Time running out for firms

Seb Jones from The Speyside Craft Brewery in Forres participated in the previous EPS scheme
Seb Jones from The Speyside Craft Brewery in Forres participated in the previous EPS scheme

The clock is ticking for ambitious North-east businesses with high growth potential to sign up for a ‘master class in business development’.

Local companies and entrepreneurs only have until noon on Friday, January 31, to apply for the latest Enterprise Partnership Scotland (EPS) scheme, which will give successful applicants the opportunity to receive expert mentoring and support.

The programme will be packed with workshops, delivered by a range of specialists across a number of sectors, including finance, human resources and recruitment, law, marketing and public relations.

Throughout the course of the project, participants will also enjoy a series of residential sessions, presentations from motivational speakers, tailor-made consulting and networking opportunities.

Co-ordinated by Ewan Neilson, senior partner of Stronachs, as well as Carolyn Maniukiewicz from Ideas in Partnership and Jacky Baltissen from EnValue, EPS was launched in December 2004 and has successfully supported scores of Scottish businesses.

The project, which targets companies with high growth potential – from new businesses to those looking to change direction, possible management buy outs or university spin offs – is sponsored by a number of north-east organisations, all of whom provide invaluable guidance to businesses taking part in the scheme.

Carolyn Maniukiewicz, of Ideas in Partnership, commented: “Time is fast running out for people to apply for our latest EPS scheme so we’d urge anyone interested in reaping the rewards from the programme to get in touch.

“The initiative – which will once again provide budding entrepreneurs with the chance to effectively learn how to rapidly roll-out their growth plans and strategies – is always extremely popular and, with the local business sector continuing to boom, I am sure this year will be no different.

“We don’t want any companies or individuals to miss out on this opportunity so it’s essential that they get their application in asap.”

Award-winning entrepreneur Seb Jones, founder of The Speyside Craft Brewery in Forres, participated in a previous EPS project, and benefited hugely from the scheme.

Seb – who was named the North of Scotland’s top young entrepreneur at the 2013 Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland Young Entrepreneur (PTYBS) Awards – said: “The EPS programme proved to be an excellent experience. As a new company just starting up, I really valued the level of trust that developed with the various sponsors and wider group of high growth companies over the course of the scheme.

“This meant that when the brewery took off, we had instant access to an extensive network of professional support, covering all areas of business.”

For further information about EPS or to download an application form, please visit www.eps-project.co.uk or call 01771 644163.