Details of Useful sources of support for your community project - this page is gradually being developed - your ideas or experience will be invaluable here! Where should communities go to in order to tap in to really useful and practical support! Tell us on NHI@burach.org.uk
Highlands and Islands Enterprise, for information on funding, grants, business & project development - Based in Inverness but with offices in Wick, Portree. The Head office is in Inverness, at An Lochran Campus. HIE have Community Support Services and Business Development Services. Tel: 01463 245 245
University of the Highlands and Islands - Also based at An Lochran, UHI can offer a variety of training and learning courses, offer work placement students suitable for a range of business and community enterprise. They have a wide range of facilities on offer across the Highlands via 13 colleges and research centres, and over 70 local learning centres - many on, or adjacent to, the NC 500 route. At each of these sites are students and staff who are eager to interact with local businesses of all shapes and sizes in order to widen student access to working and learning opportunities, whilst supporting the development of local businesses and communities. There are many ways in which businesses can get involved, and the university are happy to discuss any new ideas you might have. They have a general contact form or call the executive office on 01463 279000 .
Business Gateway are a Scottish Government resource, and as well as 1:1 local advice, have an advanced business development programme as well as half day workshops. You can tap into their online resources, which include free market research and market reports. And if they don’t have the answer to a specific question, they can connect you with someone that will. They offer online services and information on business start-up or running a business. They have 12 offices in the Highlands and Islands area, and can be contacted by calling 0300 013 4753, or online.