Highland Business Week Programme of Events

Monday 26 September

RBS Business Builder Workshop: Writing a Great 60-Second Pitch
12.00 noon – 1.00pm
Do you know your elevator pitch from your investment pitch? This interactive workshop hosted by Royal Bank of Scotland will give you all the tools, hints and tips to write and practise a clear, concise pitch for your business.

Tuesday 27 September

Highland Spotlight Business To Business Exhibition
Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
10.00am – 4.00pm
The Highlands’ only dedicated business to business exhibition showcases the wide range of products and services available in the Highlands, and gives businesses a unique opportunity to make new contacts and find new buyers and suppliers.

Highland Spotlight Business Seminars
Expand your knowledge with these three free business seminars running alongside Highland Spotlight.

Protecting Your Business
10.30am – 11.30am
Hosted by Brodies LLP, this seminar will discuss current considerations for managing risk in your supply chain; preparing for cyber incidents; establishing anti-bribery and anti-corruption processes; and protecting your data, brand and intellectual property.

Targeted TV and Digital Media for SMEs
12.00 noon – 1.00pm
Join AdSmart from Sky at this seminar to find out why it’s never been easier or more affordable to promote your business using the combined power of video and highly targeted digital TV.

Unified Communications for Business Growth
2.00pm – 3.00pm
At this seminar, Fibre 1 will discuss how unified communications can improve business performance and highlight how developments such as fibre to the premises (FTTP) and 4G/5G connections are improving connectivity for businesses in the Highlands.

Highland News & Media Roundtable Lunch
Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
By invitation.

RBS Women Backing Women – Investment Event
Royal Bank of Scotland, 29 Harbour Road, Inverness
5.00pm – 8.00pm
Royal Bank of Scotland, in conjunction with Mint Ventures, are hosting this event to encourage more women to learn about investing in early stage companies and to understand the wider options for raising funding for women-led businesses to grow.

Wednesday 28 September

Journey Into the World of Trade
An Lòchran, Inverness Campus
10.00am – 11.30am followed by networking
Hosted by Inverness Chamber of Commerce in association with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scotland Food and Drink, this workshop will highlight the steps food and drink businesses need to take on their journey from selling to domestic markets to trading globally.

RBS Business Builder Workshop: Understanding Your Customer
12.00 noon – 1.00pm
This workshop from Royal Bank of Scotland will explore different customer discovery techniques to help you deeply understand, identify and ultimately speak to your customers.

Branding Foundations: Building a Consistent Brand that Sells
Castle Stuart Clubhouse, Castle Stuart Golf Club, Dalcross, Inverness
1.00pm – 5.00pm
Are you losing out to the competition, or seeing a drop in sales? Your brand could be to blame… In this half-day workshop, complete with hands-on practical collaborative tasks, teclan will cover the basics of colour, visuals, typography, values, and core messaging (templates included) that you can use to build (or improve on) your own set of brand guidelines.

Thursday 29 September

Small Business, Big Wellbeing: How SMEs can Prioritise Employee Wellbeing and Create a Positive Culture
11.00am – 11.50am
Get tips, advice and low-cost wellbeing ideas on how to create a positive workplace culture from experts at Westfield Health and the British Chambers of Commerce.

GrowBiz Networking XChange – Connect With Purpose
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Join GrowBiz and other business owners from across rural and Highland Scotland and make purposeful connections during this fun, fast paced event, where passion, celebration and collaboration are the order of the day.

Friday 30 September

Highland Business Awards
Drumossie Hotel, Inverness
12.00 noon for 12.15pm – 4.00pm
Keynote Speaker – Stephen Leckie, President, Scottish Chambers of Commerce and Chairman and CEO, Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels
Join us in recognising the valuable contribution that so many businesses and individuals make to the Highland business community, as the winners of the prestigious Highland Business Awards 2022 are announced. This will also be a unique opportunity to hear from Stephen Leckie about the strength of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce network and the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in Scotland.

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