‘Transform your innovative ideas into commercial success’ is a half day workshop with networking, case studies, and techniques for progressing your ideas, along with an overview of follow-on support.

  • Date: Thursday 30th May 2024
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Location: HIE Office, Thurso
  • Cost: Free
  • Register VIA Eventbrite

Are you an entrepreneurial business looking to develop your innovative ideas in food and drink, agriculture, aquaculture, or animal health? Join our half day workshop to learn how to develop your ideas into commercially successful products.

SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) and HIE (Highlands and Islands Enterprise) are hosting a series of roadshow events in Inverness, Thurso, and Orkney on 29-31 May.

These workshops will provide networking opportunities, case studies, and techniques for progressing your ideas, along with an overview of follow-on support.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the source of entrepreneurial ideas, and some of the key steps to successful commercialisation. Activities include networking, exercises to generate, prioritise, and develop your ideas, and signposting to further business support available from both HIE and SRUC.

A light lunch will be provided (preceding or immediately following each event).

We often use photography and/or video footage at our events to promote Highlands and Islands Enterprise. If you don’t want your photo to be taken or to be filmed, please let the event organiser know in advance. You’ll find HIE’s full privacy statement online https://www.hie.co.uk/legal/privacypolicy/

Book your place VIA Eventbrite here

Here are SHFCA’s forthcoming hydrogen events and webinars in May and June, 2024.

Mon 13 & Tues 14 May. World Hydrogen 2024 Exhibition in Rotterdam

The World Hydrogen 2024 Exhibition is free to attend and features over 500 exhibiting companies. The Exhibition is the ideal place to catch up on industry products and developments across the global hydrogen value chain. The Exhibition features two H2 Tech Series stages and has networking areas, product launches and more! There is also the Hydrogen Summit Conference running from 13-15 May but this is ticketed and not cheap.

Register here


Weds 15 & Thurs 16 May. All-Energy 2024 Exhibition and Conference at SEC Glasgow

All-Energy is the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon exhibition and conference and is expecting over 10,000 delegates over both days. Visit SHFCA at stand Q24 next to the Hydrogen & Energy Storage Showfloor Theatre in the Hydrogen Zone. Make the most of the extensive networking opportunities, including the Giant Networking event on Weds evening. All-Energy 2024 Engineering a Net Zero Future is free to attend which includes the major exhibition with over 200 stands, eight Showfloor Theatres, and the multi-streamed conference with over 50 sessions including three hydrogen themed sessions in the extensive conference programme on both days. Further details will be circulated as a SHFCA update and in the meantime register for your free ticket.

Register here


Mon 20 May 13:00-14:00 BST. SHFCA COMAH Awareness for Hydrogen webinar

This webinar for SHFCA members and guests on Monday 20th May is about Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Awareness for Hydrogen. Kris Ellenthorpe of Process Safety Consulting Ltd will look at some of the challenges involved from the perspective of COMAH compliance and gaining planning consents. Kris will draw on examples from experience with projects performed by Process Safety Consulting Ltd and from previous roles including operational experience on a hydrogen manufacturing plant. Please register before noon on Monday 20th May.

Register here


Thurs 23 May 09:00-17:30 BST. HEA Acting on Ambition annual conference London

The Hydrogen Energy Association’s Annual Conference on 23rd May in Westminster, London will explore opportunities and practical developments on the ground as well as trends and success factors. The theme this year is Acting on Ambition, focussing on accelerating the deployment of hydrogen solutions and driving change to position the UK at the forefront of hydrogen globally, as well as delivering energy resilience and net zero through hydrogen. This event will play an important role in convening the UK hydrogen industry, helping delegates seize new opportunities, and driving the sector’s growth.

Register here


Tues 28 & Weds 29 May. HIE/SHFCA Highlands & Islands Hydrogen Workshop in Elgin

Our Highlands & Islands Hydrogen Workshop is on Tuesday 28th afternoon & Wednesday 29th May morning at Moray College in Elgin. This free to attend event is being organised by Highlands & Islands Enterprise and SHFCA and is aimed at those already working with hydrogen, together with businesses and organisations who are exploring opportunities to become involved with the hydrogen economy in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Tuesday afternoon will provide an update on hydrogen deployments and supply chain across the Highlands & Islands of Scotland, with an update on training resources and support available for workforce development. The Wednesday morning session will highlight innovative hydrogen projects in the Highlands & Islands including hydrogen for distilleries and freight logistics, and refuelling infrastructure. The session will conclude with an introduction to planning and environmental considerations followed by networking lunch.

Pre-register here 


Weds 29 May 09:00-17:00 CET. Green Hydrogen Innovation Congress in Dresden and online

The second “Green Hydrogen Innovation Congress” (GHIC 2024) will take place in Dresden, capital of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. The Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport (SMWA) is hosting this hybrid networking event and welcomes guest regions for hydrogen cooperation in Saxony at GHIC 2024. Participation is free of charge and open to the general professional public, companies and political decision-makers from Germany and abroad. The hybrid event and the parallel Green Hydrogen Innovation Market will create space for networking and cooperation between regional innovation drivers in a dynamic global environment. Note: the GHIC event language is English.

Register here


Weds 5 June 00:00-23:59 CET. Mission Hydrogen Online Workshop

Join this free to attend 24-hour webinar marathon from 23:00 BST on Tuesday 4 June to 23:00 BST on Wednesday 5 June to hear an unparalleled lineup of hydrogen leaders have come to share their knowledge. They will present actionable insights, best practices from high-class companies, and innovative ideas from the hydrogen industry.  Speakers from around the world include Mirela Atanasiu, Executive Director of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership (Europe), Ohira Eiji, Director of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO, Japan), and Dr Laurent Antoni, Executive Director of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE).

Register here


Tues 11 & Weds 12 June. Energy Exports Conference at P&J Live in Aberdeen

The free to attend Energy Exports Conference (EEC) returns to P&J Live in Aberdeen on Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th June. Over the course of the two-days this event will explore export opportunities for the supply chain across multiple sectors including hydrogen, wind, and CCUS. The main hydrogen session on Hydrogen Horizons: Powering our Future takes place late Tuesday afternoon and will delve into the latest breakthroughs, game-changing projects, and strategic initiatives that are propelling hydrogen to the forefront of the energy transition. The Evening Networking Reception follows this hydrogen session on Day 1 and all speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates are invited the Networking and Exhibition Zone from 17:30 – 19:00 for this evening networking reception.

Register here  


Tues 11 – Thurs 13 June. EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference & Energy Fair

The EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference is the biggest conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. The Policy Conference takes place on 11-13 June in a hybrid format online and in Brussels at the European Commission’s Charlemagne building and the Martin’s Brussels EU Hotel. Delegates are encouraged to attend in person to benefit fully from the networking possibilities and presentations of companies and organisations at the Energy Fair.

Register here


Mon 17 & Tues 18 June. Clean Hydrogen Partnership Hydrogen Valleys’ Days in Brussels

The Clean Hydrogen Partnership and the European Commission are holding the Hydrogen Valleys’ Days event on 17-18 June 2024 in Brussels. This builds on the successful work of the Clean Hydrogen JU and involves the collaboration with the regions and cities including project development assistance and funding of already 15 hydrogen valleys across Europe. This groundwork sets the stage for the launch of an EU roadmap for Hydrogen Valleys and related facility. The agenda will include discussions with policy makers including local authorities as well as project developers, investors and industry suppliers looking at shaping up such local hydrogen ecosystems.

Save the Date: further details here


Weds 19 Jun 08:30-15:30. Hazardex in the Regions: Dundee at MSIP Dundee

The Hazardex in the Regions: Dundee safety conference and exhibition is free to attend and takes place at the Michelin Scotland Innovation Park (MSIP) in Dundee on Wednesday 19th June 2024. The conference programme includes high-profile speakers presenting essential guidance and insight of local & national relevance, alongside the exhibition with leading high hazard industry companies showcasing their latest products and services. We will be attending, visit us on the Hydrogen Scotland stand.

Register here


Tues 25 June 09:00-15:00. NOF Scotland Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition at Inchyra Hotel, Falkirk

The NOF Scotland Supply Chain Conference is a one-day networking conference & exhibition. This is an opportunity to find out about energy industry projects, developments and plans, and to network with the Scottish and wider energy supply chains in the following sectors: offshore wind, hydrogen, oil, gas, CCS and hydro power.

Register here

Join Royal Bank of Scotland for an economic briefing setting out the key issues and trends for the economy and the impact on businesses as they respond to the economic landscape, both at home and abroad.

The speaker, Stephen Blackman is a principal economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland and head of strategic research. Stephen joined the bank in 2007 after jumping ship from the Government Economic Service. His interests span economics, history and social and political issues. With over 20 years advising senior decision makers, he is an experienced public speaker. Stephen will share the key issues and trends for the economy just now and how this is impacting on businesses.

Join Kerry Mullen, Business Development Manager at Hynamics, EDF’s low-carbon hydrogen business for an introduction to the business and share project development challenges and success. Kerry has been in the energy industry for more than 14 years working across EDF Group supporting commercial operations, B2B sales with strong focus on business development and stakeholder management.

In this webinar, Kerry will look at some of the challenges involved in the development of low-carbon hydrogen production through electrolysis and securing the demand for hydrogen drawing on examples from her experience and the Hynamics portfolio, as well as hydrogen use and hydrogen readiness and what being part of a Government grant or subsidy bid looks like for an off-taker as well as the challenges of land acquisition, achieving planning permission and securing a low-carbon energy supply. The webinar will be beneficial to anyone looking to be involved in low-carbon hydrogen including developers and prospective developers, local councils and prospective off-takers who wish to better understand the timescales involved in transition to hydrogen as a source of low-carbon, renewable energy.

Please register your place before noon on Wednesday 20th March and you will be sent the Teams link. 

Register VIA Eventbrite here

  • Tuesday 28th March
  • 9:15 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Venue: Mackays Hotel, Wick

Venture North are looking forward to hosting their fully booked annual Tourism Gathering for Caithness and Sutherland which this year will be held on Thursday 28th March at Mackays Hotel in Wick.

Under the theme of Destination Opportunities there will be speakers, networking and workshops throughout the day all focused on the rich opportunities in the far north of Scotland.

For more information on the event contact info@venture-north.co.uk

Business Development and Membership with Caithness Chamber of Commerce

Fiona Levack, Business Development Manager at Caithness Chamber of Commerce will join us for this session to share an overview on the business development and support that is offered by the Chamber, as well as the benefits of our membership for businesses.

At the Chamber, we offer a multitude of support on a range of different areas, such as sustainability, start-up business support, and policy guidance. So if you are a local business in any sector looking to see what support is available for you, this webinar will be full of relevant and helpful information.

Register VIA Eventbrite here

  • Wednesday 21st August 2024
  • Venue: Ulbster Arms Hotel, Halkirk
  • Time: 10:00 – 12:00
  • Chamber members only – Register VIA Eventbrite

Connect, Grow & Thrive!

Join us for Chamber networking event in the Ulbster Arms Hotel! It’s your chance to cultivate valuable professional connections in Caithness and Sutherland. Relax and reconnect with fellow businesses in a laid-back setting and discover new opportunities to grow.

  • Establish meaningful connections
  • Foster business growth
  • Network with professionals across diverse sectors

This event is complimentary for Chamber Members, inclusive of all members of your staff team, anyone from your business is welcome to attend.

Register VIA Eventbrite here

  • Wednesday 6th March, 2024
  • Venue: Royal Thurso Hotel
  • Time: 10:00 – 12:00
  • Chamber members only – Register VIA Eventbrite

Connect, Grow & Thrive!

Don’t miss our first in-person networking event of 2024! It’s your chance to cultivate valuable professional connections in Caithness and Sutherland. Relax and reconnect with fellow businesses in a laid-back setting and discover new opportunities to grow.

  • Establish meaningful connections
  • Foster business growth
  • Network with professionals across diverse sectors

Our first event will take place in the Lounge restaurant, in the newly renovated Thurso Royal Hotel. This event is complimentary for Chamber Members, inclusive of all members of your staff team, anyone from your business is welcome to attend.

Register VIA Eventbrite here

  • Friday 24th May, 2024
  • Venue: Shebeen, Wick
  • Time: 1200-1400
  • Price: £23 per person
  • Chamber members only – Register VIA Eventbrite

Join us to network, elevate your business’s profile, and explore Caithness’s newest supper club venue. Learn about the exciting future plans for this venture while mingling with fellow members.
To maximize networking opportunities, everyone will switch tables twice during the event.

Your booking includes seasonal two-course lunch, crafted with locally sourced ingredients by Chef Buchanan, accompanied by tea and coffee. We look forward to seeing you there!

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