Broch firms urged to sign up for business master class

Business master class pic.
Business master class pic.

Ambitious Fraserburgh businesses with high growth potential are being given the chance to receive expert mentoring and support.

The fifth Enterprise Partnership Scotland (EPS) scheme has been launched and North-east companies and entrepreneurs are being urged to apply for the ‘master class in business development’.

Successful applicants will enjoy a programme of workshops, delivered by a range of specialists across a number of sectors, including finance, human resources and recruitment, law, marketing and public relations.

Throughout the project, participants will also benefit from a series of residential sessions, presentations from motivational speakers, tailor-made consulting and networking opportunities.

Co-ordinated by Ewan Neilson, senior partner of Stronachs, as well as Carolyn Maniukiewicz from Ideas in Partnership and Jacky Baltissen from EnValue, EPS was launched in December 2004 and has successfully supported scores of Scottish businesses.

The project is sponsored by a number of North-east organisations, all of whom provide invaluable guidance to businesses taking part in the scheme.

Carolyn Maniukiewicz of Ideas in Partnership commented: “It’s essential that budding entrepreneurs are encouraged and mentored to rapidly roll-out their business plans and strategies.

“Talented individuals need more than simply funding and our EPS scheme provides an exceptional opportunity for unrivalled support.”

Award-winning entrepreneur Jamie Hutcheon, Director of luxury chocolate-making business Cocoa Ooze, said: “Being part of the EPS programme was an excellent opportunity for me to step away from Cocoa Ooze for a short period of time to focus on my overall plans and strategies for further expanding the company.”

For further information about EPS or to download an application form, visit or call 01771 644163.

Applications must be submitted online by 12noon on Friday, January 31.