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IMPACT30

For young business leaders with an eye on the future

Applications are now open for our next cohort due to begin in July 2021.

What it is?

IMPACT30 is a programme designed to develop young business leaders of the future and is custom-designed to help you make an impact in your industry. We'll work with you as an individual, focusing on the tools, skills and knowledge required to grow your business and achieve its full potential.

We'll connect you with a range of experts who have been there and done it. They'll share their experience and journey with you to help you get the most out of your own business decisions and help you grow.  

This programme is a project delivered by the Northern Innovation Hub. This is part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal - a joint initiative supported by £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, HIE and University of the Highlands and Islands. This programme also receives financial support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Innovation strategic intervention.

The IMPACT30 programme is currently being delivered online to help keep you safe during COVID-19.

Who can apply?

We’re looking for applications from ambitious candidates seeking an opportunity to take their business to the next level. You should be:

  • 35 or under
  • Working in a business less than three years old
  • A key decision maker within the business
  • Ambitious, with the drive to take your business, or the business you work with, to national or international level
  • Open to putting new ideas into practice that can boost business, and effect positive change and growth
  • Based in the Highlands and Islands

If you'd like to discuss the programme with us or find out more, please email impact30@aab.uk

IMPACT30

Applications for our next cohort, due to start in July 2021 are now open.

IMPACT30 application form

Find out how IMPACT30 could help you

Have a look at our short intro videos to find out a bit more and hear from one of our tutors, Mark Bell on the benefits of the programme.

See how IMPACT30 has helped previous participants.

Mark Bell explains the benefits of IMPACT30.

Developing an innovative and entrepreneurial mind set amongst Scotland’s young people is at the heart of our sustainable economic growth ambitions.
Michael Matheson MSP, Infrastructure Secretary

Kirsty Elizabeth

Kirsty Elizabeth Studios

After years of planning and preparation, Kirsty Maclennan finally took the plunge and launched Kirsty Elizabeth Studio in 2020, focusing full-time on the business for the first time.

With her debut bridal collection launched in July 2020 alongside the unveiling of a new website and brand identity, Kirsty MacLennan’s progress since joining the IMPACT30 cohort has exceeded her expectations.

> Read more here 

What to expect

The programme has been designed to accommodate a broad range of businesses from across the Highlands, using digital tools to ensure support is provided at individually convenient times. IMPACT30 is a cohort-based programme, delivering a relevant and innovative schedule customised to your location and stage of business development.

Our industry experts analyse your current challenges and plans for growth, delivering support and advice via a practical mix of one-to-one virtual consultations, plus intensive workshop learning. You also have the advantage of learning from interaction with other participants sharing your journey.

This 12-month programme is powered by Anderson Anderson and Brown (AAB). If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a future business leader, your journey starts right here and now, with IMPACT30.

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Cohort from the HIE support programme Impact 30 standing on stairs
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About IMPACT30 and the Northern Innovation Hub

IMPACT30 is a support programme delivered through the Northern Innovation Hub, designed to build on and accelerate business innovation.

It is funded through the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal - a joint initiative supported by £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, HIE and University of the Highlands and Islands. This programme also receives financial support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Innovation strategic intervention.

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