Pathfinder project points way for Lochaber firms to grow

Karrie Marshall, Director of Inverness-based Creativity In Care, is a previous participant on the Pathfinder course. NO-F11-Kerrie-Marshall-director-of-creativity-in-care-Paul-Campbell-HIE-credit-scaled.jpg

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A free programme to support businesses to grow is open for new applications, with a taster session arranged for March 18, at the Alexandra Hotel in Fort William.

Developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the Pathfinder Accelerator programme is open to existing and start-up companies in the engineering, technology, IT, health and life sciences sectors.

The six-month programme is designed to help companies evaluate their business model, build a network of contacts and pressure test ideas. The support provided will dramatically reduce the time and expense it can take to test the commercial viability of new ideas.

HIE has partnered with The Leadership Factory who will deliver the Pathfinder Accelerator in Fort William this spring.

Participants will benefit from experienced business coaches, tailored workshops and masterclasses as well as the opportunity to engage with life sciences and technology experts.

There will be six face-to-face sessions over twelve weeks with additional remote sessions and coaching weeks.

The programme will be followed by a further three months’ coaching and mentoring, with opportunities to develop contacts, source funding and plan for future growth.

James Cameron, HIE’s head of life sciences, commented: ‘The Highlands and Islands benefits from a strong profile of life sciences and technology expertise; sectors which typically deliver high levels of innovation.

‘Commercial success of any new idea depends on a strong business model and being able to reach the right market. The Pathfinder programme not only guides companies and start-ups through this process but assists with funding, networking and expert insight.’