Digital Enablement Grant

Open to businesses, communities and social enterprises, based in the Highlands and Islands, and with an existing relationship with HIE, can apply for funding to develop their use of digital technology.

The support is in the form of a voucher and each is worth a maximum of £25,000, with HIE covering 75% of eligible project costs.

The money will benefit those who want to adopt new technologies to make a difference to their organisation and help them recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Enquiries can be emailed to our digital team.


Digital specialist advice 

Highlands and Islands businesses and organisations can access specialist digital advice online.

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



Do you need help or want to enquire?

If you'd like to discuss any of our digital programmes, get in touch with our digital team.


A Highland focus for Scotland's Innovation Centres

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 serving the Highlands and islands region by being located in HIE's An Lòchran building on Inverness Campus.

The Data Lab has three key priorities:

  • foster innovation through collaboration
  • build skills and grow talent
  • champion Scotland’s data science community.

Want to know more?

If you're based in the Highlands and Islands region and would like to find out more about the lab and how it can help you get more value from the data you have, email the Data Lab's Business Development Executive, Karen O'Hanlon at 

Russwood Ltd

Hear from the directors at Russwood Ltd who have used data-driven decision making to improve their businesses in practice.

Russwood Ltd

The Data Lab Inverness

The Inverness hub opened in April 2019 and is located within An Lochran on Inverness Campus. It provides the Highlands and Islands with a dedicated centre for data and AI to help build momentum and create further growth and opportunities in tech.

The Data Lab Inverness
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Benefiting from data driven decision making in practice