HIE is leading a multi million pound investment project which will bring next generation broadband (NGB) across the region
The Highlands and Islands is a spectacular and diverse region. Our area teams work closely with local partners, communities, businesses and social enterprises to plan ahead and exploit growth and investment opportunities throughout the region.
There has been a lot of talk and excitement in the build up to 2014 and now this unique year of major events has arrived. In 2014 Scotland Welcomes the World to join in the Year of Homecoming, the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.
The Highlands and Islands covers some 15000 square miles - more than half of Scotland. Of the 448,000 people who live here, half are under 44. The region is also home to more than 8,000 voluntary and community groups, and over 21,000 businesses.
HIE gathers and interprets a broad range of economic information about the area. This is used by HIE and partners for strategic planning. A selection of the latest information is available for download.