What are the business benefits

Business rates discounts will be a key incentive at the majority of Enterprise Area sites. They will enable businesses to invest and grow by reducing their cost overheads. Find out more about the business rate discounts on

Businesses can claim up to 100% rate relief under de Minimis rules. This equates to savings worth up to £275,000 per eligible business over the policy's five year timeframe. This is money which would otherwise have been paid as tax and which businesses can invest to help create new jobs or boost growth.

Incentives offered to businesses include:

  • Business Rates Discounts
  • Enhanced Capital Allowances for investment in plant and machinery
  • A streamlined approach to planning
  • High speed broadband connections
  • International promotion and marketing of Enterprise Areas
  • Skills and training support to fully capitalise on the employment opportunities created

Visit the Scottish Governement's website for more information or contact us, our details are on the left of this page.

The Regulations specify that business rate discounts are available within specific geographical boundaries at each location, view maps of the Enterprise Areas in the Highlands and Islands below:  

Life Sciences Enterprise Areas:

  • Forres Enterprise Park (Moray)
  • Inverness Campus (Highland)

Low Carbon / Renewables North Enterprise Areas:

  • Hatston (Orkney)
  • Arnish (Western Isles)
  • Scrabster (Highland)
  • Lyness (Orkney)

Read more about the benefits of Enterprise Areas on the Scottish Government's website >



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