Entrepreneurs are being sought for a business scheme designed to nurture Scottish companies.
Enterprise Partnership Scotland (EPS) is targeted at companies from the technology, energy, science, food or service sector – and offers support to those that show high growth potential.
The programme, which aims to increase turnover or increase the number of employees by more than 15, is now in its sixth year and has helped establish 82 companies to date.
EPS consists of residential seminars and workshops delivered by leading local professionals to facilitate rapid roll-out of business plans.
Carolyn Maniukiewicz, director of Ideas in Partnership and founder of EPS, said: “EPS is ideal for a range of businesses, from those that have great ideas which would benefit from guidance and support to established companies looking to change direction or merge. We offer the opportunity to take part in an established programme, like a bootcamp for entrepreneurs, where they will benefit from mentoring from leading professionals in a wide range of business disciplines.
“Our team is keen to grow business opportunities in Scotland and for potential businesses, we can provide professional services and advice about access to funding, as well as relevant information and company networking. We are particularly looking for established companies who are perhaps looking to move in a different direction, particularly in the current climate.”
The sponsors taking part in the EPS programme include Stephen Hepburn, head of business and private banking centre, Clydesdale Bank, Ewan Neilson, partner at Stronachs, Carolyn Maniukiewicz, director of Ideas in Partnership, Brian Moran, partner at Johnston Carmichael, Morven Mackenzie, director at Citrus: Mix and Jacky MP Baltissen, director of EnValue.
Carolyn added: “Our previous five projects have attracted a fantastic response, with a range of businesses from across a number of sectors benefiting from our free of charge programme. Our sponsors are all experts in their fields and being able to benefit from their wealth of knowledge and experience provides a great opportunity for businesses, as well as being able to tap into their vast network.”
Ben Iravani, managing director at Monkey Bars Aberdeen Ltd, who along with his colleagues has become the first to start distilling gin in Aberdeen for 100 years, has been through the EPS programme.
He said: “The EPS Project was a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience. Spending time with industry professionals and like-minded entrepreneurs is always going to be beneficial to progress your business forward.”
For further information about EPS or to download an application form, please visit www.eps16.org