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

We are very excited to be starting the year with more good news for HISEZ. We are in the process of becoming Scotland's first Impact Hub. Over the next few months we will work towards becoming a Hub and join an International network of over 80 which are part innovation labs, part business incubators, and part community centres. Very similar to the ethos of HISEZ, Impact Hubs provide a welcoming space for individuals and organisations to work, meet, share resources, create new ideas, find answers to old problems and to generally make their community a better place as a result. We first visited an Impact Hub on our trip to Japan nearly two years ago and instantly felt drawn to the model. We thought that this is what HISEZ strives to do and so why not join a global community and share and learn from each other. It can only improve the way we work and make us even more creative in our enterprise. We often have more in common with rural communities on the other side of the world than we do with our more urban neighbours. We want to inspire people to do better, connect people and to encourage creativity in enterprise. Take a look at the Impact Hub website to find out more. Meanwhile there are plenty of events coming up to tell you about. You will see the free Just Enterprise courses coming up in Inverness in the side-bar. Just click on the course name and it will take you straight to the booking form. 

What's the City-Region Deal all about? 
Come along to our next free networking lunch in Inverness on Tuesday 28 February which is all about the new Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal. We will be joined by John Robertson the City Deal Manager from the Highland Council. And we'll be providing pizza for lunch from one of the newest local eateries in the town - Buonissimo on the High Street. Join us from 12-2.30pm and share your thoughts on how to develop the themes of the City-Region Deal. Here's the booking link.  

Lairg Funding Fair & Networking Lunch 
HISEZ will be in Lairg for a networking lunch on Thursday 6 April as part of the Funding Fair organised by the local CVS North and VGES staff in Sutherland. This will be held at the Lairg Community Centre from 9.30am - 4pm. There will be a number of funders available on the day to talk to including the Lottery, Robertson Trust, Highland LEADER and the Scottish Land Fund. To book your free place at the event or for further information please email:

SCVO - The Gathering 
Another event aimed at the third sector and on next week is the SCVO Gathering. A market place of over 100 exhibitors and a great chance to network within the sector. There is a packed programme of events featuring workshops, seminars and training sessions. It takes place at the SECC over two days, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February. Find out more here

Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace 
This year's marketplace event takes place on Tuesday 21 March from 9.30-4.30 at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh. The one-day event includes over 80 exhibitors and a diverse mix of hundreds of delegates – with many opportunities for trading, learning and making new business connections. And the keynote speech is from the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP. Find out more and book your place today.

Social Investment Scotland Events
SIS have got a series of workshops coming up next month on the topic of 'Investment Readiness'. They will be in Inverness on Thursday 30 March. Book your free place at the ‘Early Days and Changing Ways’ event which is on from 10.00am – 3.30pm at An Lochran, UHI Campus, Inverness, and lunch will be provided. Or to find out more and view other SIS events follow this link


Equalities Groups: Understanding Social Enterprise - SHIMCA, 1 Ardconnel Terrace, Inverness


Introduction to Marketing Communications - Ness Horizons, Kintail House, Inverness


Costing & Pricing - Spectrum Centre, Margaret Street, Inverness


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 from January 2016. Interested? Our website has all the information. 

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