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
Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) working in the aquaculture supply chain in the Highlands and Islands can now apply to a £1 million innovation fund, which has opened for applications.
Businesses looking to develop a new product, process or service can access support and funding of up to £15,000 through HIE’s Innovate Your Business programme.
SMEs across the Highlands and Islands are being encouraged to attend Venturefest Scotland 2017, the annual summit on innovation taking place at the Glasgow Science Centre on 20 September. A feeder event will take place in Inverness on 22 June.
Two brothers are celebrating as the first spirit at their new micro distillery in Dornoch began to flow this month.
Phil and Simon Thompson’s dream of opening their own distillery has become a reality as the Dornoch Distillery opened for business producing hand distilled gin, vodka, rum and whisky.
Scotland’s latest Innovation and Investment Hub, Scotland House, has officially opened in London with more than 450 businesses registering their interest in becoming members in the first few weeks.
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.