Our priorities

Our priorities

We have four priorities that we will focus on over the coming years to deliver sustainable economic growth across the region. They are: 

Our 2030 ambitions

We are pursuing a number of long-term ambitions. By 2030, we aim to see a Highlands and Islands that is:

  • A distinctive, place-based economy
  • An innovative, productive and internationally competitive business base
  • Resilient and resourceful communities that are empowered, capable and inclusive
  • A growing population, particularly through the attraction of more economically active and young people
  • Well connected, with fit for purpose digital and transport links
  • A vibrant and distinctive culture


Our approach will be to work with businesses of all sizes across the Highlands and Islands to support their growth ambitions. A critical success factor for our economy is to improve productivity, which is constrained by the predominance of small and micro businesses, many working in sectors which are traditionally lower value.

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Our approach to strengthening communities is threefold: we invest in building community capacity and confidence; empower communities to acquire, manage and exploit community assets for community benefit; enable sustainable growth in the social economy through strong social enterprises.

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Working strategically with sectors that offer distinctive regional opportunities remains at the core of our efforts. We focus on: Energy, life sciences, tourism, food and drink, creative industries, technology and advanced engineering (TAE) and business services. We provide sectoral support through a range of interventions: direct support to businesses and social enterprises, specialist programmes and interventions to create the conditions for strong sectoral growth, and influencing sectoral and public policy.

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We play a leading role in developing the conditions that will enable the Highlands and Islands to fulfil its potential as a globally attractive region. Modern telecommunications, serviced sites and premises, good transport connections and university education are essential components of a successful region.

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