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  • 01 September 2015

    Better broadband for Argyll and Bute

    More than 14,000 homes and businesses across Argyll and Bute are now connected into new fibre optic networks which are bringing faster broadband to rural communities.
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  • 30 August 2015

    Life Sciences Pathfinder programme

    Innovative businesses from across Scotland looking to explore the commercial potential of an idea before bringing it to market are being urged to consider the Pathfinder Accelerator programme, delivered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
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  • 25 August 2015

    Green light for Leanachan Masterplan

    A ‘masterplan’ which outlines how the area around Leanachan Forest could be developed for tourism has been approved by The Highland Council’s Lochaber Area Committee. Produced by Forest Enterprise Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the masterplan is the blueprint which could kick-start a positive transformation around the Nevis Range.
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Our Priorities

Businesses and social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands are ambitious, both for their individual enterprise and for the growth of the region as a whole. Greater economic prosperity will be delivered through private sector led investments which create jobs and wealth.

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The Government Economic Strategy (GES) identifies seven sectors as offering particular opportunities for growth due to existing comparative advantages or through potential to capitalise on Scotland's unique natural assets.

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HIE plays a leading role in developing the conditions which will enable the Highlands and Islands to fulfil its potential as a globally competitive region with a thriving, low carbon economy.

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Strong communities are essential to the continued success of the Highlands and Islands. Social and economic developments are complementary in achieving growth, particularly in remote, sparsely-populated areas.

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