The Highlands and Islands are home to many vibrant, ambitious, innovation-driven businesses. However, there is under representation of women leading these organisations. HIE supports a number of initiatives that aim to redress the balance across the Highlands and Islands:
Two leading female entrepreneurs from the Highlands and Islands are amongst the first ever WES (Women's Enterprise Scotland) Ambassadors. Watch the inspiring videos from Kirsteen Stewart of Kirsteen Stewart Designs in Orkney and Anja Baak from Great Glen Game in Lochaber.
Download a copy of Women In Enterprise: A Framework and Action Plan to increase the contribution of women's enterprise to the Scottish economy to read about the proposed activities to be delivered across Scotland that HIE and other partners are supporting.
You can also read a copy of Cracking the Code: a 2014 KPMG report exploring a gender aware approach to improving the talent pipeline.
Other women-focused organisations who deliver events and activities in the Highlands and Islands include: