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Highland Council business support package offers up to £40,000 for growing north businesses

By Calum MacLeod

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Cllr Trish Robertson..Picture: Gary Anthony. Image No.043019.
Cllr Trish Robertson..Picture: Gary Anthony. Image No.043019.

Growing Highland businesses could secure up to £40,000 of support to help them step up to the next level.

Part of Highland Council’s economic recovery programme, the support package is aimed at helping existing businesses grow faster, whilst stimulating the Highland economy through profitability and employment.

The Council’s Business Gateway service will be the first point of contact to apply for the funding. The economic recovery programme for growth will be made up of specialist advisory one-to-one support; workshops and grants and loans, including new employee funding.

Economy and infrastructure committee chairwoman Cllr Trish Robertson said: “The launch of The Highland Council Support Programme will allow businesses to lever funds and escalate their growth plans, bringing added value to their business.

“The Council is leading the way in revitalising the Highland economy. We want the Highland area to be a place where businesses will grow and we want to support them in their activities’

“Our Business Gateway Highland service, together with the Council’s loan company – Highland Opportunity Investments Ltd will be available to assist businesses who want to apply for funding.

“I would encourage any business that is growing or planning to diversify with expansion plans to initially make contact with Business Gateway Highland as your first stop shop,and make the most of the advisory and funding support available.”

Full details are available from the Highland Council website www.highland.gov.uk/info/1/business_and_trade/181/business_advice/4

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