Sector Support Programmes

Sector Support

Dedicated 121 sector support is available to businesses and individuals based in the Highlands and Islands in the areas of Screen and Broadcast/ Craft, Fashion and Textiles/ Writing and Publishing/ Digital & Technology and Music.

This support is free to access and will be tailored around the specific requirements of your business. These programmes will be delivered by a range of passionate sector specialists with extensive experience producing support programmes for creative businesses across the Highlands and Islands.

Simply fill in the short form below and we'll get back in touch with full details along with available dates and times.

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Company Details

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Area of the Creative Industries



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Previous Experience

Previous Experience

Preferred method for meeting

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Previous Public Sector Support

Previous Public Sector Support

This programme is fully funded with public assistance from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). You will not be charged for this service. This assistance may be assessed as State aid and might count as De Minimis Aid. This is an European Commission term for a form of State Aid (public sector support) but you can currently have up to €200,000 over a 3 year period.

In order for HIE to comply with European Union regulations we need to calculate how much De Minimis funding is available to your organisation. Please provide information about any UK public funding (this could include any organisation funded through State resources e.g. Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, SMAS, a local authority or Visit Scotland. It also includes any European funding e.g. ERDF, ESF, SRDP, LEADER, Creative Scotland) awarded as De Minimis Aid to your organisation in the current fiscal (tax) year and two previous fiscal years with the date it was approved.

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If your enquiry doesn't require a full session with our sector specialists or if your question is not covered by any of the above, please contact us and we'll get straight back to you.

Please note, spaces are limited and dates and times may very occasionally be changed, however, we will give you as much notice as possible if this happens and find a mutually convenient slot at a different time. If you need to cancel or change the date or time allocated to you, we kindly ask that you give as much notice as possible.

All sessions are completely confidential, however, basic contact details will be shared with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for record keeping purposes. We will never share your data with any other party or use it for any purpose other than detailed above.

Meet the Sector Team

Pamela Conacher: Fashion/ Crafts and Textiles

Pamela has over 30 years experience supporting the development of creative careers throughout the Highlands and Islands and beyond. Across her previous posts with Hi~Arts and as Director of Emergents, she has worked with a wide range of organisations, businesses and individuals. Her skills and knowledge nurture creative talent and businesses through general and specific support, mentoring, training, specialist advice, networking, project development and consultancy. She is passionate about developing creative talent and believes in the sustainability of rural communities through a strong and professional creative economy.

Kate Hooper: Screen and Broadcast

Former Senior Producer, Kate worked for the BBC for over a decade producing a wealth of high quality programmes and content. She has worked extensively across broadcast, online and print. Kate has been involved in the production of XpoNorth for a number of years and lives and works in in the Highlands where she grew-up.

Peter Urpeth: Writing and Publishing

Peter has developed and delivered writing and talent development programmes in the creative industries for the last 15 years, with a background in journalism, newspapers, magazines, cross-media projects and fiction. He is a former newspaper Editor and Founding Editor and is the co-founder and Director of Emergents Creatives. Peter has extensive experience nurturing creative enterprise and talent across the Highlands and Islands and is also a talented musician working in radical and alternative genres of music.

Alex Smith: Music

Alex is the former Music Producer for XpoNorth (previously goNORTH); the conference has attracted some of the most influential industry representatives, produced cooperations with a cross-reach of national and international industry associations and organisations and showcased some of the most exciting acts to have emerged from the Scottish scene in recent years. He also project managed XpoNorth Music, a dynamic support structure for music businesses based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Along with the project’s business development remit, XpoNorth Music also produced stages at a host of Scottish festivals and developed export opportunities at a broad range of leading global trade events. He is also a board member of The Scottish Music Industry Association and part of the team at Inverness’s music and events venue, Ironworks.