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  • 20 September 2019

    HIE responds to CfD announcement

    Contracts for Difference (CfD) have been awarded to four projects in the Highlands and Islands – Muaitheabhail and Druim Leathann windfarms in Lewis and Costa Head and Hesta Head Windfarms in Orkney.
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  • 19 September 2019

    Public event to look at FW2040 progress

    A public exhibition will be held later this month to review progress on a masterplan for the area’s future.
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  • 18 September 2019

    Preparing for Brexit

    Martin Johnson, HIE's regional head of international and key sectors, explores the ups and downs for businesses of leaving the EU
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Our Priorities

Businesses and social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands are ambitious, both for their individual enterprise and for the growth of the region as a whole. Greater economic prosperity will be delivered through private sector led investments which create jobs and wealth.

The Government Economic Strategy (GES) identifies seven sectors as offering particular opportunities for growth due to existing comparative advantages or through potential to capitalise on Scotland's unique natural assets.

HIE plays a leading role in developing the conditions which will enable the Highlands and Islands to fulfil its potential as a globally competitive region with a thriving, low carbon economy.

Strong communities are essential to the continued success of the Highlands and Islands. Social and economic developments are complementary in achieving growth, particularly in remote, sparsely-populated areas.

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