In 2011, backed by the Prince's Trust, Magnus Houston set up Coast & Glen in Inverness, a wholesale business that supplied local restaurants and hotels with fish and seafood landed by local fishermen.
While that was successful, it soon became apparent that there was also demand from individual consumers for high-quality produce, caught locally and sustainably, and governed by the season, rather than the fish which is sold through the supertrawler-supermarket route, which may be cheaper...but tastes cheaper.
And so Fishbox was born, offering a convenient, nutritious and fun way to eat more fish and seafood.
Not only was the programme easy, it was beneficial to be able to set a clear goal and work out a strategy.
Working with his HIE account manager, Magnus used the Innovate your Business support programme to help set a strategy and a clear goal around how to develop his operation and speed up processing.
By developing software to support a new pick-pack process, Coast & Glen reduced a labour intensive process to free up more time to meet the growing customer demand.
Since its launch in 2004, Belladrum has grown from a small annual event to a household name that welcomes 18,500 festival goers per year, and has launched an independent record label, Belladrum Records.
Dunnet Bay Distillers is the story of a couple who long dreamed of starting their own business and combined their passions with a desire to get back to their roots to open their own distillery.
Combining rustic horse trekking through the Highlands with a balance of luxury, Wilder Ways offers a holiday experience like no other.
Meatsnacks Group is the story of four entrepreneurs who shared a vision of creating great tasting healthy snacks, and a passion for home-grown quality produce.
Offering a range of services to young people across the Highlands, Calman Trust has established itself as a support line for many young people who are looking to live independently.
Equal Adventure combines a love for the great outdoors with the importance of inclusion.
Paving change for those living with hidden disabilities, Friendly Access is an accessibility social enterprise based in the Highlands and Islands that is dedicated to creating a fairer society for all.
Crùbag is no ordinary textiles company, it fuses a knowledge of science with luxury fashion.
Aurora Sustainability are a circular economy and sustainability consultancy firm based in Forres
A Black Isle entrepreneur has been able to transform her customers’ online experience through the support of HIE’s Innovate Your Business Service.
Proterra’s involvement with IYB has created new possibilities for product development designed to meet specific client needs.
TrixPix’s is proof that wherever you are in the Highlands, applying innovative thinking and principles to business systems and outward marketing can help your business achieve standards of excellence.
Since its involvement with the HIE Innovation Programme, Glasstorm has devised new ways of working, and created strategies for achieving its future goals.
"To be able to share my ideas for business growth with HIE was fantastic from the outset as they understood my needs and how to further my future goals."
Russwood Ltd is a Scottish supplier of high-quality, sustainable timber products. As wood specialists, they pride themselves on offering their customers an extensive range and unrivalled technical advice
Yolo Ltd are an Inverness-based, new start business that aims to bring to market an innovative cosmetic product for Men.
We helped Linnhe Creative with advice on reshaping their business focus and strategy, and advised how they could develop from a software consultancy into a SaaS recruitment software provider.
HIE assisted the company with their grant application and with the procurement of professional management qualifications and CMI qualifications.