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

New Year - New Layout

We hope you approve of our new look newsletter for 2016. You will hopefully still find the same informative stuff but it just looks a bit different. Change is as good as a rest apparently and we've had both this season and hope you have too. This month's edition includes information on some First Port workshops coming up in Inverness soon and a social investment source you may not have heard of before. 

Committee seek views on Social Enterprise
The Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee are seeking our views on the extent to which our businesses encourage a culture of innovation.

The Committee launched a new consultation at the end of last year to inform MSPs about social enterprise, including employee ownership, co-operatives and other innovative business models.
There are only 2 days left to respond as the deadline for written submissions is 20 January 2016. But if you have the time to do so please make your voices heard. Follow this link which will give you all the details you need to make a submission.

First Port - Social Enterprise Workshops 
Wednesday 16 March 1.30-3.30pm Inverness -
Intro - What is Social Enterprise - 
If you are wondering what exactly a "social enterprise" is, or you are thinking about starting one but are keen for more information, this workshop is for you.

Tuesday 10 May 10.30am-12.30pm Inverness -
Legal Structures -
If you are dedicated to doing good for others through social enterprise but aren't sure about incorporated structures, the Legal Structures workshop will help you.

Tuesday 10 May 1.30-3.30pm Inverness -
Planning & Delivery - 
If you have an idea for a social enterprise that you're keen to do something with but aren't sure where to start come along to this workshop. 

Business support, funding & resources to help you start a social enterprise in Scotland -

HIE Events 
From social media training and website development to preparing to export, Highlands and Islands Enterprise have a number of free courses coming up over the next couple of months in various locations which may be of interest to you. Follow this link to find out more.

Airdrie Savings Bank
If you are considering loan finance then this small independent bank may be able to help you. Based in the central belt, Airdrie Savings Bank has committed itself to lending from £3k to £3m to the social enterprise sector in Scotland. To find out more contact Niall Alexander the Business Development Manager at Airdrie Savings Bank - by phone: 07799 875864 or email:  

Funding information website
SCVO's Funding Scotland webpage is a useful resource and a good starting point if you are looking for project funding. It includes over 900 records of funds from the very small to the large sums.  

Community Energy Scotland Job
Local Energy Economies Programme Coordinator -
Fixed Term Appointment to March 2018.
The closing date for applications is 21 January 5pm.

Community Energy Scotland is seeking a coordinator to take on a new programme designed to drive forward the practical and policy measures necessary to allow communities to not only to generate renewable energy, but also to use it locally. The ideal candidate for this post will have a track record in community energy development and effective engagement in policy analysis and debates on local energy supply. Further details and an application form are available via the CES website


Upcoming Just Enterprise Events






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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