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
Young people in Caithness and Lochaber will be among the first in Scotland to benefit from new Norwegian style learning centres.
The centres are aimed at helping young people pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and digital (STEMD).
They are being developed by the Science Skills Academy (SSA), a partnership project led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), with £3 million from the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.
Major refurbishment of a rural hotel in Sutherland has created new jobs and resulted in the establishment’s busiest year yet.
Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) is carrying out a series of State Aid public consultations to assess commercial plans for broadband across certain areas of Scotland.
At the end of September, Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) hosted a success supplier engagement event in Glasgow.
The world’s largest free stream tidal power project was unveiled today (Monday 12 September) at the Nigg Energy Park by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
The MeyGen Project is owned by Atlantis Resources Limited, a global leader in tidal power and backed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
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.