Twelve Highland business leaders take part in the next IMPACT30 programme

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Twelve Highland business leaders have been selected to take part in the next IMPACT30 programme.

The programme aims to support the next generation of business leaders by providing personalised support, coaching and mentoring.

Over the next 12 months, the participants will be part of a community of like-minded individuals who will share this journey and learn from one another along the way.

Among the 12 are a number from Skye and one from Ballachulish.

IMPACT30 is a 12-month fully funded business growth programme, which is delivered by Anderson Anderson and Brown (AAB) in conjunction with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The programme is part of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise’ Northern Innovation Hub, and partly funded by Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, a joint £315 million initiative supported by the UK and Scottish governments. This programme also receives financial support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

People under 35 in a key decision-making role within ambitious businesses of less than three years old are eligible to take part in IMPACT30. It has been designed to develop a new generation of talent across the Highland region.

To be in with a chance of joining the IMPACT30 programme, applicants created a short video pitching themselves, their business and what they would like to take away from the programme. The winners were selected by a panel from the IMPACT30 coaching team, HIE, and AAB.

The successful applicants originate from a variety of backgrounds and locations, including food and drink, lifestyle and outdoor sectors from Inverness to Skye.

Felix Spittal, senior project manager at HIE, said: ‘It’s inspiring to see so many young professionals investing in their future, and it’s great to be a part of their success.

‘IMPACT30 allows the next generation of business leaders to receive tailored guidance and support from expert coaches, mentors, and peers.’

Mark Bell, director of economic development at Anderson Anderson and Brown, said: ‘This programme is specifically designed to support the next generation of business leaders and ensure they receive valuable support and guidane. Each applicant showcased, drive, ambition, commitment and determination throughout their application video and that’s exactly what we are looking for.’

To find out more about Northern Innovation Hub and to apply for future cohorts for IMPACT30 visit

The successful candidates are: Anna Macleod of Trusted Travel Buddies, Inverness; Craig Macintosh of Highland Drones, Reay by Thurso; Fergus Thom of Cairn Candles, Grantown-on-Spey; Hannah Burr of Letters to Jinny, Beauly; James Young of Riverbeds Luxury Wee Lodges, Ballachulish; Jennifer Carter Pearson of Or, Portree, Skye; Jo Wilson of 4C Engineering, Inverness; John Smith of Skye Adventure, Portree, Skye; Katie Scobie of Rhidorroch Distillery, Ullapool; Kenny Mackinnon of SeaSkye Marine, Portree, Skye; Tim Stevens and Sally Stevens of Bikerbnb, Inverness; Taran Campbell of Infinity Trampoline Park, Inverness.