A little time well spent can bring about big changes!

HIE is inviting dynamic businesses in the region to discover what innovation can mean for their organisation. We’re asking local companies to take the first step in their innovation journey and make the most of the free services HIE offer. From funding, to expert advice and general support, businesses don’t need much to start, other than passion and a great idea.

Not sure what the next step is for you? There is lots of support right at your fingertips:


  • Financial support to make your innovation idea a reality with HIE’s Small Innovation Grant Scheme
  • Grants of up to £15,000 can be awarded
  • Eligible to organisations based in the Highlands & Islands with up to 250 employees

Expert advice

  • Access to experienced advisors who can provide expert information on what funding and innovation resources are available from HIE


  • For further support, why not book in for 1-2 days of Specialist Innovation Support with our skilled consultants who can visit you at your place of work

Keep up to date with all of the HIE Time to Innovate activity over on our social channels where we will be sharing useful content from industry experts and influencers along with information about upcoming local networking events.

Get your ideas off the ground

If you have a good idea that'll make a positive difference to your business, you could qualify for innovation support and funding. You may not think that you’re innovating - but you might be! Innovate Your Business is a programme of support to help businesses develop fresh thinking into commercial success. This support includes tailored one-to-one advice and potential grant funding of up to £15,000.

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Get support for research and development 

Investing in research and development is a big financial commitment for businesses. But it’s one that pays off, as studies have repeatedly shown a link between investment in R&D and productivity and export activity. That’s why we work to help companies assemble a funding package that will allow them to maximise the impacts from R&D activity.

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Co-Innovate Programme

Our new Co-Innovate Programme, for businesses in Argyll and Bute, Lochaber, Skye and the Outer Hebrides, is specifically designed to assist small and medium sized businesses in our most remote and rural communities, who face a variety of unique challenges.

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The CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund

The CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund is a national fund which aims to provide an easy to access, low risk approach to encourgaing more innovation in Scotland.

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It’s HIE time to innovate, follow the chat on Twitter with #HIEtime.

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