The Highland Business Women Awards recognize the contribution of social enterprises in the North


Social enterprises play an important role in the economic and community life of the Highlands.

These non-profit organizations often step in to provide services when other businesses or charities cannot and play a particularly important role in rural Scotland, with around a third of the country’s social enterprises in rural areas.

This is reflected in the Highlands and Islands, where there are over 1,200 social enterprises that put social, community and environmental benefits rather than profit at the heart of what they do.

Equiom’s office in Inverness is already closely involved in this growing industry, so it’s only fitting that the global professional services provider is supporting the industry’s third category at the 2021 Highland Business Women Awards next month.

“We are delighted to sponsor the Best Third Sector Organization category at the Highland Business Women Awards 2021,” said Sarah Weir, Managing Director of Equiom in Inverness.

“As a local employer of over 70 employees, we believe that our core values ​​of passion, trust, empowerment and the development of our people are reflected in the growing number of third sector organizations in the Highlands.

“It is extremely important to recognize the work these organizations do in our community and the role they play. I wish all the participants good luck.

The award is open to social enterprises, charities, or other non-profit organizations that can show how they are achieving their social or charitable goals.

Innovation and creativity, as well as effective leadership and management and a commitment to future sustainability will also be considered.

While social enterprises provide many valuable services to the community, the region’s economic success rests on the dynamism of its private enterprises, making the Most Entrepreneurial Business Award one of the most prestigious of those awarded by HBW. in the evening.

The award is open to established businesses that have been in business for three years or more.

While size is not a factor, judges will again seek innovation and creativity, as well as an effective marketing and business development strategy, sustained financial performance, and examples of the organization’s accomplishments over the course. of the past year.

The sponsor of this year’s award is one of the Highlands’ most enterprising companies, the Inverness-based construction company Tulloch Homes, which directly employs around 150 people and supports another 600 jobs through its sub -treaters.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Tulloch Homes has chosen to sponsor the Most Enterprising Business Category as successful local businesses are the backbone of the Highland economy and provide inspiration and vital jobs in the community. “

The deadline for entries for these two and other awards at the Highland Business Women Awards 2021 is 5:00 p.m. on Friday August and all entries should be submitted to [email protected]

The awards ceremony, hosted by journalist and host Nicky Marr, will take place online on Thursday, August 26.

For more information visit or the HBW Facebook page.

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