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Financial packages of up to £40,000 available for local businesses

By Jean Gunn

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Councillor Trish Robertson is encouraging businesses to apply for funding.
Councillor Trish Robertson is encouraging businesses to apply for funding.

Caithness businesses are among those in the Highlands that could take advantage of growth support funding of up to £40,000.

In the next phase of the Highland Council's economic recovery programme – launched today – the growing business fund will support Highland businesses with specialist advisory support and financial packages.

The growth support is aimed at helping existing businesses grow faster, whilst stimulating the Highland economy through profitability and employment.

The council’s Business Gateway service will be the first point of contact to apply for the funding. The economic recovery programme for growth will be made up of specialist advisory one to one support, workshops and grants and loans, including new employee funding.

Chair of the economy and infrastructure committee, councillor Trish Robertson said: "The launch of the Highland Council Support Programme will allow businesses to lever funds and escalate their growth plans, bringing added value to their business.

"The council is leading the way in revitalising the Highland economy. We want the Highland area to be a place where businesses will grow and we want to support them in their activities.

"Our Business Gateway Highland service, together with the council’s loan company – Highland Opportunity Investments Ltd will be available to assist businesses who want to apply for funding."

Councillor Robertson concluded by saying: "I would encourage any business that is growing or planning to diversify with expansion plans to initially make contact with Business Gateway Highland as your first stop shop, and make the most of the advisory and funding support available."

Full details are available from the Highland Council website – https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/1/business_and_trade/181/business_advice/4

For more information, contact Business Gateway Highland direct at their email Highland@bgateway.com, or through your local business adviser https://www.bgateway.com/local-offices/highland/local-support

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