Ten Highland business development clinics – meet the experts

Business Gateway is running a series of ten business advice clinics across the Highlands between July and November. Three Business Gateway advisers will be on hand at each location to advise local businesses on accessing finance, winning public contracts, and recruiting staff.

Local small to medium sized enterprises can book one-hour meetings with these advisers throughout the designated days to get advice and practical guidance tailored to their business. Each of the advisers specialises in one of three topics. Attendees can book appointments with one, two, or all three of the advisers.

Whilst this Business Growth Programme is currently only available for Highland businesses, Business Gateway is planning to do more events on these topics in Moray in the near future. The Business Gateway Moray service can also offer one-to-one support and advice on these topics through their Area Business Managers and specialist Recruitment Adviser.

The remaining Highland dates and locations are:

  • 5th August – Isle of Skye
  • 26th August - Brora
  • 2nd September – Thurso
  • 3rd September – Lochinver
  • 9th September - Dingwall
  • 25th September – Inverness
  • 7th October – Nairn
  • 18th November - Aviemore

Robin Jackson, Adviser – Business Growth Programme, specialises in access to finance support. He said: “These one-hour clinics will allow me to work with a client – to begin helping them identify what finance they need, and look into the funding best suited to their business and plans. I can also offer tips on ways to source and pitch for investment.”

April Conroy, Adviser – Business Growth Programme, specialises in helping businesses looking to tender for public contracts. She said: “The public sector in Scotland alone procures over nine billion pounds of goods and services from commercial businesses every year. My role, in conjunction with our Enterprise Europe Network team, is to help local businesses improve their access to, and chances of winning, these contracts.

“During the one-hour clinics, I will be helping businesses make sure they are ‘tender ready’ before applying for contracts, providing practical tips to improve businesses’ tender scores, and helping clients understand the tender process.“

Pamela Looper, is one of four specialist Business Gateway Recruitment Advisers. She said: “Taking on staff can be daunting, but during these one-hour clinics, we will be able to advise new employers on how to make sure they have all the right pieces in place – such as paper work, legal requirements and funding. We can also work with attendees to help them identify the best role and right candidate for their business.”

To find out how Business Gateway Highland can support your business or to book a place please call 01463 713889 or pop into the local office.

To find out how Business Gateway Moray can support your idea or business call 01343 563634 or pop into the local office.

Outwith this area? Find your local Business Gateway office and speak to them for support and advice.

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