with, and hopefully offer a useful contribution as a resident in such localities.
My Fellowship Report was hopefully of use to others wishing to develop small businesses in a sensitive manner within rural locations.
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