En­trepreneurs of­fered sup­port to de­velop prod­ucts

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY DAVID WALKER

Mo­ray en­trepreneurs have been en­cour­aged to sign up to a pro­gramme that will help them im­prove the speed and suc­cess of their new prod­uct and process de­vel­op­ment.

High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise (HIE) is run­ning a scheme called Ac­cel­er­ated New Prod­uct or Process De­vel­op­ment in For­res on Jan­uary 16 and 17.

They are bring­ing renowned ex­perts in that field to the Mo­ray town, with the work­shop be­ing de­liv­ered by Steve Car­den and Paolo Si­cil­iano, of PA Con­sult­ing in Cam­bridge.

Both men have years of ex­pe­ri­ence in help­ing clients in di­verse sec­tors to un­der­stand and build prod­ucts and ser­vices that fo­cus on meet­ing clients’ needs and de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tion strate­gies and pro­cesses.

The pro­gramme comes at a time when new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment is on the rise in Scot­land.

HIE be­lieves there is a real need for ex­pan­sion in the re­gion.

The lat­est an­nual re­port from the Euro­pean Patent Of­fice in­di­cated that patent fil­ings in Scot­land rose by al­most 10% in 2017, in com­par­i­son to the pre­vi­ous year, out­per­form­ing the rest of the UK.

Donna Chisholm, area man­ager for Mo­ray at HIE, en­cour­aged en­trepreneurs to sign up.

She said: “Mo­ray is home to a num­ber of am­bi­tious en­trepreneurs, many with ideas for new prod­ucts or ser­vices. It can, how­ever, of­ten be daunt­ing to take the plunge or to di­ver­sify from an es­tab­lished prod­uct range or ser­vice.

“That’s why I would en­cour­age am­bi­tious busi­nesses and so­cial en­ter­prises in the re­gion to sign up.”

The pro­gramme will be held at Hori­zon Scot­land in For­res, with a fol­low-up ses­sion on April 3 2019.

Those in­ter­ested in tak­ing part should email en­trepreneur­[email protected] co.uk to reg­is­ter in­ter­est and re­ceive an ap­pli­ca­tion form.

“Mo­ray is home to a num­ber of am­bi­tious en­trepreneurs”

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