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  • 23 February 2017

    Orkney marine energy firms in London

    Nine Orkney marine energy businesses are taking part in a major industry event in London today (23 February). With support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Orkney Islands Council (OIC) the firms are attending the Renewable UK Wave and Tidal 2017 conference and exhibition.
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  • 21 February 2017

    Caithness and Lochaber confirmed for Norwegian style learning centres

    Young people in Caithness and Lochaber will be among the first in Scotland to benefit from new Norwegian style learning centres. The centres are aimed at helping young people pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and digital (STEMD). They are being developed by the Science Skills Academy (SSA), a partnership project led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), with £3 million from the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.
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  • 21 February 2017

    Oban set to become marine tourism hub

    Argyll and Bute Council has let a major contract that will strengthen Oban’s status as a marine tourism hub. The £3 million development of transit berthing and associated maritime visitor facilities includes a £300,000 contribution from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
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