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Business Competition about to launch

The 11th annual Business Competition is about to launch. There is £8,000 up for grabs and the competition will be open to anyone aged 16 or over who lives within the UHI catchment area (that includes the Highlands and Islands, Perthshire and Moray) or to any UHI student.  There is no business plan required and you are only one idea and four questions away from a fantastic cash prize.  Click here to enter

Beauty Students in the Picture at Networking Event

'Beauty Business' - Networking at it's best! HND Beauty Students, staff and local employers from the World of Beauty took part in a fun quiz and vintage afternoon tea organised by CREATE and staff from the Beauty department.
The winning team took away a goody bag of beauty products kindly donated by employers and of course there was the inevitable booby prize hand crafted by our very own Elize. Thank you everyone, great connections made!
Click on the following link to the CREATE Facebook page to see some of the wonderful photos from this event:

Nicky Presents the Perfect Pitch

The final session of the "Get Inspired across the Highlands and Islands" saw us head East to Moray College, UHI where local celebrity Nicky Marr demonstrated how strong presentation skills can help you to become more engaging in business.  From a speculative phone call to a sales pitch, or from a chance meeting to formal networking, each interaction will be enhanced if you take time to plan what you are going to say and how you are going to say it.  Great presentation skills are even more important for budding entrepreneurs – how will you sell your product or service if you can’t sell it as a concept?

Nicky’s appeal was clear in the broad range of curriculum areas that were represented in the audience on the day and they left lifted by this inspirational talk  “this session has really inspired self-belief”.

Shetland Social Enterprise COPEs with everything

Ingrid Webb from COPE Ltd was hosted by Shetland College, UHI and in her talk, Ingrid gave a detailed description of what a social enterprise is before going on to describe the various businesses that COPE Ltd is the umbrella organisation for and how they operate to enable everyone, regardless of disability, the opportunity to work if they so wish.  Ingrid was a passionate speaker and her audience was greatly inspired by her talk. 

After her talk she summarised what she conveyed so wonderfully, “Scotland is a country with great ambition and this is especially prevalent in the Highlands and Islands. I truly believe that all businesses should embrace their social responsibilities. I hope I was able to highlight the benefits of social enterprise and show that we may be geographically isolated in the Highlands and Islands, but it does not need to restrict us.”

Students Look Through the Lens of an Entrepreneur

Jill Innes from Storyboard Films talked about her first year in business, looking at the various challenges she has faced and her top tips so far in a session hosted by North Highland College, UHI.  This not only attracted students from Caithness but was also very well attended in Inverness where the NC Media Studies class came along to the virtual session to soak in the experiential learning from a young entrepreneur.

Jill’s passion that drove her to create a business that fitted around her love for camerawork and creativity was transferred to the students who provided the following post event feedback, “you can follow your own personal hobbies to create an interesting career path” and “try to find a job I enjoy so that I can be committed to it”.
The event reached over 250 students and, due to recordings of the sessions, will reach a great many more.

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