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  • 26 July 2016

    Selfies with Kelpies finalists chosen

    Three finalists have been chosen from more than 120 photos taken with the mini Kelpies in Inverness. Thousands of visitors are believed to have been drawn by the 1:10 scale models of the world famous Kelpies sculpture – two 100-foot high horses’ heads installed at Falkirk – during their three-week stint at Inverness Campus, which ended at the weekend.
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  • 22 July 2016

    Business urged to apply to EDGE fund

    Businesses in the Highlands and Islands are being encouraged to apply to the next round of Scottish EDGE funding and the chance to win up to £100,000 each in grants and loans.
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  • 18 July 2016

    Third Innovation Call for Wave Energy Scotland

    Wave Energy Scotland (WES) is running the most extensive technology programme of its kind to find a commercially viable method of harvesting Scotland’s huge wave energy resource.
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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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