Media Release: Highlands and Islands business community invited to attend high-profile public lecture

THE latest in a series of business lectures in Inverness will help businesses examine their use of technology and how to exploit it to their business advantage.

Dr Stephen Harwood is guest speaker at the fifth high-profile business seminar hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and UHI HI Links, at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness.

Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh Business School, Dr Harwood has held roles as a researcher, writer, manager, director and consultant.

His lecture, ‘Exploiting technology to diversify and grow your business’, is being held on Thursday August 19 2010 at 5:30pm. This is a free event open to all of the Highlands and Islands business community.

Martin Johnson HIE’s Inner Moray Firth area manager, said: “This latest lecture in the series aims to challenge assumptions businesses make about the technologies they use and how well they handle these within their business. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the University of Edinburgh to bring this event to the Highlands and Islands business community in partnership with UHI HI Links.”

Stephen Harwood, the guest speaker, added: “I am delighted to participate in this prestigious lecture series. As technology plays such an important role in business I hope that the audience will gain a greater understanding of doing more with what is readily available rather than feeling they must have the latest and most sophisticated technologies.”

Gillian Galloway, project director at the Centre for Health Science. said: “We are delighted that HIE and the University of Edinburgh have come together to host another business lecture in the Centre for Health Science. The previous events have been very successful and we look forward to welcoming Dr Harwood and the Highlands and Islands business community.”

To book your place at the free event please contact Charlotte Ball on: or 01463 279 368

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This public lecture has been supported by UHI HI Links, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the University of Edinburgh, the Centre for Health Science and Inverness Chamber of Commerce.


UHI HI Links is a free service helping companies to develop business ideas in collaboration with Scotland’s academic experts, and is part of the prospective University of the Highlands and Islands. UHI Hi-Links is part-financed through HIE’s Strategic Delivery Body and utilises ERDF.

HIE’s role is to develop sustainable economic growth across the region. To achieve this it creates infrastructure for future investment, assists large and small businesses with growth aspirations and has a unique role strengthening communities, particularly in fragile areas.

HIE supports the growth ambitions of business and social enterprise clients by creating close working relationships in order to accelerate growth in turnover, profitability, wage levels, exports and therefore Gross Value Added (GVA) in the HIE area.

HIE also invests in transformational projects across the region to make the Highlands and Islands a more competitive and attractive place to live, work, study and grow.

The region covered by HIE takes in more than half of Scotland, and is home to around 440,000 people. See for more information.

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