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Strategy and operating plan

Our strategy covers a three-year period supported by our operating plan updated annually.

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Our strategy 2019-22

This three-year strategy sets out our ambition for each and every part of the Highlands and Islands. The opportunities are immense.

Our vision and priorities aim to harness our region’s potential, working closely with our local, regional and national partners. HIE will provide a strong voice for the region, making sure our opportunities and needs are understood. We will work tirelessly to address them whether through our direct support or through our influence and leadership. Opportunities and needs vary across our area and inclusive growth is central to our strategy.

Increasing population and incomes, while reducing isolation and inequalities can only be achieved through such an approach. We will prioritise investments that achieve the longer-term impacts required, including those which support Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets.

The Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board and the Scottish Government have set out a clear vision for sustainable and inclusive economic growth for Scotland. We are ready and eager to make a significant contribution to that vision. We will combine our leadership, enthusiasm and experience with that of our partners to develop our region and provide opportunities for those that live, work, study and do business here.

Download our strategy 2019-22 (English)


Download our strategy 2019-22 (Gaelic)


We refresh our Operating Plan inline with our strategy annually to ensure our focus and ambition is targeted where it's needed most for the benefit of our region and those who live, work, study, invest and visit. 

Download our operating plan 2021