Business Network Supports Shetland Entrepreneurs

by Alastair Hamilton -

There are many challenges in developing any business but entrepreneurs in Shetland can benefit from mutual support in the Shetland Business Network.

The seeds of the network were sown back in 2009, when a small group who'd attended a business training course realised that they could benefit from keeping in touch. At around the same time, an adviser at the Shetland Business Gateway had come to the conclusion that a local business network would open up useful opportunities for mutual support. In 2010, the new network crystallised and the Shetland Business Network was formally launched that May, with aims set out in its constitution:

1. to offer support and advice to members in establishing and developing their business ventures, with special respect to the special and geographic circumstances of trading in and from Shetland;

2. to share non-sensitive business information and skills between members;

3. to lobby local council and government organisations on behalf of members;

4. to provide networking and support for local businesses.

The group has continued to meet regularly and has attracted speakers who have talked on topics as diverse as taxation, marketing and web design. Members have also stimulated a successful series of business networking events and promoted the provision of training in social media. They also have a website with active discussion forums and there's a LinkedIn group and a Facebook page.

If you're thinking of moving to Shetland to start or continue a business, the Shetland Business Network is one of the resources available to help you.

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