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SkyeConnect June Town Hall Event - Follow Up Newsletter

With 50 registered attendees, our recent Town Hall Event was a fantastic opportunity for local business owners and residents to share their views, challenges, and suggestions regarding issues affecting Skye and surrounding areas with regards to tourism.  Various requests were made for information which SkyeConnect have now compiled as part of the agreed action plan for those who attended and our wider community. We hope that this information is useful and shows how community engagement like this can improve collaboration and information sharing across the community.

If you have any further useful insights to add please contact us on info@skyeconnect.com


There will be more follow up actions from the event to communicate in the coming weeks as we continue our advocacy work informed by the feedback given by local businesses during the event.

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and apologies to those who were unable to reserve a place. We had to limit the attendee numbers to 50 but, as the event ran smoothly, we will look to increase this number for the next meeting in July.

Thank you again for your continued support and collaboration. We hope that SkyeConnect can continue to improve its engagement with members and the local community to enhance our work and ensure that everything we do is driven by local voices.


Please stay tuned for the next Town Hall Event at the end of July.

In this Special Newsletter

  • ISLE OF SKYE AND ISLE OF RAASAY TOURISM ECONOMIC IMPACT REPORT

  • SKYE ITINERARIES AND TRAVEL INSPIRATION

  • RESOURCES FOR FUNDING/GRANTS RELEVANT TO SCOTLAND, SKYE AND SURROUNDING AREAS

  • USEFUL FACEBOOK GROUPS

  • EV CHARGING POINT RESOURCES

  • ROAD SAFETY RESOURCES

ISLE OF SKYE AND ISLE OF RAASAY TOURISM ECONOMIC IMPACT REPORT

 

SkyeConnect commissioned this study to gain an understanding and insight into the impacts of tourism on Skye, the local economy, local tourism businesses and local residents. This report details findings of a yearlong study into the impact of tourism on Skye and within the wider geographical supply chain, undertaken by The Moffat Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University.

 

Please click the link below and search “SKYE TOURISM IMPACT” to download the full report on our public documents page.

 

SKYE ITINERARIES AND TRAVEL INSPIRATION
 
Please find below links to some of the resources SkyeConnect have created for visitors. The MyskyeTime website features lots of useful information for visitors planning their trip and inspiration for visitors when they are here.
 
MySkyetime Travel Inspiration
MySkyetime Activities
MySkyetime Spring Adventures

RESOURCES FOR FUNDING/GRANTS RELEVANT TO SCOTLAND, SKYE AND SURROUNDING AREAS

 

Here are some examples of organisations providing business support. This list isn’t exhaustive but will hopefully provide some inspiration. We have included some links relevant to charities, community groups and social enterprises in addition.

 

  • Grant funding for businesses in Scotland
  • Business Gateway
  • FindBusinessSupprt.Gov: We’re here to direct your business to Scotland’s public sector support. See your options for grants, funding, advice, help, events and more – all in a single location.
  • Scottish Enterprise: Helping businesses to transform Scotland’s economy. We’re Scotland’s national economic development agency. We enable businesses to innovate and scale to transform Scotland’s economy. Putting our business customers at the heart of everything we do, our focus is on the areas where we make the biggest difference — innovation, investment and international.
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE): Provides a range of funding and support programs for businesses and community projects in the Highlands and Islands, including the Isle of Skye. They offer support for innovation, business growth, and community development. 
  • Funding Scotland: Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using our free online search engine. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, we can help you track down the funding you need to make a difference in your community.
  • The Highland Council: Committed to encouraging and supporting enterprise and small business growth within the Highlands. In addition and complementary to its provision of one-to-one support, local workshops, and specialist advice provided through its Business Gateway Highland service, the Council has a range of grants and loan finance available. If your business idea or expansion proposals require investment finance, you are asked to make contact with Business Gateway Highland (external link) who will discuss your business plans, give you advice on a wide range of funding packages for your business and manage access to the Council’s grant schemes and loan finance from Highland Council’s UK Financial Conduct Authority approved loan company Highland Opportunity (Investments) Limited (external link). In the Highland local authority area you could be eligible for grant support from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. If you are a start-up business there is a £1000 grant, delivered by Business Gateway Highland. Your local start-up adviser can support you with your business idea going forward. Contact Highland@bgateway.com If you are running a business in the Highland Council area there is also support through the growing business fund, with specialist advisory support and financial packages of up to £10,000. The growth support is aimed at helping existing Highland businesses grow faster, whilst stimulating the Highland economy through profitability and employment. For more information on the growth fund Business Gateway Highland is the first point of contact to apply for the funding at our local offices or at Highland@bgateway.com.
  • Scottish Edge: A business funding competition offering grants and loans from £10,000 to £100,000 to support startups, social enterprises, and charities. There are several categories, including general business support, young entrepreneurs, pre-trading companies, and social enterprises.
  • Innovate UK: Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is the UK’s innovation agency. Our mission is to help companies to grow through their development and commercialisation of new products, processes and services, supported by an outstanding innovation ecosystem that is agile, inclusive and easy to navigate.
  • Firstport: Tailored support, business advice and encouragement to help you start and grow a social enterprise.
  • Social Investment Scotland: Hosts events like Funding Socials to connect charity and social enterprise leaders with funders and resources to boost income generation. They also provide various funding programs and support for social enterprises.
  • YouthLink Scotland: This funding directory has hundreds of charity grants and youth work funds for practitioners, youth clubs, voluntary organisations, community projects and more. You’ll find information on everything from small local grants for individual practitioners to national funding schemes for large-scale projects. You’ll also find information and guidance on our national funding partnerships here, including the National Voluntary Youth Organisation Support Fund. We also run a number of National Grants Programmes, designed with and for the youth work sector in Scotland, distributing over £1m each year to youth work organisations across the country. You can contact us if you have any questions about our funding programmes.
USEFUL FACEBOOK GROUPS
 

There are many fantastic local, regional and national facebook groups providing everything from information on last minute accomodation availability to business support forums. Here are just three examples of groups that many local businesses find helpful. Please send any other suggestions to info@skye-connect.com

 

 

Skye and Lochalsh Hospitality Support Group

Rooms in Skye

VisitScotland

 

 

EV CHARGING POINT RESOURCES

 

ChargePlace Scotland is the country’s national EV charging network and currently offers 2,286 charging points across the country. New charge points are always being added but always check the distance between charging points, availability and type before setting off. The time to charge can vary depending on the station. You can see the location and status of all the chargers on the live map.

 

Carwow have an interactive Electric Car charging point map to help EV and hybrid car owners find their nearest charging point. Zap Map is another great resource. It also has a live map and an app.

 

You can also usually find charging stations in service stations. Companies like Tesla operate their own Supercharger stations which you can find using their customised apps.

 

(From VisitScotland Site)

ROAD SAFETY RESOURCES

 

Driving Safely on Skye’s Single Track Roads: SkyeConnect’s campaign and information available here

 

Road Safety Scotland:

 

Local Keep Left Campaign: There is also a local Keep Left Campaign. You can view the local facebook group here or contact Sharonanslow@hotmail.com

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