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Highland Business Week returns with award ceremony

By Rachel Smart

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Highland Business Week is making a much anticipated comeback this September with the full list of events returning for the first time in three years.

Organised by Inverness Chamber of Commerce, the highlights of the week include the Highland Spotlight Business to Business Exhibition, which provides a unique opportunity to network and explore new business opportunities, and the renowned Highland Business Awards.

With preparations for the event now in full swing, it is time to announce the first two categories for this year’s awards.

As times have changed and the world has switched to a digital format, it is essential that businesses keep up to date with this.

Companies must ensure that they are using digital technology to allow them to operate as efficiently as possible.

This has been especially poignant in the last few years as meetings have taken place online rather than in person and the world has had to adapt to new ways of doing things.

Business Gateway’s DigitalBoost has recognised this and is sponsoring the category for digital initiative at this year’s Highland Business Awards.

The award will recognise the business that uses digital technology to drive growth in its operation and change how it delivers value to its customers.

A spokesperson for Business Gateway’s DigitalBoost said: “Digital initiatives within business are booming across the Highlands, especially in response to the pandemic, which continues to be challenging.

“We have recognised the changes businesses have made, so we’re delighted to be sponsoring the digital initiative award at this year’s Highland Business Awards.

“As Scotland’s national business support service, Business Gateway plays a crucial role in driving growth, skills, regeneration and employment across the Highlands.

“Our DigitalBoost programme has allowed local businesses to access digital support through our webinars and digital help through our one-to-one support service.”

Another key element for running a successful business is to be innovative and think outside of the box.

In order to recognise the businesses who have been particularly creative and forward thinking, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is sponsoring the

innovation category at the Highland Business Awards this year.

Gillian Galloway, head of innovation at HIE, said: “We are really pleased to be supporting the innovation category at this year’s awards.

“The award is given for innovation in products, services or service delivery, recognising and showcasing the fantastic talents of businesses in the Highlands.

“These role models inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and those in business.”

Applications for nominations can be found on the Inverness Chamber of Commerce website and close on August 5.

The award winners will be announced at the Highland Business Awards Lunch at the Drumossie Hotel on September 30.

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