Inner Moray Firth is the most densely populated area in the Highlands and Islands.
Stretching from Ross-shire in the north to Badenoch and Strathspey in the south, the area is home to around 143,500 people, more than a third of them in the Highland capital of Inverness.
The area is connected with the rest of Scotland by major trunk roads, rail and ferry services. Inverness Airport has daily flights to Amsterdam, London, and several other locations in the UK and Ireland.
It is an area which regularly scores high in quality of life surveys, combining the attractions of city living with a rich culture and history.
The area also boasts such world-famous attractions as Loch Ness, the Cairngorms National Park and the picturesque coastlines of the Beauly, Cromarty and Moray Firths.
The range of businesses and community enterprises in the area is as diverse as the landscape. Renewable energy, tourism, food and drink and creative industries all play a big role, as does the service sector.
Inverness is developing as a centre for life sciences commercialisation and research. The country's largest life sciences employer, LifeScan Scotland, is based in the city, adjacent to the prestigious Centre for Health Science.
Currently HIE is leading a partnership to develop Inverness Campus, a highly ambitious education and business park which will be a centre for learning and research as well as a prime location for inward investment.
There are a wide range of hi-tech jobs in this region. Hear from people who have moved to the area to build their career.
One of the most ambitious projects in Scotland, Inverness Campus opened to the public in May 2015. It is a nationally and internationally significant location for business, research and education
Nigg Skills Academy (NSA) has been built at Nigg Energy Park, which was purchased by Global Energy Group in October. HIE has already committed £1.8 million to the development
Aviemore and Glenmore Community Trust (AGCT) have secured more than £90,000 from HIE to support the development of detailed plans for community ownership of the Cairngorm Mountain Ski Resort.
Twelve Highland business leaders have been selected to take part in the next IMPACT30 programme.
An extended online portal that helps small to medium enterprises in the Highlands and Islands find new business opportunities from large contracts, will be launched on Thursday (4 April).
A series of safety upgrades are being made at Cairngorm Mountain by the new operating company, Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Limited (CMSL).
The Cairngorm funicular railway is to remain out of operation throughout the summer months and possibly beyond, following a detailed investigation into concerns over the structure.
Established by Farquhar Laing in 1994, Black Isle Bronze is the UK's leading bronze foundry and the largest foundry in Scotland.
The Nigg fabrication site on the Cromarty Firth was successfully purchased by Global Energy Group (GEG) in October 2011 with £1.8m funding package from HIE to help transform the largely dormant site into a multi-use modern energy park.