HISEZ wins business support contract

HISEZ wins business support contract
Amy Liptrot, Social Enterprise Magazine

A three-year contract to develop and promote social enterprises in north Scotland has been won by the Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone Community Interest Company (HISEZ CIC).

Under the contract, which has been awarded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), HISEZ CIC will provide expert encouragement and advice to social enterprises with potential as well as bringing them together to share ideas.

Recently-appointed chief executive of HISEZ CIC Brian Weaver said: ‘I am sure there are many ideas and opportunities in communities throughout the Highlands and Islands that could benefit from some intervention and quality advice from HISEZ CIC.

‘I would encourage people to get in touch with us or check our website for further information about how to take these forward.’

HISEZ CIC will also undertake information gathering and distribution, maintain the credibility of the social enterprise sector, work in partnership with others in the social economy and influence and advise policy and decision makers.

Recent projects HISEZ CIC has supported include a renewable energy company in Skye, the Speyside Trust, which provides services to people with disabilities, and a care home in Invergordon.

Anne Macdonald, development manager at HIE, said: ‘The contribution social enterprises make to the lives of people in the Highlands and Islands is significant and research suggests this sector is as important to the area as tourism.

‘HISEZ CIC will help social enterprises and groups across the area breathe new life into some of our most disadvantaged areas, and establish a regional network of social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands.’

Anyone with an established or aspiring social enterprise, a business idea, or who wants to know more about social enterprise in the Highlands and Islands should visit www.hisez.co.uk or call 01463 715533.