Business news in brief week 03

St Conan's Kirk at Lochawe.

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Highlands and Island Enterprise is inviting firms to help prepare for Brexit by attending a free workshop. Delivered by the Institute of Export and International Trade (IoE), the workshop will cover the impact of Brexit on EU trade, along with the wider implications on exporting to the rest of the world. Companies will also find out more about the support available for businesses and have the opportunity to ask specific questions related to the consequences of Brexit. The workshop is on Thursday January 24 from 9.30am at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness.

Data from more than 400,000 British businesses and three million job requests has revealed which businesses will be the most successful to start in 2019, based on supply and demand. Dog and pet grooming tops the list, with only 20 per cent of job requests finding a professional on average across the country, indicating there is not enough supply in the sector.

Argyll farm brewery Fyne Ales and the Lochawe pub Ben Cruachan Inn have released details of an exclusive ale that has been re-branded as the St Conan’s Workbench IPA. The venture has come about in support of the iconic St Conan’s Kirk in Lochawe, which is raising money towards its extensive maintenance and restoration costs. The Trustees and Friends of Saint Conan’s Kirk estimate that the building requires £1 million over the next few years.