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The Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Business Panel was established in 2008 to measure and monitor the economic health of the region through the experiences and opinions of businesses and social enterprises, and to explore topical issues at a regional, sub-regional or sectoral level.
Following two waves of panel surveys in 2014 and 2015, HIE commissioned Ipsos MORI to carry out a further five, quarterly business panel surveys with 1,000 businesses and social enterprises, representative of the Highlands and Islands business base in terms of geographic area, organisation size and sector.
This report, published in December 2016, presents findings from the most recent wave of the survey (the second in the series of five and fourth overall) carried out in October and November 2016. The survey covered topics of general interest to businesses in the region, including economic optimism and business performance, prospects and risks. It also included questions on experiences of recruiting staff in the past 12 months and the potential impacts on recruitment of the UK vote to leave the European Union (EU).
You can view a summary and the full report of our findings below.
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The Minimum Income Standard for Remote Rural Scotland report calculates how much it costs for people to live at a minimum acceptable standard in remote rural Scotland.
This report presents the findings from a HIE Business Panel survey carried out in July and August 2016. The survey covered a number of topics of general interest to businesses, including economic optimism and business performance, prospects and risks, and past and future business investment. The survey also sought to capture initial reactions of businesses following the EU referendum.
Entrepreneurship Support Programme 2013-16 evaluation
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In December 2014, ekosgen was commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise to undertake the first stage of a baselining study for the Sustainable tourism and Food and drink sectors.
This report presents the findings of the Argyll and Bute Transport Connectivity and Economy Research.
Impact Analysis of Sullom Voe Terminal
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The unemployment digests provide the most up-to-date information on unemployment in the Highlands and Islands area.
Skye Air Services Study 2016