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Keynote Speaker: The Lunchbox Boys

The keynote speaker at our virtual Awards Ceremony for the University of the Highlands and Islands Business Competition on Thursday, 20th May 2021 was Sam Cairns of the Lunchbox Boys.  

The Lunchbox boys have developed a range of private catering services and built a reputation for producing local food created with passion, with first class customer service.  This commitment now sits at the heart of their business.  Whether catering for two people or two hundred, they stay true to their values, and always with a smile!

Business Competition Finals Event

The 2021 Business Competition Finals Event was run virtually for the first time.  The event started with all invited to attend opening their Big Night in Box which had been posted to them.   The box contained all sorts of goodies to sweeten the way for the event itself including hot chocolate, marshmallows, popcorn, sweets and a miniature bottle of gin.

The evening was a culmination of a process whereby the shortlisted finalists had presented their ideas to a judging panel made up of Mark Bell from Impact 30, David Massey from the Apprentice Store, Sam Cribb from HBS Ring Ltd and Peter Dennis from Wave Energy Scotland during the day with the awards being presented in the evening of the same day.

Case Study: Neil Pirritt

Neil Pirritt was an Inverness College UHI Engineering Systems student whose idea was a Bow Buddy.  

"Bow Buddy opens up a previously restricted world to the physically disabled and impaired with a cost effective and simple solution."

Neil was awarded the Best Engineering Award along with a cash prize courtesy of our sponsor, Engineers in Business Fellowship.

Engineering Students

Calling all engineering students studying at the academic partners of the University of the Highlands and Islands!  

Your creative problem solving skills could win you a share of £3,000 prize money earmarked for engineering students!
Remember - it doesnt have to be an engineering idea.  Ger your entry in by midday on 26th March 2021.  For more information and to apply visit -

Good Luck!

Enterprising Researcher online programme

Our next 1-day interactive, virtual workshop along with access to substantial online resources is due to be held on 21st January 2021.  The workshop will start at 9.30am and finish around 4pm and is open to early career research staff and students.  Applications can be made by email to and should include:
  1. Contact details with an outline of your role/current research focus.
  2. Why you feel the programme will benefit your professional development and impact your research/future practice.
  3. How you intend to share this learning with your colleagues.
Apply now to avoid disappointment

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