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First Tenant For New Life Sciences Innovation Centre
Medical device consultancy, iDE8, has leased two laboratories and an office in the facility from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The company was formed in 2017 and currently employs seven people.  
11/3/2023
Credit Union Lending Reaches Record Levels As UK Borrowing Costs RiseThumbnail for article : Credit Union Lending Reaches Record Levels As UK Borrowing Costs Rise
The figures were revealed as the government plans new rules for the sector, allowing it to deliver more products including car finance.   Figures from the Bank of England show that credit unions are lending record sums to UK customers, as the cost of borrowing continues to rise.  
Support For Highland Businesses From Highland Council Loan CompanyThumbnail for article : Support For Highland Businesses From Highland Council Loan Company
Highland Opportunity (Investments) Limited HO(I)L, The Highland Council's business loan company has launched its first social media campaign to make Highland businesses and community organisations aware of its loan funds.   HO(I)L has financially supported more than 1,200 local start-up businesses, community organisations and growth projects within the Highland Business community since it was established in 1986.  
Marine Sectors Offer Transformational Opportunities For Highlands And IslandsThumbnail for article : Marine Sectors Offer Transformational Opportunities For Highlands And Islands
The Blue Economy in the Highlands and Islands report was commissioned by HIE and carried out by ekosgen.   It explored the wide range of marine related industries and activities, from aquaculture to marine tourism, and points to the ‘natural advantages' of the Highlands and Islands.  
Ulva Ferry Waterfront Project Awarded Almost £250kThumbnail for article : Ulva Ferry Waterfront Project Awarded Almost £250k
Ulva Ferry is situated on the far western coast of the Isle of Mull, with a 40-minute drive on single track roads to the nearest town of Tobermory.   The £852,475 project is being taken forward by the Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT), which has led several projects at Ulva Ferry for more than a decade.  
Caithness Jobs And How To Get Them - Event Back After The Covid YearsThumbnail for article : Caithness Jobs And How To Get Them - Event Back After The Covid Years
Join us on the 11th of March 2023 for Caithness' biggest and best jobs, careers, training and recruitment event.  This event is free to attend and all are welcome! Meet real employers and hear about their industries and any vacancies they currently have.  
£2.8m For Research and Development Project That Will Create 500 Jobs
A major research and developments project expected to create up to 500 jobs is underway in the Highlands after securing £2.8 million investment from HIE If successful, the £14m R&D spend by Ross-shire Engineering Limited (RSE), will more than treble the company's turnover and further its ambition for the region to be a centre of excellence for sustainable water treatment technology.   With its main operations in Muir of Ord and offices in Inverness, RSE already employs more than 800 people in Scotland and 1,450 in the RSE Group.  
Procurement At Dounreay - Information About How To Work With Dounreay As A Supplier.Thumbnail for article : Procurement At Dounreay - Information About How To Work With Dounreay As A Supplier.
Commercial pipelines provide a forward look at potential commercial activity within a department.  The information presented is for reference only and reflects the Dounreay anticipated procurement pipeline.  
Social Enterprises Important To The Region
Social enterprises are a critical part of the rural economy contributing £197m in the Highlands and Islands - up £32m since 2019.   This is according to recent figures released by the Social Enterprise in Scotland: Census 2021.  
NDA Group Showcase Skills And Expertise In WestminsterThumbnail for article : NDA Group Showcase Skills And Expertise In Westminster
The NDA group are showcasing their contribution to the UK, including skills, community investment and career opportunities, at the NIA's Nuclear Week in Parliament.   The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group are showcasing their contribution to the UK, including skills, community investment and career opportunities, at the Nuclear Industry Association's Nuclear Week in Parliament.  
New Board Member Wanted For Highlands And Islands Enterprise
Scottish Ministers are looking to fill a non-executive director position on the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Board, with the new appointee expected to start a three-year term in May.   With around 300 staff based across the region, HIE aims to grow successful, productive, and resilient businesses; create conditions for growth, and build strong, capable, and resourceful communities.  
Report Highlights Importance Of The Region's Social Enterprises
Social enterprises are a critical part of the rural economy contributing £197m in the Highlands and Islands - up £32m since 2019.   This is according to recent figures released by the Social Enterprise in Scotland: Census 2021.  
Businesses Taking Action To Support Employees In Cost Crisis
The vast majority of businesses in the Highlands and Islands have been taking action to support their employees in response to the cost crisis.   This is according to Scotland's latest Rural Business Survey commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), South of Scotland Enterprise, and the Scottish Government.  
HIE Business Panel Survey - October/November 2022Thumbnail for article : HIE Business Panel Survey - October/November 2022
This report presents findings from the most recent wave of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise business panel survey carried out in October and November 2022.   The survey was carried out while the UK was experiencing increased inflation, a cost of living crisis, and entering a recession.  
23 Businesses To Fast Track With Accelerator ProgrammeThumbnail for article : 23 Businesses To Fast Track With Accelerator Programme
Twenty-three businesses from the Highlands and Islands have started the latest edition of a four-month programme aimed at putting them on the fast track to success.  Pathfinder Accelerator is led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  The programme provides fast-track training and mentoring for entrepreneurs looking to build a company or launch a new product.   The twelfth group to start on the programme since it began in 2018 met at the launch day at An Lòchran, Inverness Campus on 12 January.  
NDA Launches New Group Graduate ProgrammeThumbnail for article : NDA Launches New Group Graduate Programme
The NDA group calls on graduates to help deliver its mission and take part in the one of the most important environmental programmes in the world.   The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group is calling on graduates to help deliver its mission and take part in the one of the most important environmental programmes in the world.  
WorkerTech newsletter: December 2022 - The latest update from Resolution Ventures
I you are looking for finance ideas in the tech sector it may well be worth taking time to read through the newsletter at the Resolution Foundation and subscribe to get it regularly.   This newsletter is packed full of ideas and places to look at for finance or advice.  
New Ev Charging Points At Inverness Campus - Free No More But Still Low Cost ChargingThumbnail for article : New Ev Charging Points At Inverness Campus - Free No More But Still Low Cost Charging
HIE is increasing the number of charging points at Inverness Campus from two to six; each of which can charge two vehicles simultaneously.   The agency is also planning to install a charger at its office in Benbecula, adding to its EV charging points at Inverness Campus and Enterprise Park Forres.  
£1.9m Investment Approved By HIE In Argyll And Islands Over Six MonthsThumbnail for article : £1.9m Investment Approved By HIE In Argyll And Islands Over Six Months
Between 1 April and 30 September, Arran Aromatics was awarded up to £80,226 for the development of a new filling line.  More than £38,000 was approved for the development of a new remote restaurant at Ballygown on Mull, and Bute Island Foods was awarded more than £43,000 for training support.  
Young Entrepreneurs Join Business Support ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Young Entrepreneurs Join Business Support Programme
IMPACT30 is led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and delivered by business skills training consultancy, Skillfluence.   The fully funded business growth programme for people aged 35 and under who are in key decision-making roles in young ambitious entrepreneurs, offers bespoke support from industry specialists.