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  • 18 May 2015

    Delegates gather for Highlands’ first social enterprise summit

    More than 200 delegates from three continents will gather in Inverness next month (10-11 June) for the Scottish Social Enterprise Summit; the first event of its kind to be held in the Highlands.
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  • 15 May 2015

    World Class Inverness Campus opened

    Multi-million pound investment will transform Highlands and Islands economy. A new world class facility which has the potential to support up to 1,300 jobs on site and create 940 new jobs across the Highlands and Islands over the next five years has been officially opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.
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  • 14 May 2015

    XpoNorth 2015 Festival Programme Highlights Announced

    A two-day festival devoted to boosting creative careers in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond has announced highlights of its most comprehensive programme to date.
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Businesses and social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands are ambitious, both for their individual enterprise and for the growth of the region as a whole. Greater economic prosperity will be delivered through private sector led investments which create jobs and wealth.

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The Government Economic Strategy (GES) identifies seven sectors as offering particular opportunities for growth due to existing comparative advantages or through potential to capitalise on Scotland's unique natural assets.

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HIE plays a leading role in developing the conditions which will enable the Highlands and Islands to fulfil its potential as a globally competitive region with a thriving, low carbon economy.

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Strong communities are essential to the continued success of the Highlands and Islands. Social and economic developments are complementary in achieving growth, particularly in remote, sparsely-populated areas.

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