International Help For Local Businesses
18th January 2009
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is launching an extended programme of international trade development events for 2009.
One of the aims of the programme will be to maximise the benefits to local businesses of the new direct flights between Inverness and Dusseldorf in Germany. The flights, which begin on June 20 2009 operated by Lufthansa, will not only provide an opportunity for tourism businesses to attract new visitors from Europe but also provide advantages for other businesses wishing to make or extend links with European markets.
The workshops begin on January 19 in Skye with 'Doing Business with Germany' and culminate on March 19 with 'Export Procedures and Documentation'. Other events planned include 'Introduction to Exporting', 'Identifying and Evaluating Overseas Markets' and 'Doing Business with North America'. The workshops are being delivered in Inverness, Nairn, Forres, Elgin, Skye, Outer Hebrides, Orkney & Shetland.
Rob Clarke, HIE's head of international development, said: "The current exchange rate is providing a boost to local businesses wishing to export their goods and these workshops are aimed at helping those who either wish to begin exporting or are interested in new markets."
HIE also provides advice to businesses wishing to internationalise through close links with Scottish Development International (SDI), UK Trade and Invest (UKTI) and Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI).
The latest Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Business Panel Survey published today (10 September) shows that 89% of companies across the region are offering benefits such as competitive levels of pay, training and skills development, flexible working and paying the living wage. Over a thousand businesses across the region took part in the latest survey conducted between 10 June and 8 July.
Plans to create a spaceport that will launch communications satellites into orbit from the Moine peninsula in Sutherland are set to be unveiled for discussion at public meetings over the next two months. Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which is backing the £17.3m project to design and build Space Hub Sutherland, has today (Wednesday 4 September) lodged a proposal of application notice with the Highland Council.
People with a business idea that will benefit their local community or environment will soon have access to a new programme of support, being launched across the Highlands and Islands. Known as the Social Start-Up School, the innovative programme will be delivering four locally focused initiatives.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise has sold the to the University of the Highlands and Islands in a deal worth £9.83m. Funded by a loan from Scottish Funding Council, the sale will consolidate and help further develop the university's School of Health, Social Care and Life Sciences.
The owners of land earmarked for the Space Hub Sutherland development on the Moine Peninsula have agreed a lease option with developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Representatives of Melness Crofters Estate (MCE) and HIE signed the agreement yesterday (Wednesday 31 July).
The second phase in a major upgrade of Scrabster Harbour in Caithness has secured up to £3m investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The funding will enable the redevelopment of the existing St.
Start-up businesses in the Outer Hebrides could receive a welcome injection of capital from a new joint initiative by Business Gateway Outer Hebrides and Highlands and Islands enterprise. The Outer Hebrides Young Entrepreneur Start-Up Scheme (OHYESS), will provide grants of up to £2,500 to support entrepreneurs age 18-40 to set up businesses in key sectors across the Outer Hebrides.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has welcomed an international technology-led services and payments specialist as the newest tenant to Thurso Business Park. The agency has developed the park to enable local firms to expand and to attract new companies into the area.
Residents of Britain's most remote inhabited island have stepped up efforts to move towards a cleaner energy system. The people of Foula off Shetland have signed up to the Clean Energy Transition Pledge, which commits them to producing a decarbonisation plan over the next 12 months.
The authors of far-reaching 2018 report on potential investment priorities at Cairngorm Mountain have reviewed and updated their findings. US-based consultants SE Group were commissioned last year by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), owner of Cairngorm estate.
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