Newsletter - November 2016
Highlands & Islands Social Enterprise Zone - HISEZ

Its official, HISEZ is now an accredited Living Wage Employer.

We hope to lead the way in promoting the living wage and encourage even more social enterprises to join the movement. It fits perfectly with the ethos of social enterprise but we know many private businesses don't adhere to it. We believe in creating a better, fairer economy for everyone and promoting the living wage and encouraging other companies, big or small, to sign up to it, is one small step we can take. 

HISEZ Networking Lunches
Our last event of the year will focus on a subject which is very topical, the changes to workplace pension duties. It is also a great opportunity to get together to network and chat over a mince pie and a good cup of coffee.
Inverness - Thursday 1 December 12.30-2.30pm 
Workplace Pensions Duties 2016 - HISEZ Office, 67a Castle Street, Inverness

Our networking lunches are brought to you in association with Just Enterprise, the Scottish Government programme of support for social enterprises. Find out everything you need to know about the programme on the Just Enterprise website. 

Common Market now open for business
Scotland's newest online market place for Scottish produce opened for business this week. The online market place is an offshoot of the Common Weal think tank and aims to provide an alternative to the big businesses and high street stores that dominate UK retail.

Common Weal will use its established networks to promote the new trading arm, with all items listed on it either produced, designed or upcycled in Scotland. Other than a small amount to maintain the service (10% of sales), all the profit goes to the producer, not to a multinational.

If you have products to sell on the Common Market site please email:‚Äč And to see what's on offer visit -

Inclusion Scotland
Inclusion Scotland, the national disabled people's organisation, now has a Highland presence. John Beaton is based in Dingwall and is the Policy and Engagement Officer for the Scotland wide organisation which is run by disabled people for disabled people. 

One of the organisation's main aims is to identify and remove the barriers to taking part in local decision making for disabled people. Participation by disabled people in new developments and in local decision-making is vital to creating inclusive communities.

Inclusion Scotland Highland want to promote a culture where disabled people are involved at all levels from consultation to leadership. To find out more phone John on: 07442 278287 or email:

Sign up to become a member and demonstrate your support for the organisation and you will receive the regular email bulletin. The bulletin contains the latest news relating to disability and human rights, notification of events which may be of interest, and opportunities for jobs and internships. 

Social Enterprise Academy Courses
Crucial Conversations – Uist, 26 January and Elgin, 1 February
Social Enterprise Connect – Alness, February 16 & 17
Understanding Social Enterprise for Trading Subsidiaries - Strathpeffer, February 21 & 22

All programmes are either fully funded or heavily subsidised. For more details and to reserve your place, here's the web-link.

Social Enterprise Scotland Survey
Social Enterprise Scotland want to hear your views! If you have never been a member, then your thoughts on the role of the organisation, what you would like to see from them, and what would motivate you to become a member, would be greatly appreciated. 
Please complete this short survey by today (18 November).
Everyone completing the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win FREE delegate places to the forthcoming Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace event on Tuesday 21 March 2017


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

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