Many of the businesses that HIE supports are spread out in remote locations around the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. This makes attending training skills workshops to help grow their business challenging as it means taking a lot of time out of the office travelling.
A residential programme, ‘Can Do Scale Summer School’ for companies who are in a growth phase was due to take place and HIE wanted to put several of the businesses they support forward for it. Each company would have to deliver a two-minute pitch followed by two minutes of questions as part of the application process.
We set up 45-minute calls/Skype sessions with the applicants. I gave them tips on delivery and preparation of the content of their pitch.
Nine applicants were delighted to get through to the programme giving them great opportunities to learn from business leaders, network and gain more business skills.