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  • 27 March 2017

    Venturefest 2017 - SME innovation summit

    SMEs across the Highlands and Islands are being encouraged to attend Venturefest Scotland 2017, the annual summit on innovation taking place at the Glasgow Science Centre on 20 September. Venturefest Scotland is a national business innovation summit designed to help high-growth Scottish SMEs and ambitious early-stage companies to grow through innovation.
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  • 23 March 2017

    SLF cash to protect vital rural services

    A number of vital community services, including a fuel filling station, post office and community shop, are at the heart of four community owned land initiatives sharing in grants from the Scottish Land Fund.
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  • 23 March 2017

    Region success at Director Awards

    The Highlands and Islands region was well represented at the Institute of Directors 2016 Director of the Year Awards at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow on 23 March.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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