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XpoNorth Digital

A dynamic new programme which offers you specialist advice on how to develop digital tools in your business. 

What it is?

This new strand of support will focus on innovation around the relationship between producer and consumer. It gives clients the tools and capability to carry out faster, and more effective, research and development by engaging productively with your customers.

The approach has been designed to:

  • develop greater value between you and your customers 
  • encourage deeper levels of interaction between you and your customers, and
  • help you to diversify by tailoring products more closely around your customer's needs.

You will work closely with the XpoNorth team - the year-round creative industries network. Together, you'll have the opportunity to further develop digital tools within your business. 

Find out more

XpoNorth Digital is open to anyone living in the Highland Council Area.

Visit the XpoNorth website

An intro to Xpo North with Ian Hamilton, HIE Head of Creative Industries


Each client will be assigned a sector specialist with relevant experience in this field, as well as having access to a year-round series of workshops, 1-2-1 sessions and specialist seminars.

We will shortly be announcing details of an exciting new custom designed dashboard to support businesses to gain a stronger picture of their digital presence and develop new strategies with support from a range of specialists.

Our Head of Creative Industries at HIE is Ian Hamilton. Have a look at his intro video to XpoNorth on the left - he's the man in the know! 

West Highland Museum

When COVID-19 struck, the West Highland Museum in Fort William knew it would need to adapt in order to survive. Through XpoNorth Digital, West Highland Museum connected with the University of St Andrews, which has led to some exciting projects on the horizon if funding allows.

West Highland Museum

Exterior view of the West Highland Museum, Fort William
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About XpoNorth Digital and the Northern Innovation Hub

XpoNorth Digital is delivered through the Northern Innovation Hub, designed to build on and accelerate business innovation.

The Northern Innovation Hub is funded through the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal - a joint initiative supported by £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, HIE and University of the Highlands and Islands. This programme also receives financial support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Innovation strategic intervention.


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