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Catalyst - funded places available


CREATE are delighted to offer funded places on our online Catalyst Programme.  Catalyst offers training tailored to small businesses and sole traders throughout the Highlands and Islands, Moray, Argyll and Perthshire.

Developed for small rural business owners by small rural business owners, Catalyst targets needs and -
  • develops entrepreneurial skills
  • improves leadership practices and the productivity of a business
  • applies proven methods to analyse, develop and trial ideas to grow a business
  • shares local entrepreneur experiences through short video interviews and 
  • presents focussed content in an engaging form.

Make it Happen Day in Stornoway


We are running the second of our 4 Make it Happen Days in the Islands.  This workshop will be delivered at UHI North, West and Hebrides' Stornoway campus on 19th December 2023.  

This one-day informative workshop is delivered from 10am until 4pm and includes lunch.  It is aimed at members of the island community who have recently started a business or have an idea for a business and are interested in taking the next steps.  

We will be joined by various speakers regarding how to move your idea forward and you will also have a chance to network and take part in activities that will help you complete an action plan to develop/grow your business.

Shout out to Sponsors of UHI Business Competition


Thanks again to our sponsors of the prize fund for our Business Competition.  The total prize fund is a superb total of £8,000 with funds being donated by

Engineers in Business Fellowship
The Apprentice Store
Harper Macleod LLP (including a legal package)
Johnston Carmichael (including an accountancy package)
Northern Innovation Hub
Whyte & Mackay

Converge Challenges


Converge delivers Scotland's largest entrepreneurial training programme and competition with a prize fund pot in excess of £160,000.

There are 4 main challenges -

Converge Challenge
Net Zero Challenge
Create Change Challenge
KickStart Challenge

Check out the links and see which Challenge works for you.  If you are a UHI student or alumnus and require further information or help with your application, please contact our colleague - Darlene Russell at darlene.m.russell@uhi.ac.uk who will be keen to assist.

UHI Business Competition launched


Our UHI Business Competition is now open for entries to everyone over the age of 16 living within the Highlands and Islands, Moray, Argyll and Perthshire, including students at all 13 colleges and research centres within the UHI partnership.  Since the competition was established, entrants have used it as a platform to share their ideas, receive support and launch their entrepreneurial careers.  

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