NEW BUSINESSES GET A
People in the far north who are thinking about starting their own business are being given the opportunity to get their venture off to a good start by signing up for a series of courses organised by Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) under the Network-wide HIE Starts scheme.
HIE Starts in an initiative which helps new businesses overcome some of their initial financial problems by providing regular grants for the first 12 months of trading. To compliment this financial aid, CASE is running a variety of courses covering essential topics such as business planning and book keeping. The courses begin next month and continue to February 2002.
Any person resident in Caithness and Sutherland can be considered under the HIE Starts scheme whether they are in employment, self-employed or unemployed. Qualifying businesses can be started on a full-time, part-time or seasonal basis.
The courses available over the next five months for those contemplating becoming their own boss are:
- Introduction to Business - a one-day course on self employment. Is it for you and how do you go about it?
- Business Planning Course - a three-day course covering all aspects of business planning from the business idea to marketing or financial planning.
- Marketing - a one-day course studying the principles of marketing from market research to promotion.
- Pricing for Profit - a one-day course on how to set prices and how to present them.
- Financial Record Keeping - a one-day course aimed at providing participants with basic book keeping skills.
CASE has already helped several new businesses to get off the ground using the HIE Starts scheme. Danny and Janice Chretien received assistance to fulfil a long held ambition to run and own a French restaurant. 'Bord de Leau' has been open in Wick since April and already employs four part-time staff. In Helmsdale, Andrew Fairley has established a garden centre where he produces a range of shrubs and plants for sale to the public and local shops.
Commenting on the scheme, CASE business counsellor Ian Thomson said: "We are trying to target people who want to start their own business but are not sure how to go about it. The courses available are designed to help potential new business people discover whether self-employment is for them and if so, provide them with the basic skills required to get a new business off the ground.
"The financial assistance available under the HIE Starts scheme is of tremendous value for the first year of trading but support from CASE business counsellors and access to the type of courses on offer will give new businesses the best possible start."
For more information on HIE Starts contact Ian Thomson at CASE's Thurso office on tel: 01847 805229 or George Munro in the Golspie office on tel: 01408 633872.
For more information contact:
Angus D. Mackay,
Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise,
CAITHNESS DATES & VENUES
9 January 2002 Introduction to Business MacKay’s Hotel, Wick
6 February 2002 Business Planning Course - Part 1 Weigh Inn Hotel, Thurso
7 February 2002 Business
Planning Course - Part 2 Weigh Inn Hotel, Thurso
The following courses are all to be held at North Highland College, Wick
3 October 2001 Introduction to Business
24 October 2001 Business Planning Course - Part 1
7 November 2001 Business
Planning Course - Part 2
21 November 2001 Business Planning Course - Part 3
7 December 2001
Financial Record Keeping
6 November 2001 Marketing Your Business
12 November 2001 Introduction to Business
14 January 2002 Business Planning Course - Part 1
28 January 2002 Business Planning Course - Part 2
12 February 2002 Business Planning Course - Part 3
Sutherland Arms Hotel,
23 October 2001 Financial Record Keeping
1 November 2001 Business Planning Course - Part 1
2 November 2001 Business Planning Course - Part 2
22 November 2001 Business Planning Course - Part 3
6 December 2001 Pricing