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The Stornaway Black Pudding

Ever since The Stornaway Black Pudding was awarded Protected Geographical Indication by the European Commission the renown of this local product has grown and grown.  At the start of the year it was also labelled as a “superfood” further enhancing both it’s reputation and it’s desirability.

Claire Macleod, from Charles Macleod Butchers, was hosted by Lews Castle College, UHI, in Stornaway as she provided an insight into how the collaboration of a number of local butchers, who many would have seen as rivals, was central to creating a single geographic brand that has had a positive economic impact on the Western Isles.

Claire fascinated students as she talked them through the intricacies of balancing the traditional manufacturing methods that are central to the quality of the pudding, the transport infrastructure and a growing global demand. 

Three Chimneys Building a Global Brand

Building a global brand from Skye was the topic of our next session in the “Get Inspired Across the Highlands and Islands” event with Shirley Spear from the Three Chimneys heading into West Highland College UHI in Portree to talk to both a local and virtual audience across the region.

The remarkable success of this unique establishment meant the title could not have been more apt and while talking globally Shirley was keen to stress the importance of developing a local skillset to ensure the long term:
Shriley stated, “We feel it is crucial, as a leading hospitality business operating in the area, to help encourage young people to stay in the region, learn and develop their skills through valuable, hands-on experience in the workplace. 

The students marvelled at the mixture of patience, perseverance and commitment which has helped the Three Chimneys achieve their targets as their comments included, “it may take time and effort but success will come” and “passion and persistence can create a world renowned business as long as you enjoy your work and the environment you are in”.


Get Inspired Mini i-Pad Competition Winner

CREATE at Inverness College UHI in association with Bridge 2 Business ran a competition to wing a mini i-pad during the student conference held on 20th April.  The students had to comment on how they personally were inspired by the session they were giving feedback on.  We had over 250 students attending from Argyll College to Lews Castle, Moray, North and West Highland Colleges as well as Inverness College UHI.  The CREATE team pored over the student entries to the i-pad competition and chose the following comment as favourite:-

 "Was inspired by their passion and really want to find my own".

This comment was made by Mimmi Sadolin who is studying HNC Business at Inverness College UHI.  Well done Mimmi!

Entrepreneurial Trio Kick Off Get Inspired Day In Style

On 20th April 2016, ‘Get Inspired Across the Highlands and Islands’ was run across the UHI college network with speakers being hosted by 6 academic partners.  The event reached over 250 students and, due to recordings of the sessions, will reach a great many more.
The event began in Inverness with the “What’s Your Business” session that was particularly geared towards our Business students who are undertaking a Communication module as part of their course. 
We invited 3 local entrepreneurs, Billy Andrew of Inver Ink, Seb Jones from Speyside Craft Brewery and Daniel Moore, a personal trainer, to be a part of a panel and the students then were required to ask various questions to establish the types of businesses they ran. 
The relaxed style of the entrepreneurs ensured that this became a very interactive session and all 3 business owners were very well received.  This allowed them to impart some inspirational gems to an audience that was completely engaged both in the room and across the network by video conference.
The feedback from the students included: ‘I was inspired by their passion and really want to find my own’, ‘I’m now motivated to live with the goal of my own business’ and ‘they made me feel that if you have the confidence to start your own business, go for it’.


Colleges Connected on Inspirational Day

Bridge 2 Business inspires, connects and supports college students into business.  They passionately believe in shining a light on the ‘everyday entrepreneurs’ that young people can more easily relate to and be inspired by.  They expose young people to enterprise-related learning byembedding it throughout the College network. 
CREATE is the hub for Bridge 2 Business covering the UHI college network and our “Get Inspired across the Highlands and Islands” event was a full, in-depth, one-day event that provided a golden opportunity to showcase enterprise from across the Highland and Islands to further education students and young people interested in the Bridge 2 Business calendar.
The event was co-ordinated by Create as part of Inverness College UHI with the assistance and co-operation of Argyll College UHI, West Highland College UHI, Lews Castle College UHI, Shetland College UHI, Moray College UHI, Perth College UHI, North Highland College UHI and Orkney College UHI.

We reached over 250 students from 15 different curriculum areas on the day and, due to recordings of the sessions, will reach a great many more in the weeks to come.  Over the coming week we will publish a feature on each of these events individually  Here is just some of the feedback from the students who attended:
  • was inspired by their passion and really wanted to find my own
  • I’m now motivated to live with the goal of my own business’
  • ‘they made me feel that if you have the confidence to start up your own business, go for it
  • you can be successful wherever you are based if your product is good enough’

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