Communities in the Highlands and Islands offer a diverse range of resources, opportunities and skills. HIE's ambition is to see every community across the area reach its full potential.

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Our account management approach involves working intensively with a community or social enterprise over a sustained period of time (up to five years) to support and deliver sustainable growth.

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Our aim is to increase the role of communities in the ownership and management of land and assets, and the sustainable management of these resources for the benefit of the community.

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HIE work with communities and partners across the region supporting community energy developments.

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Community Broadband Scotland is a new £5 million initiative to help kick-start community led broadband projects in rural communities.

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Advice and guidance for community organisations on managing funds generated from renewable energy projects.

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Maximising Community Assets is a support programme which helps to develop the skills and knowledge of people actively involved in community ownership of income-generating assets.

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We invest in and support communities to deliver a wide range of cultural, arts and heritage activities.  Through account management, we support businesses and social enterprises in this sector to grow and develop.

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HIE works with social enterprises and community clients who have an appetite for growth and the potential to make the biggest contribution to the region's economy.

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HIE is committed to raising awareness and directly supporting the important social and economic role that social enterprise deliver.

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SCDC support community organisations across Scotland looking to effect change and contribute to the regeneration of their communities.

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We work in partnership with Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS), the arm of Scottish Enterprise that supports company growth through co-ownership and collaborative business models.

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Agriculture is a key contributor to the rural economy and has important links to other important sectors, most notably food and drink.

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Read about HIE's approach to supporting the use of Gaelic as an asset to generate economic and social benefits for the region.

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Highlands and Islands businesses, community groups and social enterprises are invited to join our Online Business Panel. By joining the panel, you can take part in quarterly surveys on the region’s economy.

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