GLASGOW has been chosen as one of 15 UK locations for a new ‘walk and talk’ project to boost small businesses.

It is part of Small Business Britain's successful Netwalks scheme, in partnership with BT, which aims to tackle the isolation felt by many entrepreneurs who work alone.

A successful pilot found that 79% of those taking part said it had had a positive effect on their mental health, and 97% said they would recommend other business owners get involved.

A series of Netwalks, which involve a gentle walk around the city and coffee, cake and chat in a local cafe, will take place over the next nine months, run by Nick Smith of Square Pegs Coaching and Kelly Houston of Club Synergy.

Kelly said: “I wholeheartedly believe that walking has a huge impact on both physical and mental wellbeing. I'm delighted to play a small part in bringing these walks to Glasgow.

"[We] meet other small business owners to enjoy Glasgow's green spaces and of course sample post-walk coffee and cake at some of the incredible independent coffee shops we have in our city.”

To sign up for the walks, which start on May 26, visit the Small Business Britain website.