In Northmavine, HIE has commissioned Weave Consult to facilitate and support the local cohort. Weave’s role is to bring together local businesses, crofters, interested individuals, partner organisations from the area to:
- identify the unique assets and strengths of the areas
- identify opportunities and how these could be realised
- encourage new ideas, innovation, collaboration, strengthening of existing assets, products
- encourage knowledge sharing, learning from each other and best practice.
In Uist, HIE has commissioned Maciver Project Services to facilitate and support the local cohort. The role is the same as that for Northmavine.
The role of the facilitators is to build relationships, encourage exchange of dialogue and ideas, bring in inspiring “experts” to share knowledge, practice and stimulate new thinking based on areas of interest identified by each Cohort.
As ideas develop, the facilitators, supported by HIE, will help identify appropriate sources of support to fully investigate project ideas and hopefully, bring these to fruition.