Highlands and Islands Enterprise invests in major infrastructure projects across the region bringing significant long-term benefits to our economy. 

More about our significant investments

Information Communications Technologies underpin almost everything Highlands and Islands Enterprise aims to achieve. The role of the internet and mobile technology is increasingly pivotal in everything from education, to supporting health care services, and opening up new markets to businesses.

More about Digital Highlands and Islands


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.

Find out more about living and working in Scotland

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.

View our economic reports and research

HIE's area teams work closely with local partners, communities, businesses and social enterprises to plan ahead and address the needs and opportunities of its own area. They also act as a local point of access to the full range of HIE services.

Find out more about our areas


STEM North of Scotland is an initiative developed by HIE to increase the number of young people with  qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Visit our STEM North of Scotland website to find out more. 

More about STEM

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