HIE investment triggered the £6m transformation of John O’Groats.
Caithness and Sutherland covers a large, relatively sparsely populated area at the very north of mainland Scotland.
It is an area of dramatic contrasts. The landscape features iconic mountains and flat, rolling moorlands. High tech industry sits side by side with abundant, diverse wildlife. Economic fragility remains a challenge for several communities, especially in north and west Sutherland.
The former nuclear power plant at Dounreay, which ceased generating electricity in 1994, was at one time the largest employer in Caithness. Today, it continues to play a significant role, as highly technical decommissioning work is scheduled to continue for several years.
Offsetting the major loss of employment which Dounreay decommissioning will eventually cause is a prime focus of Highlands and Islands Enterprise in the area.Show more
HIE's area team also sees great economic potential in harnessing the renewable energy of the Pentland Firth, and developing John O' Groats as a high quality visitor attraction.Show less
The successful North Coast 500 tourist route will need strong co-ordinated support from the public sector to ensure its long term sustainability.
Experiences of the initiative should also be shared with groups around the country looking to develop similar projects.
Professor Lorne Crerar has been reappointed Chair of the Board of HIE until February 2020.
Two companies from the Highlands have been selected for the Innovation Showcase at this year’s Venturefest Scotland.
The North Coast 500 (NC500) tourist route, launched in 2015, has had a positive impact on both visitor numbers and business trade.
A Thurso based engineering firm has secured an industry accreditation award that will boost its reputation internationally and help attract new business.
The Morefield site was purchased by the Ullapool Harbour Trust in 2009 and the mixed development of commercial and industrial units and storage facilities is due to be completed in July 2013.
Loch Duart, another HIE account managed
business, is an award-winning independent
Scottish salmon farm based in Sutherland
and the Hebrides.
HIE is supporting two fishermen, with over 50 years experience on the seas between them, to expand their business to attract more tourists to the north west coast of Scotland.
HIE helps Thurso based engineering company successfully diversify into the offshore wind industry.
A £20 million investment programme at Scrabster Harbour is securing jobs and helping to position the north of Scotland at the forefront of the renewables revolution.