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Advisory / Counseling Services News


North Firm Wins 8M Contract From HIE
NORTH-based consultants Development Partners Ltd has won an 8m contract from Highlands and Islands Enterprise to manage the supply of advice to organisations over the next three-and-a-half-years.   The use of supply partnering for advice provision was introduced in 2003 and its success has led to another round of tendering for the next three-and-a-half year period.  
Highlands And Islands Enterprise Seeks Help From Local Firms
Businesses and community organisations in the Highlands and Islands are being asked to help demonstrate that European Union funding has been properly invested.   The Highlands and Islands Enterprise network (HIE) is compiling evidence to show in detail the good use put to funding distributed under the EU's six-year Highlands and Islands Special Transitional Programme (HISTP).  
Graduate Your Business
Does your business have a project or development you never have time to undertake? Do you want to take advantage of up to date knowledge, enthusiasm and drive? If the answer is yes, the Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) Graduate Placement Programme could be just what you're looking for.   CASE is offering a limited number of places to businesses in the Caithness and Sutherland area.  
Caithness And Sutherland Enterprise Approvals - June 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
A9 Is Putting Brake On Development Say Firms
OVER 60 per cent of businesses surveyed in the Highlands and Central Belt want the A9 road to be fully dualled between Inverness and Perth, according to a report commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The survey was carried out as part of a broad ranging research programme by HIE to determine the future transport investment priorities for the region - identifying the options that will best support long-term economic development.  
CASE Approvals List - May 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Highlands And Islands Enterprise Chairman Hails Area's ProgressThumbnail for article : Highlands And Islands Enterprise Chairman Hails Area's Progress
A year of remarkable progress in the economy of the Highlands and Islands has significantly enhanced the area's potential to become one of the best regions in the world to live, work, study and visit.   That was the message from William Roe, chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) today as he announced the agency's performance against targets for the financial year 2005-06.  
Seeking Super Apprentices Across The Highlands And Islands
HIGHLANDS and Islands apprentices and the people behind their success are being sought by the organisers of the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Awards 2006.  Apprentices, training providers, colleges and employers throughout the region are invited to enter this year's awards in a number of categories.  
Renewables Businesses On show At UK's Biggest Energy Exhibition
A wide range of renewable energy technologies and businesses from the Highlands and Islands will be on show at All Energy in Aberdeen - the UK's biggest energy exhibition - on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th May.   Fourteen organisations will be exhibiting under the new HI-energy brand, which has been created to represent the extensive renewable energy resources, infrastructure and expertise that the Highlands and Islands has to offer.  
The Innovation Roadshow - Support For New Products & Processes
Venue: Environmental Research Institute - Thurso Date: Tuesday 30th May 2006 Time: 17.00 to 18.40 with buffet to follow Businesses and people with new ideas are warmly invited to a free event being run by UHI HI Links and Fusion in conjunction with the Scottish Executive and Highland and Islands Enterprise.   There are a wide range of schemes in place to support both SMEs and large companies in developing new products and processes.  
CASE Approvals List - April 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Take Cover! Fun Is Heading Your WayThumbnail for article : Take Cover! Fun Is Heading Your Way
A new business in Wick is set to have everyone running for cover.   For Paul Steven, whose family owns AMS Motorcycles in Wick, has started up a paintball business on a five-acre site at Bilbster Mains.  
Ten Top Tips For Social Firm Success
Ten top tips for social enterprise companies will be offered at a busy conference in Strathpeffer next month.   Entitled 'A Different Way of Doing Business', the event has been organised by a trail-blazing company set up to help communities establish socially beneficial businesses.  
Cultural Awareness In The Work Place
Employers in Caithness and Sutherland are to be given an opportunity to raise their awareness of employing and working with overseas nationals or those from culturally diverse backgrounds.   The 'Cultural Awareness in the Workplace' workshop has been developed by 'Improve', the skills council for the food and drink sector, and will provide practical advice and guidance on topics ranging from legislation to a wider understanding of the growing number of religions and cultures and is relevant to all sectors of the business community.  
Highlands and Islands Enterprise Seeks Partners To Deliver Advice
Suppliers with experience in providing a range of advice services are being invited to tender for work with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The HIE network currently has contracts in place with four suppliers - Development Partners Ltd; ROC Plus Ltd; Alasdair Bruce Associates Ltd, and Business Partners (Scotland) Ltd - to provide advice to local enterprise company clients across the Highlands and Islands.  
CASE Approvals - February 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Highland And Islands Enterprise Network Organisational Review
The Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) network is embarking on a programme of organisational change aimed at improving its service to customers and enhancing the agency's efficiency and effectiveness.   The changes have been expected since HIE launched its new strategy for the area, A Smart, Successful Highlands and Islands, in June last year.  
CASE Approvals - January 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Retail Counter Strategies
Retailers in Caithness and Sutherland are once again set to benefit from an innovative training programme aimed at helping them to make the most of their businesses and consider future development plans.   Following on from the success of the pilot, Strategic Thinking for Retail Businesses, programme course tutor Iain Fraser will deliver the comprehensive eight-day programme, divided into four two-day sessions, which covers everything from marketing to systems, personnel to stock control, market know-how to beating the competition.  
New Brand For Highlands And Islands Renewable Energy SectorThumbnail for article : New Brand For Highlands And Islands Renewable Energy Sector
A new brand to represent the renewable energy sector of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland was launched on Tuesday 21st Feb 2006 at an event organised by theHighland Renewable Energy Group (HiREG) in Inverness.   The HI-energy brand identity has been designed for all those involved with the renewable energy sector to use in order to raise and reinforce awareness of the region and its aspiration to be a leading centre of excellence.