Harris Distillery brings vital economic boost to the Western Isles
From world-class beef and lamb to fresh fish and shellfish, traditional shortbread, Scottish oatcakes and malt whisky, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland has it all.
The food and drink sector in the Highlands and Islands contributes £1 billion to the economy. Our region is renowned for producing high quality food and drink products. Businesses range from large global enterprises through to specialist niche producers, supporting some 32,000 jobs, often in more remote areas.
Not only is the food and drink industry a significant economic driver with great potential for further development, but the quality of our food and drink products play a key role in defining the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to the rest of the world.
A major UK initiative to help businesses use space satellite technology to expand their global reach is to be extended into the Highlands and Islands.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has teamed up with the UK-wide Satellite Applications Catapult and the University of Strathclyde to develop a new programme of activity in the region.
Breweries from the Highlands and Islands have been shortlisted in every category in the Scottish Beer Awards.
Companies across the Highlands and Islands interested in doing business in the Middle East are invited along to a free event offering advice and support.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) congratulates five of the region’s businesses which scooped food ‘oscars’ at the 2016 Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards last night (Thursday 2 June).
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands new to exporting or looking to move into new markets are invited to a ‘Doing Business in France’ event in Inverness next week.