The Highlands and Islands of Scotland is a magnet for progressive industries and innovative businesses, with landmark achievements in renewable energy, life sciences and marine biotechnology, and business services. These growing sectors, together with successful tourism, food and drink and creative industries, are helping to build and enrich the region's diverse economy.
It's the perfect place to do business
No matter what type of business you’re in, you’ll find that the Highlands and Islands is the perfect location to thrive. And, we can help you relocate or expand your business here with a range of business support and funding. Get in touch today to find out how.
With so much going for the region, it’s no surprise that the population is growing here. But it's still one of the most unspoilt, least densely populated regions of Europe. It’s the perfect location for anyone looking for a better work-life balance, and the ideal location to attract highly motivated and skilled staff.
The Highlands and Islands is well connected and accessible with daily flights from Inverness Airport to all major UK centres as well as international connections to Amsterdam and beyond. The current rollout of superfast broadband is equipping the region with high speed digital connectivity.
The quality of Scotland’s workforce is internationally recognised. With its renowned educational system and high ratio of graduates per capita, Scotland surpasses most countries of similar size in Europe.
Peterson has a key role in the oil and gas industry in Shetland, including decommissioning. Currently, the Greenhead base is the only operational onshore decommissioning site in Scotland and has significant potential for further growth.
BSW Timber Limited, established in 1848, is family owned and the largest sawmilling company in the UK, operating seven mills including the new world-class facility at Kilmallie Mill, near Fort William.
Your business can thrive in the Highlands and Islands
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is a unique government agency in the UK, with a remit for both community and economic development. A private and public sector collaborative approach to the development of key industries has proved successful for the region’s strong economic growth and stability.
We can help you explore the opportunities to locate in the Highlands and Islands. If you are interested in locating to the region, expanding or launching your business, we can provide you with a full range of tailored support. You’ll have a dedicated team to work with you every step of the way, both before and after you’ve made the move. We’ll help you get your business up and running quickly, and build strong foundations for future growth.
A STRONG, SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS LOCATION
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