Local entrepreneurs could have the edge - Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, is urging ambitious companies in the Northern Isles to enter a competition to find Scotland’s next leading businesses.

 

Scottish EDGE is a funding competition aimed at identifying Scotland’s top, young innovators and high growth potential entrepreneurs. Companies can apply for and win awards up to £100,000.

 

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) helps support all local entrants through application appraisals and pitch training. Applications close on 9 September 2015.

 

Mr Carmichael said:

 

“Orkney and Shetland both have a long history of people starting and growing local businesses. This willingness to take the risk and to start a business for themselves is a crucial part of our local economy. Anything that helps that process is to be encouraged.

 

“The Scottish EDGE competition could provide grants and exposure for an emerging business from the Northern Isles. As local entrepreneurs have frequently told me, starting out from scratch and accessing finance are the biggest challenges for a new business. Therefore, the chance to secure some funding plus expert mentoring support from HIE is an opportunity that I hope many would jump at.

 

“I encourage any ambitious local entrepreneur with a plan to grow their company to apply by 9 September. Winners or not, the process of preparing a pitch and accessing expert support is invaluable in an ever more competitive environment.”


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