Specialist Advice

Support provided by Highlands and Islands Enterprise

What does this involve?

Want to access advice and support to accelerate your business's growth? The Specialist Advice Service from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) provides a flexible resource for businesses and social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands to help them understand options, make good decisions, develop and exploit opportunities.

The Specialist Advice Service can help with: 

  • strategy development
  • financial systems and support
  • sales and marketing
  • access to finance and financial modelling
  • process
  • human resources
  • governance

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you're an ambitious business in the Highlands and Islands that is motivated to grow.

What does this cost?

You will be required to pay upfront for this support and will be refunded 100% of the service cost on completion. This is subject to subsidy control assessment and, if appropriate, your available De Minimis allowance. The value of the support may vary depending on its nature and duration. 

Who is this for?

Businesses or social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands that are preparing for their next stage of growth.

How long does this take?

Once HIE has assessed your requirements in full and determined you're eligible, you can begin to receive support within a few days. On average, you will receive around 3 to 4 days of adviser support.

Important information

The service is flexible, and the pool of advisers is broad. This means that HIE can provide easy access to the right people and support, to help your business achieve clarity and insight and have confidence in the decisions made.

Advisers will provide advice on topics such as approach and strategy, but will not undertake a role that should be fulfilled from within your organisation.

Next steps

Submit an enquiry and an adviser will be in touch to discuss your needs.

Support provided by Highlands and Islands Enterprise

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