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

Since its involvement with the HIE Innovation Programme, Glasstorm has devised new ways of working, and created strategies for achieving its future goals. With an Innovation grant, an experienced consultant, and opportunities to work in partnership, HIE has helped a successful company out of its rut, and set Glasstorm on a new course powered by innovation.

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TrixPix’s dedicated and tenacious team, operating out of a remote rural island community, 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, and connect effectively with better opportunities in the wider world.

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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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Vanguard are campervan conversion specialists, based in the Scottish Highlands. Their craftsmen supply and fit a range of products to create campervans that suit their customer’s lifestyle.

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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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Linnhe Creative is a multi-disciplinary agency offering a range of digital media services, based in Fort William. Their main areas of expertise are in consultancy, web design and development, as well as application and software development.

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The VLA is a resource that looks to provide different types of learning and different methods of study, identifying the barriers to learning and providing solutions to overcome them. Customers can either study for their own benefit, towards a qualification, in a group or online, and can choose from short courses to year-long programmes.

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Fuze Ceremonies is an award-winning wedding company based in Arisaig. They provide wedding planners and packages and have the legal right to perform weddings in Scotland. They also organise events and baby-naming parties.

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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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0300 013 5041

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