What is an Enterprise Area?

Enterprise Areas are identified locations set up by the Scottish Government in order to help stimulate manufacturing opportunities as well as investment and job creation.  These locations offer clear opportunities for investment-led growth.

Seven enterprise sites have been created in the Highlands and Islands which will create new employment opportunities, stimulate private investment and boost economic growth.

In order for the region to build on its competitive advantage, the enterprise sites are sectorally focused on the industries with the greatest potential to boost the local economy: life sciences and low carbon.

Incentives and actions to stimulate investment include: business rate discounts worth up to £275,000 per business or enhanced capital allowances; new streamlined planning protocols across all sites; skills and training support; and an international marketing campaign to promote the sites.

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