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Challenges rural businesses are facing

Rural business owners from Dumfries and Galloway have been meeting Scotland's Education Secretary to discuss the challenges of operating in remote areas.

The event also highlighted the potential benefits to business of teaming up with universities. Research released today shows that 42% of small and medium sized enterprises have collaborated with a university.

Almost a third of companies said it gave them access to expertise which would not normally be available. 14% said it helped them to reduce development costs.

Katie Hunter reports:

What challenges are rural businesses facing?

From across Dumfries and Galloway meeting Scotland's Education Secretary Mike Russell at the Annandale Distillery. Credit: ITV Border News

Business leaders from across Dumfries and Galloway have been meeting Scotland's Education Secretary Mike Russell.

Slow Internet and the bureaucracy of getting government grants were two of the problems raised by local businesses.

The event also explored the benefits of linking up with universities to solve problems.

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