Inner Moray Firth is the most densely populated area in the Highlands and Islands.
Stretching from Ross-shire south to Badenoch and Strathspey, the area is home to around 143,500 people, more than a third of them in the Highland capital of Inverness.
The area is connected with the rest of Scotland by major trunk roads, rail and ferry services. Inverness Airport has daily flights to Amsterdam, London, and several other locations in the UK and Ireland.
It is an area which regularly scores high in quality of life surveys, combining the attractions of city living with a rich culture and history.
The area also boasts such world famous attractions as Loch Ness and the Cairngorms National Park.Show more
The range of businesses and community enterprises in the area is as diverse as the landscape. Tourism and food and drink play a big role, as does the service sector.
Inverness is developing as a centre for life sciences commercialisation and research. The country's largest life sciences employer, LifeScan Scotland, is based in the city, along with the prestigious Centre for Health Science.
Currently HIE is leading a partnership to develop Inverness Campus, a highly ambitious education and business park which will be a centre for learning and research as well as a prime location for inward investment.
There are a wide range of hi-tech jobs in this region. Hear from people who have moved to the area to build their career.
One of the most ambitious projects in Scotland, Inverness Campus opened to the public in May 2015. It is a nationally and internationally significant location for business, research and education
Nigg Skills Academy (NSA) has been built at Nigg Energy Park, which was purchased by Global Energy Group in October. HIE has already committed £1.8 million to the development
Plans for a major new development on Inverness Campus have been revised following feedback on the initial proposals.
Energy sector supply chain companies across the Highlands and Islands are being encouraged by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to consider applying to the Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF).
Entrepreneurs from across the Highlands and Islands are encouraged to attend new masterclasses to help scale up their businesses.
A study into the importance of local banking services in rural areas has recommended a ‘whole system response’ to meeting the banking needs of communities and businesses.
Nearly 3,000 young people have so far taken part in an online survey into their changing attitudes and aspirations in relation to the Highlands and Islands.
Established by Farquhar Laing in 1994, Black Isle Bronze is the UK's leading bronze foundry and the largest foundry in Scotland.
The Nigg fabrication site on the Cromarty Firth was successfully purchased by Global Energy Group (GEG) in October 2011 with £1.8m funding package from HIE to help transform the largely dormant site into a multi-use modern energy park.