Markets don’t stand still, neither should your business.

Are you a registered company with a business plan, or are you working towards completing one? If so, our Innovate Your Business service provides one-to-one specialist support to help you:

  • Identify areas of your business where change is required to help the business grow
  • Take advantage of emerging market opportunities by developing new products, processes or business models
  • Design and implement collaborative projects
  • Identify and secure appropriate finance for innovation activities



We can also offer grants of up to £15,000 for projects that aim to turn new ideas into commercial opportunities. If you've got a new idea to grow your business but don't know how to make it happen, we're here to help. Support through our Innovate Your Business programme is free of charge. However, please note that it is a form of State Aid and it may count towards your overall De Minimis allowance.




Businesses we've helped

Proterra’s involvement with IYB has created new possibilities for product development designed to meet specific client needs.

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TrixPix’s is proof that wherever you are in the Highlands, applying innovative thinking and principles to business systems and outward marketing can help your business achieve standards of excellence.

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Since its involvement with the HIE Innovation Programme, Glasstorm has devised new ways of working, and created strategies for achieving its future goals.n.

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To be able to share my ideas for business growth with HIE was fantastic from the outset as they understood my needs and how to further my future goals.

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Coast & Glen managed to develop a more efficient backend process and speed up operations to better meet customer demand through our innovation support.

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Russwood Ltd is a Scottish supplier of high-quality, sustainable timber products. As wood specialists, they pride themselves on offering their customers an extensive range and unrivalled technical advice.

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Yolo Ltd are an Inverness-based, new start business that aims to bring to market an innovative cosmetic product for Men.

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We helped Linnhe Creative with advice on reshaping their business focus and strategy, and advised how they could develop from a software consultancy into a SaaS recruitment software provider.

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HIE assisted the company with their grant application and with the procurement of professional management qualifications and CMI qualifications.

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Through the Innovate your Business programme, HIE assisted Fuze with their grant application, looking towards developing routes to market and product development.

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Innovate Your Business support


Funding of up to £15,000 could be offered to SMEs through our Small Innovation Grant Schemes. This is made available throughout the year to applicants working in the Highlands and Islands, and available to businesses with no more than 250 employees.

Expert Advice

Our Innovation Enquiry Service will give you access to experienced advisors who can decide on the best course of action to help you move your project forward. All advice given is completely impartial and kept strictly confidential.


Through our Innovation Clinics, we offer group and one-to-one sessions with our specialists. These meetings help us get a more detailed overview of your project. From there, we can offer support and highlight key actions.


If further support would be beneficial, we will provide you with 1-2 days of Specialist Innovation Support. Our skilled consultants will work with you to provide a detailed strategy for your project.

Innovate your business

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