Digital and innovation support

Access a wide range of digital, technology and innovation support below.

Digital Specialist Advice

Highlands and Islands businesses and organisations can access a digital adviser for up to six days to look in-depth at a specific digital ambition or challenge. The adviser will prepare and take you through your Digital Action Plan with their findings.

Contact our digital team for more information

Digital Development Loan

The Digital Development Loan is a Scottish Government initiative to help improve Scotland’s digital productivity. It is available to Scottish SMEs, who have been trading at least 6 months to help meet upfront costs of improving digital use.

Check eligibility and apply online
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Cyber Resilience

Your business can access Cyber Resilience information and support through HIE’s collaboration with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), an initiative supported by The Scottish Government, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and endorsed by Police Scotland. Access workshops in your local area, provided by SBRC and the team of Ethical Hackers from Abertay University. You will be signposted to relevant and practical information to help you understand how to prevent a Cyber threat and what to do in the event of a Cyber attack.

Our clients can access a Cyber Security specialist advice for an additional three days. Please speak with your HIE Account Manager or contact



Businesses and communities in the Highlands and Islands now have direct local access to Scotland’s Innovation Centres through a collaboration between HIE, The Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Enterprise.


The fourth Data Lab Hub in Scotland is now located in An Lòchran, Inverness, serving the region. The Data Lab has three key priorities: foster innovation through collaboration, build skills and grow talent, and champion Scotland’s data science community.

Highlands and Islands businesses interested in both driving more value from their existing data or looking to innovate using data can contact: The Data Lab Business Development Executive, Karen O’Hanlon here -


DataFest20 will be the third DataFest Fringe events held in the Highlands and Islands. DataFest takes place from 9 to 20 March 2020, all across Scotland. Take a look at our flyer below to see the events taking place in our region this year.

DataFest20 flyer

Scotland's AI Strategy

The public consultation on the AI Strategy Scoping Document - The AI of the Possible: Developing an AI Strategy for Scotland - is now open. Individuals and organisations from across Scotland are invited to respond and feed in thoughts and comments on how Scotland can realise the benefits of AI for all of its people and organisations.

Access the consultation here


In its simplest form, the Internet of Things is about connecting devices to the internet, and to each other. This includes everything from your FitBit or Nest thermostat in a domestic context, to industrial IoT used to enhance manufacturing or make improvements in areas such as asset management or maintenance. Benefits might include:

• Maximising customer experience with timely, tailored information
• Opportunities for businesses through better intelligence using real time information and understanding trends or patterns
• Adhering to requirements or regulations through using data
in an affordable or time saving way
• Condition monitoring of equipment and infrastructure
even in remote areas
• Improving the health and safety of an operational environment through being able to monitor conditions in the locale
• Tracking the location, movement and/or orientation
of an object over time
• Obtaining more representative information through deployment
of a scalable sensor network
• Acquiring new information through retrofitting low cost and low
power sensor and imaging devices

IoT is an enabler for economic development and improving the quality of life and wellbeing of citizens. If you have an interest in exploring applications for IoT in your organisation we are keen to hear more about your challenges and explore how IoT technologies could address them.

In November CENSIS launched a suite of IoT developer kits designed to help users shape their business case. From November 2019 through to January 2020 we will host a number of hour-long drop in sessions where you can unpack the kit, plug in and start playing – with our help. Keep an eye on our events page for more information.

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