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Our vision

The Highlands and Islands is a leading net zero region with a dynamic wellbeing economy, which benefits its growing population and makes a valued contribution to Scotland.


Our purpose is to build and sustain a greener, fairer and more resilient region that benefits everyone. Our 2023-2028 strategy sets out a clear vision and direction for the next five years and illustrates how we will contribute to the delivery of the Scottish Government's  National Strategy for Economic Transformation.

We work with communities, enterprises, and stakeholders to unlock our region’s potential for growth and progress, while driving fair work and net zero practices. We will deliver through focusing on our four pillars: People, Place, Planet and Prosperity. 

We offer support and investment to a wide range of projects that will help us secure key outcomes for the Highlands and Islands:

  • a more balanced population and growing skilled workforce;
  • an increase in average wages;
  • an increase in economic and community benefit from our transition to net zero; and
  • enhanced productivity and innovation throughout the region.

As the economic and community development agency for the Highlands and Islands, we continue to be ambitious for every part of our region. 

Stuart Strategy


Our five-year strategy sets out our ambition for a greener, fairer and more resilient region.

HIE Strategy 2023-2028


Tha an ro-innleachd còig bliadhna againn a' mìneachadh ar n-amas airson roinn nas uaine, nas cothromaiche agus nas fhulangaiche. 

Luchdaich a-nuas ar Ro-innleachd 2023-28

Operating Plan 2022

We refresh our operating plan inline with our strategy annually to ensure our focus and ambition is targeted where it's needed most for the benefit of our region and those who live, work, study, invest and visit. 

Operating Plan 2022

Year-end figures 2022-23

Over the course of 2022-23, our support and investment across the region achieved

Published on 18/08/2023


approved HIE investment in 489 projects


jobs created or retained, 160 in fragile areas


forecast rise in turnover by HIE clients


increase in international sales supported by HIE investment

What We Do

What we do

We help build a prosperous, sustainable and inclusive economy across the Highlands and Islands. Find out more about how we work and who we work with. 

How we work

About us

Find out more about us and what we do

About us

We're the community and economic development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Find out what we do, how we work and how we can help you.

Our Board

Our Board has responsibility for ensuring we fulfil our statutory duties and meet the aims and objectives of our strategy. Find out more about our Board.

Latest news

Have a look at our latest news to find out more who we're supporting and how we're helping to develop the region.


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