Businesses in the Highlands and Islands have been making good use of a new telephone adviceline set up to provide tailored expertise during the current economic downturn.
Launched on January 5 the advice line is one of seven initiatives set up by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) aimed at helping businesses in the region through the current trading period.
So far around 75 business representatives have dialled 08000 884884 to discuss issues with an expert adviser and just over a quarter of these have gone on to book a free one-to-one discussion session.
HIE regional director Carroll Buxton explained: “Queries have covered a vast array of subjects, they have not been confined to difficulties with borrowing although this clearly is a problem for many businesses. We have been able to provide on-the-spot advice and offer prompt appointments for those seeking more detailed discussions, the next day in many instances.”
HIE is also providing a detailed range of vital information and diagnostic tools on www.hiebusiness.co.uk