Businesses invited to investigate online international selling …
The second of two successful sets of free sessions to help businesses develop their websites to attract a wider market are coming up in Inverness and Forres. The e-commerce sessions, developed as part of the Smart Exporter programme through Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), are being held in Eden Court on Monday (23 September) and in Horizon Scotland in Forres on 30 September. Following on from an initial session which focused on developing a website this next session will look at selling online and how to manage orders.
The workshops will be delivered by Julian Lawson Hill, a consultant with 20 years experience of helping Scottish companies to export. HIE s Laura Robertson, development manager, said: “It doesn’t matter if you missed the first session, as the workshops stand alone perfectly. The courses around website design were really well received and this next instalment will provide advice on online trading.
“Businesses of all sizes can attend. Companies have told us the advice they are getting is highly practical and really valuable. Many businesses are interested in selling online internationally and it makes sense to invest time getting advice on how to do this successfully – especially when it’s free.”
Melanie Muir of Jewellery Design, from Nairn, who attended the first session in Forres, said: “I can’t recommend this workshop highly enough – I thought I already knew quite a bit about the subject, and hesitated to attend, because I’m so busy. However, I learned so much more than I expected and had so many ‘a-ha’ moments, now I’m glad I didn’t miss it. Julian is a highly knowledgeable and professional presenter, yet relaxed and engaging at the same time.”
Smart Exporter in the Highlands and Islands, which is part-funded by the European Social Fund, provides companies with the knowledge and skills required to target international markets and help them develop their export capabilities. Smart Exporter is delivered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise in partnership with Scottish Development International and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce. For more information or to book your place, visit www.hie.co.uk/ecommerce
Following the news from BT that through its commercial rollout fibre broadband is now available in Inverness, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) says it expects the first exchanges of a multi million pound publicly funded next generation broadband project to go live by April 2014.
The community and economic development agency signed a contract with BT in March which, alongside the telecoms company s commercial rollout, will bring fibre broadband services to around 84% of the region s homes.
Food and drink businesses in the Highlands and Islands are invited to attend a free workshop focusing on the development of new innovative products and packaging.
The day-long event, Food and Drink Innovation Workshop – 2014 The Legacy Challenge, will be held at Cowan House in Inverness on Wednesday July 10 and will be hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in partnership with the 2014 Food and Drink Team.
The UK Government announced its intention today (Thursday 27 June 2013) to consult in the summer on additional support for renewables projects located on islands (where these have clearly distinct characteristics to typical mainland projects).
This is on a timetable to allow a differential strike price to be set for these projects in the final Delivery Plan in December.
- ^ First Highlands and Islands publicly funded exchanges live by April 2014 (www.caithness-business.co.uk)
- ^ Food and drink workshop for businesses to make the most of 2014 legacy (www.caithness-business.co.uk)
- ^ Islands Set To Get More Wind Projects (www.caithness-business.co.uk)
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