A series of eight events across the Highlands and Islands
Social Investment Scotland
Local Energy Scotland
Community Shares Scotland
Getting Ready For Investment
What's the plan?
Arrive 10.00 for 10.30 start
Morning - Introductions
Partner Perspectives - Hear from the three organising partners, Social Investment Scotland (SIS) Local Energy Scotland (LES) and Community Shares Scotland (CSS) as they give an overview of their services and the support they provide across the Highlands & Islands
Guest Speaker – Listen to the experiences and insights of a someone who has ‘walked the investment walk’
Participant Views – Take part in the roundtable ‘big’ debate which explores the practicalities of accessing investment, followed by a Q&A session
Afternoon - Workshop Knowledge Sessions
Choose from two of the following four workshops to get the detailed information that suits your needs:
SIS Early Days – delivered once
SIS Changing Ways – delivered once
LES Shared Ownership of Renewable Energy – delivered twice
CSS Financing Community Shares – delivered twice
Full workshop details provided at the conference…each runs for 55mins and delegates can make their choices on the day
Final Thoughts and feedback
All events are supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
HIE are able to provide assistance to those travelling to the events from further afield.
Please get in touch for more information.
Venues and Times
Early Days and Changing Ways Workshops
Understanding that not everyone is at the same stage of their journey, we'll be hosting two workshops called Early Days and Changing Ways which reflect your place on the journey towards social investment. You can choose which workshop suits you best on the day.
For social enterprises and community groups in the early stages of their development; typically organisations will be trading for two years or less.
For more established social enterprises and community groups who have developed their ideas further, established trading bodies and are looking to scale up, acquire assets and create further impact in their communities.
Shared Ownership of Renewable Energy Workshop
Shared Ownership (or Community Investment) of Renewable Energy is understood by the Scottish Government to refer to any structure which involves a community group as a meaningful financial partner in a renewable energy project. This session will introduce you to the opportunities available in the Highlands and Islands.
We'll cover where to identify local opportunities, how to discuss them with Developers and your group, the stages involved in a Shared Ownership project and what the outcomes could be for your community group or social enterprise.
Community Shares Scotland
Picture: Portpatrick Harbour
Financing Your Community's Future Through Community Shares Workshop
Our interactive session will demonstrate how the community shares funding mechanism can benefit your community enterprise - enabling it to start up, grow and thrive.
There will be a focus on new Scottish focused resources, emerging best practice, as well as details on how to access the free support offered by the Community Shares Scotland programme. We'll walk you through the key steps in setting up a community share offer – using some great case studies from those who have had success already.