Newsletter - January 2017
Highlands & Islands Social Enterprise Zone - HISEZ

We've had an eventful start to the year so far. Last week part of our roof became loose in the stormy weather and was hanging dangerously from the side of our building in the centre of Inverness. Within a very short time we had two fire engines on our doorstep and all was brought under control by our fantastic fire service. We hope the rest of the year is calmer. Although we do have a new and exciting development which we will be ready to share with you soon - and it's not just a new roof!  

HISEZ Networking Lunch
Join us for our first get together of the year at our Castle Street office on Tuesday 31 January, with free Paella courtesy of our neighbours at La Tortilla.  Aimed at all sole traders in our area, come along and meet like minded individuals who work alone and would appreciate an opportunity to meet and share ideas. Book your place today.

Upcoming Events 
On Monday 20 February from 9am-4pm there is the #hellodigital EXTRA 2017 event at Eden Court, Inverness. This is a one-day digital marketing conference bringing expert knowledge from Inverness Campus to the main stage for a day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions and a lunchtime exhibition. 

Delegates are invited to find out how to make the most of the digital opportunities available to them and how to best position their company online. Keynote presentations have been designed to cover global topics but with a local relevance. Book here for your free place.

RBS are running a free event on Tuesday 21 February from 1-3pm at Inverness Caley Stadium on 'How to Become more Engaging in Business'. Simon Fraser, Business Growth Enabler at RBS based in Inverness is delighted to invite you along to the event in partnership with the Royal Bank of Scotland and Nicky Marr. Spaces are filling up fast so book your place today. 

Job Opportunity Moray   

Head of Business Operations
Full time & permanent (Part time applicants who can work 28hrs per week will be considered)
SALARY: £30,000 commensurate with experience

JOB DESCRIPTION: Wild things! Is a successful and ambitious social enterprise, which is currently expanding its reach nationwide and as a result seeking to fill a new full time and permanent, senior management role.

This post will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation with regards to business operations, finance, marketing and communications, administration, HR and personnel. The post will work alongside the Executive Director in driving forward the mission and vision of Wild things! as a leading organisation in the field of environmental education, conservation and health and wellbeing in the outdoors as determined by the Board of Directors.

For full details and an application form click here

Social Economy Growth Fund
This new fund from the Scottish Government will enable the third sector/social economy to improve and increase services and support for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. It will help organisations to increase their capacity to support disadvantaged people – for example by expanding existing services and employing additional staff. The Fund is to support organisations with a proven track record of working successfully with individuals and families who experience disadvantage, poverty and social exclusion.

The application form and guidance notes are now available to download. The closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 17 February. Apply via this link
Everything Baby Elgin Event 
Saturday 11 February 2017 
The Williamson Hall, Duff Avenue, Elgin
Supporting Community Parenting Groups. Come along to this free and interactive get together event for Mums, Dads and Babies. Free event, no booking required and tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. 
Email: or phone Anna on: 07397 540562 for further information.


Leading Growth 4-day Programme -
Cantraybridge College, Inverness-shire


HISEZ is the support and development agency for current and emerging social enterprises in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.  


HISEZ will support the networking and education of entrepreneurs, new and established, throughout the Highlands and Islands by offering a number of services. Interested? Our website has all the information. 

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