A dozen decision-makers from young companies across the Highlands have been chosen to take part in a new business development scheme.
The year-long Impact30 programme aims to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs through personalised support, coaching and mentoring.
Open to people aged under 35, in decision-making roles in companies less than three years old, it is being run by Anderson Anderson & Brown Consulting (AAB) in conjunction with development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
From a range of different business sectors, including engineering, candle-making, tourism and distilling, the 12 participants were selected after creating short videos pitching themselves and their companies.
Mark Bell, director of economic development at AAB, said: “This programme is specifically designed to support the next generation of business leaders and ensure they receive valuable support and guidance. Each applicant showcased drive, ambition, commitment and determination throughout their application video and that’s exactly what we are looking for.”
Among the successful applicants was Fergus Thom, founder of Grantown-based Cairn Candles, which he runs with mother Angie.
He said: “It’s easy to start a business but it’s not easy to know how to develop it and drive it forward. Impact30 is the perfect opportunity for me to gain that knowledge and receive guidance.
“I was delighted to be selected for the next cohort and I am really looking forward to meeting everyone and getting stuck in.”
Impact30 is part of HIE’s Northern Innovation Hub and partly funded by the £135 million Inverness and Highland City Region Deal.