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Local Business

The Cairngorms benefits from a wide range of environmental and economic strengths as well as business opportunities. This makes the Park a unique place in which to live, work and invest.

Grantown High Street
Grantown High Street

The area has a unique rural economy which is reliant on a few successful industries such as tourism, agriculture and forestry. The enterprise landscape is dominated by small and micro businesses, 87% of whom employ 10 people or less. A vibrant, and sustainable business community is critical to the wellbeing of our Park landscape and our communities.  The business community and public partners work collaboratively to maintain a vibrant economy by supporting businesses with signposting to business advice, funding, and skills training and development that is relevant to the employment opportunities in the Park.

In recent years, there has been an increasing commitment by community development companies in the Park  to take on ownership and management of a range of income-generating community assets. This community enterprise helps create employment and enhance a sense of place for both residents and visitors to the Park.

Business and Enterprise Support from GrowBiz

The Cairngorm National Park Authority is working alongside GrowBiz to provide free support to micro-businesses, enterprises and the self-employed. GrowBiz can provide 1:1 support with one of our experienced Enterprise Facilitators; networking opportunities at our monthly Women’s Enterprise Network and Xchange events; and skills development through online learning sessions.

To arrange support for your business, email [email protected] or visit the website to view current online events.


Cairngorms Business Partnership

The Cairngorms Business Partnership (CBP) is there for your business. CBP are a Chamber of Commerce and a Destination Marketing Organisation, providing the support your business needs to thrive in the Cairngorms National Park.

The Cairngorms Business Partnership is a not for profit private sector led organisation that operates in the Cairngorms National Park. The Cairngorms National Park Authority supports the work of the CBP and encourages all businesses in the area to get involved. CBP has a range of member benefits for businesses and delivers three key areas of work:

  • Promotion, PR and Marketing of the Cairngorms National Park as a destination
  • Development of businesses and the wider destination
  • Advocacy representing local business interests and providing a voice for them
  • Management of the Cairngorms Economic Forum and monitoring of the delivery of the Cairngorms Economic Strategy

The CBP operate the official visitor website for the Cairngorms National Park at
All member businesses get a listing on the site and the visitcairngorms smart phone Apps.
For more information about the CBP, contact [email protected] or call 01479 810200

Economic Strategy for the Cairngorms National Park

The Cairngorms Economic Forum, led by the Cairngorms Business Partnership, was established in March 2013 to oversee the development and implementation of the Cairngorms Economic Strategy.

The purpose of the Strategy is to identify the priorities that are specifically relevant to this predominantly rural area and to ensure that partners are working together to address them.