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Community development

Communities are at the heart of social and economic development throughout the Highlands and Islands.

Focusing on people and place 

Strong, capable and resourceful communities are vital for the social and economic growth of the Highlands and Islands. Our communities generate economic activity, have an important social impact and help to attract new talent to the area.

Our approach to supporting communities is flexible. We listen to you, and collaborate with you, to help you influence long-term change in your own community.

We focus our efforts and invest our resources where we can enhance inclusive growth - growth that benefits everyone - and sustainability. We’re always looking to increase connections between local businesses, public agencies and community organisations.

We encourage an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in the community and social enterprise sector. As part of this, we address market opportunities and social need, supporting fair work practices and resilient business models. 

Browse our full range of support services to see how we can help you. 

Communities in numbers


voluntary and community groups in our region


of community enterprises been operating for 10 years or more


of community enterprises provide services to public


of community enterprises would like help to attract new talent


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