North-east scheme aims to help take businesses to next level

From left, Scott Hunter, Creative Director at Hampton, Hunter Inkster, Relationship Director at Barclays Bank, Carolyn Maniukiewicz Director at Ideas In Partnership, Brian Moran, Partner at Johnston Carmichael, and Ewan Nielson, Partner at Stronachs

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A NOT-for-profit business scheme backed by industry professionals and aimed at helping North-east businesses reach high levels of growth is seeking applicants for its latest programme.

Enterprise Partnership Scotland’s ‘Next Level’ initiative is aimed at start-up businesses with high-growth potential, firms looking to change direction, people involved in management buy-outs, mergers and takeovers, and university spin-offs.

It is run by a number of senior business experts from across a variety of disciplines including market research, law, accountancy, finance and brand management, all of whom provide their mentoring and consultancy services for free.

Companies and individuals from across the North-east are invited to apply to join the scheme, which comprises a series of residential weekends covering a range of business topics, as well as presentations from motivational speakers and numerous networking opportunities.

An information evening about the programme is to be held at Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountant’s office on Albyn Place on Tuesday, November 19th during which interested parties can find out more about the initiative and how to apply.

An applicant selection process will then take place following a comprehensive judging process in January, with masterclass sessions taking place in Aberdeen from February to June, 2020.

Co-founder Carolyn Maniukiewicz, managing director of Fyvie-based business development company, Ideas In Partnership said: “We are specifically looking for ambitious people who are running, or are set to run, businesses with high-growth potential.

“Our team of professionals comprises highly-skilled industry experts with extensive experience in their specialist area. They come together in order to help and encourage other organisations to reach their full potential.

“Getting on the programme really is a unique opportunity for local businesses to tap into high level support that would not be otherwise free to them.”

More than 120 companies have been helped by Enterprise Partnership Scotland over the past 20 years. Businesses which have previously completed the programme and which now form part of an EPS alumni include Aubin Group, Keenan Recycling, Motive Offshore, Greyhope Bay Project and Sand Monitoring Services.

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