We have four priorities that we will focus on over the coming years to deliver sustainable economic growth across the region. They are:
We are pursuing a number of long-term ambitions. By 2020, we aim to see a Highlands and Islands that is:
HIE is keen to work with businesses whose development plans will lead to a measurable increase in turnover, particularly in international markets, alongside increased employment, especially for young people. Through our account management approach, we provide bespoke solutions incorporating a wide range of support, including access to national and international serivces and expertise.
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.
We focus on the sectors identified in Scotland's Economic Strategy: Food and drink, business services, life sciences, energy, tourism and creative industries. 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.
We play a leading role in developing the conditions that will enable the Highlands and Islands to fulfil its potential as a globally competitive region. Modern telecommunications, serviced sites and premises, good transport connections and university education are essential components of a successful region. Digital connectivity is a top priority for HIE.