Most businesses need to grow in order to survive - but growth needs to be planned carefully. There are three main bodies you should speak to for advice and support.
Firstly, Highlands & Islands Enterprise is the lead economic development agency in the area. It works closely with ambitious businesses and social enterprises which have the potential to grow or who are looking to relocate.
The business of Highland Opportunity (HOL) is that of an Enterprise Trust for the Highlands – a body whose purpose is to stimulate economic activity, promote the start up and growth of business ventures including social enterprises, to help create new jobs, improve access to employment and foster business activity and trade.
HOL has three business streams; financial investments; business advice and training and practical business support. Highland Opportunity can provide various support and can assign a specialist advisor to assist businesses with their growth plans.
Caithness Chamber of Commerce is the lead ‘voice’ of business in the area. It arranges a number of events throughout the year to facilitate this vital interaction between businesses. It offers tangible assets in the form of dedicated full-time staff, a range of member benefits and the support of a national and international brand which has the ear of government. It also offers intangible assets in the form of networking events, promotional activities and member to member discounts. It also has a number of projects which are assisting local businesses.