Our priorities

Creating the conditions for a competitive and low carbon region

HIE plays a leading role in developing the conditions that will enable the Highlands and Islands to be a globally competitive region. Modern telecommunications, serviced sites and premises, good transport connections and university education are essential components of a successful region.

Connectivity is vital. Digital connectivity and the creation of a digital region are a top priority for us. Physical transport connections are also essential, both within the region and for access to and from the
region. We work with transport authorities to inform and influence decisions that affect the region, such as ferry services, road and rail improvements and air route development, which is an important aspect of developing greater global ambition.

The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) provides access to higher education across the region and beyond. It is an essential component of the region’s attractiveness and to the realisation of many of the region’s economic opportunities. We have an active partnership with UHI, and with other academic institutions active in the region.

Building our future 2014-17 we will:

  • Provide superfast broadband to 84% of premises across the Highlands and Islands and develop solutions and identify funding to extend that coverage to 100% by 2020
  • Support businesses and communities across the region to capitalise on digital opportunities
  • Support account managed clients to adopt low carbon business models
  • Invest in new business infrastructure and maximise the benefits from existing projects such as Inverness Campus, Enterprise Park Forres and European Marine Science Park, Argyll
  • Influence the development of transport infrastructure and service provision to support regional competitiveness
  • Implement the Highlands and Islands Regional Skills Investment Plan in partnership with national and regional partners
  • Promote opportunities for young people, including through graduate placements and science-related developments
  • Deliver a range of Regionally Significant Investments (RSIs) that will deliver long term benefits to the region

Find out more about our work across the region >

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