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Cyber security and attracting workforce highlighted at free Outer Hebrides events

Business leaders in the Outer Hebrides are invited to attend free workshops that focus on attracting, recruiting and retaining the workforce.

The events are organised by consultants ‘Remarkable’ on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and will also highlight tips on how to be more cyber aware.

Advice and information from speakers will include productivity and efficiency in the workplace and developing new, improved ways of working.

Thursday 14 November -  HIE’s office at 9 James Street, Stornoway 10:30-1:30pm.

There will be an opportunity to hear from local employer Dòmhnall Campbell, Chief Executive of MG Alba who has successfully recruited and trained the workforce.

Friday 15 November – Data Centre, Taigh Ceann a’ Locha, Benbecula 10:30-1:30pm.

Presentations by representatives from HIE, Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) will be made at both events. Members of SBRC’s ethical hacking and business teams will offer simple and effective tips on how businesses can protect their data and systems from cyber incidents.

SBRC provides a range of integrated security services that help businesses assess, build and manage cyber security and respond to incidents. The event will help people understand threats and vulnerabilities and help them build their confidence.

Other speakers on the day include Mary Leishman from Remarkable who will give a presentation on Investors in People and Investors in Young People. These standards are about investing in staff training and development and helps employers to achieve business goals, resulting in a happier, motivated workforce.

Bill McMillan, head of business growth at HIE’s Outer Hebrides team based in Stornoway, said: “These events are valuable for employers who want to future-proof their workforce strategy and for anyone interested in developing and retaining young people. There will be a good opportunity during these events to network and share insights with various agencies and other employers.

Any queries should be directed to or 07801 981611.

Events can be booked at:

Benbecula -

Stornoway -

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