The Kinross-shire Partnership is a rural development company established in 1998 under the direction of the Scottish Government and funded by Perth & Kinross Council. Membership of the Partnership comprises a mix of local business people, PKC Ward councillors and community representatives. From time to time specialists are co-opted to assist with projects and initiatives.
The principal aims of the Partnership are to identify, promote and encourage opportunities for:-
The Partnership also provides support for community groups and organisations.
For a number of years now The Partnership has run very successful Business Breakfasts at Loch Leven's Larder encouraging local businesses to work together. These breakfasts take place on the first Wednesday of the month during the Spring, Autumn and Winter months. These have now been expanded to welcome all not just businesses. It is a great way to make new contacts.
A tourism forum operates as an independent sub-committee of the Kinross-shire Partnership with the chairman and secretary being directors of the Partnership board. Membership of the tourism forum is drawn from local tourism related business operators supported by RSPB, Historic Scotland, SNH, Visit Scotland, and Scottish Enterprise. With financial assistance from PKC, the Partnership has created a website 'Discover Loch Leven' www.visitlochleven.org which aims to help the forum attract additional and longer stay visitors to the many activities and attractions of the area. The Partnership also runs successful facebook and twitter pages, which promote local businesses and allow visitors to share their experiences of Loch Leven through comments, images and videos. See facebook.com/visitlochleven and twitter.com/visitlochleven.
There is a good news story to report with regard to ongoing regeneration in Kinross. A million pound scheme of road improvements, new street furniture and landscaping has transformed Kinross High Street. The County Buildings have been renovated into a vibrant Business Centre and Restaurant called The Courthouse and the Town Hall is in the process of undergoing a major refurbishment into new flats. The centre of the town now has new car parking in Mill Street and a vibrant programme of town events including an annual Festival and Farmers Markets. There are new housing developments at the former High School site and Lathro Farm. The new Community Campus houses Kinross High School and the new Primary School is due to open shortly. New businesses are opening in Kinross High Street including Unorthodox Roasters and Angelas Cake Shop and Tea Room. The Boathouse at The Pier is thriving and The Muirs has a new extended restaurant. There are still some empty shops so if you are looking for a business opportunity check out the High Street.
In partnership with the Kinross Community Council the Partnership administers a community web site: www.kinross.cc. This website has been extensively developed over many years to comprise a massive database of information relating to everything to see and do in the area. www.kinross.cc also provides classified advertising space.
The Loch Leven Heritage Trail has been a resounding success with locals and visitors alike. To enable access for all, the Partnership has established a free Trail Scooter scheme so that those with impaired mobility can fully explore and enjoy all the natural beauty the trail has to offer. Funding for this has been provided by PKC, The Kinross-shire Fund, The Arthur & Margaret Thompson Trust and Thomas Findlay Holdings Ltd.
Support for community groups and organisations
The Partnership established the 'Better Place to Live Fair' which has over the years attracted many locals to view and discuss exhibitions from numerous local charities and businesses. Following the establishment by PKC of a Learning and Development team (now located in the Community Campus), the Partnership passed on the funding, organisation and running of the event to the Community Capacity Building Team, the senior worker of which is co-opted to the Partnership board.