A grant of up to £6000 is available from The Highland Council to help businesses with the costs of recruiting and employing a new member of staff.
If you are a private or third sector employer with less than 50 employees in Highland you can apply for a ‘HERO grant’.
The fund can cover the costs of employing someone including their wages, training costs, travel or other work-related costs.
Highland Council's Economy & Regeneration Manager, Andy McCann, said: "With the current uncertainty in the economy, the Council is aware of the difficulty’s businesses are facing to make a commitment to employ someone new.
"The aim of this 12-month grant is to take away some of this uncertainty and encourage employers to take on new staff who are unemployed or who have been issued with a redundancy."
Businesses can visit the Council’s website and take the 15 minutes required to read the guidance and to apply using the online form at: www.highland.gov.uk/HERO