Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is an ambitious organisation with a unique remit that integrates economic and community development. We work in a diverse region which extends from Shetland to Argyll, and from the Outer Hebrides to Moray, covering more than half of Scotland’s land mass.
We are the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland. Our purpose is to generate sustainable economic growth across the Highlands and Islands.
We want the Highlands and Islands to be a highly successful and competitive region in which increasing numbers of people choose to live, work, study and invest.
Our Operating Plan 2017-18 sets out our four strategic priorities, and shows how these align with the key themes of investment, innovation, internationalisation and inclusive growth at the heart of Scotland's Economic Strategy. Our priorities are:
The Highlands and Islands of Scotland is a spectacular and diverse region, covering more than half of the country including almost 100 inhabited islands. It enjoys a rich history and culture, a healthy economy, a growing population, an expanding workforce, and is benefiting from unprecedented investment in digital and physical connectivity. Find out more about our region >