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

This has been a busy month for HISEZ and as ever we've been all over the place. This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago when we were up north - we do work in a wildly beautiful country.

We've added two more dates to our networking lunch list. We're heading to Nairn next month and we're finishing off our networking events for the year in Inverness with an event which will focus on the new workplace pension changes. And we're looking forward to our first HISEZ Fusion Entrepreneurs networking lunch which takes place at the end of this month - Friday 28 October -  in our HISEZ Fusion Zone here in Inverness. Let us know if you'd like to come and join us in meeting new and already established, successful entrepreneurs and support agencies, in an informal relaxed environment.

There's still time to enter the UHI Create New Business Ideas Competition. See below for further information on how to apply, and what you could win. And there are a couple of interesting workshops we thought you might be interested in but the only downside is they're on the same day!  

HISEZ Networking Lunches
Helmsdale - Tuesday 25 October 12.30-3pm
Promoting your Social Enterprise - Timespan, Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale

Lochinver - Thursday 3 November 12.30-3pm
Intellectual Property Rights - Assynt Leisure, Culag New Pier, Lochinver

Nairn - Tuesday 15 November 12.30-2.30pm
Business Planning and Finance - Nairn Community & Arts Centre, King Street, Nairn.

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 their website. 

Business Gateway Cybercrime Workshop
Thursday 27 October 10.30am-12.30pm
An Lochran, Inverness IV2 5NA

Business Gateway has a range of courses available, all over the country, throughout the year, but this one caught our eye. It's all about tackling cybercrime and gives top tips for your online business security. The short course will help you focus on your current risks and how to guard against them. Book your place today.  

UHI Create Business Competition 2016
The Business Ideas Competition, organised by CREATE on behalf of Inverness College is still open for entries. 

It's open to everybody aged 16 or over living in the Highlands or Islands, Moray or Perthshire, or any student studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. It is very straightforward to enter, with only 4 questions to answer.

Completed entries must be received by close of business on 3 November 2016 to be eligible to win a share of the £8000 prize fund. Follow this link to enter your idea. 

Shortlisted candidates must be available on finals day, Thursday 24 November 2016, to come to Inverness College UHI to discuss their idea with a panel of expert judges and attend the prize giving event.

Employment Law Masterclass
Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC, Inverness IV1 1FF
Thursday 27 October 9.30am-12.30pm

This free Employment Law Masterclass is aimed at Business Owners/Directors or those at Executive level and is run by Avensure who support small to medium size businesses. A Law Specialist will be covering the updates in legislation that will affect employers, on topics such as:
·         Changes to minimum wage
·         Changes to employee grievance procedures
·         Sickness and absenteeism
·         Employee disciplinary procedures
·         Employee dismissal
·         Misconduct/gross misconduct offences
·         Social media policies at work

To book your place please email:

Creativity In Care AGM - Open Invitation
Tuesday 18 October at 6:30pm - Perrins Centre, Dalmore Road, Alness IV17 0UE. 

The Creativity in Care team would like to invite anyone with an interest in their work to go along to their AGM which takes place this evening at the Perrins Centre in Alness. There will be refreshments and an opportunity to see a couple of short films celebrating Creativity In Care's collaborations.

Recent financial challenges mean they have some interesting decisions to make about their next steps and they would welcome your thoughts and ideas. They are also keen to hear from people with expertise in finance, strategy and marketing, who could support Creativity In Care through the next phase of development. 

Email: or visit: or call: 07716 111585.

What would a Social Enterprise Economy look like?
If you've got a spare 5 minutes this interesting blog by Social Enterprise Europe Director, Geoff Cox, considers this question, and reminds us what a significant role we have to play in the wider world economy.


Pre-Start Leadership 1-day Programme -
Caol Community Centre, Fort-William


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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