Investing in a new area – whether setting up a new business or branch, investing in an existing business, or moving an existing business – can be a complex affair. Those looking to invest in Caithness and Sutherland can access a wide range of advice, guidance and support to help make the process go as smoothly as possible.
Advice and Guidance
Business Gateway Highland is your gateway to expert local business advice and practical guidance. Whichever sector your business is in, or whatever stage it is at, their one-to-one support, specialist advice, business skills workshops and networking events are here to help.
The Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership brings together the public agencies and major private sector partners in the region to coordinate support for a number of major projects and key enabling activities that have been selected for their significant potential to shape the future economy of the region.
Caithness Chamber of Commerce is the lead voice of business in the area and is well placed to help businesses of any size as they expand into new markets. The Chamber offers access to a network of over 200 local businesses, and its range of events held throughout the year are a great opportunity to meet new contacts.
The Federation of Small Businesses in the Highlands and Islands offers its members a wide range of vital business services, support and a powerful voice heard in government.
Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland. Their purpose is to support regional development and increase the numbers of people who choose to live, work, study and invest here. As an organisation they provide support to businesses, social enterprises and communities in many different ways.
Skills Development Scotland is Scotland’s national skills agency and is equipped to provide businesses with skills, training and funding advice. They can work with employers on an individual basis to support them to understand the skills they need and to meet those needs.
The Caithness Business Fund is a private sector fund established to distribute grants to small businesses within the Caithness and North Sutherland area and can support those looking to start up or expand with grants of up to £5,000.
The North Highland Regeneration Fund (NHRF) has been established by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to provide loan funding and can offer loans of up to £50,000 to support businesses in the region looking to start up or expand.
As the lead economic development agency for the region, Highlands and Islands Enterprise can offer a range of support and investment to businesses looking to grow.