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  • 22 May 2017

    Aquaculture supply chain £1m innovation fund opens

    Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) working in the aquaculture supply chain in the Highlands and Islands can now apply to a £1 million innovation fund, which has opened for applications.
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  • 22 May 2017

    Support for innovation

    Businesses looking to develop a new product, process or service can access support and funding of up to £15,000 through HIE’s Innovate Your Business programme.
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  • 19 May 2017

    Statement on AB Internet

    Statement on AB Internet, the suppliers of two Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) projects, Loch Tay Internet and Gigaplus Argyll.
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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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