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£700k investment approved in Inner Moray Firth area from April to September
Between 1 April and 30 September, timber specialist firm, Russwood Limited, was awarded up to £149,965 in Green Jobs Funding towards the cost of automation of its manufacturing facility in Newtonmore.   More than £83,000 Green Jobs Funding was approved for the expansion of renewable energy firm, Proterra Energy Ltd, near Drumnadrochit.  
Dounreay's Robotic Collaboration Recognised By Time MagazineThumbnail for article : Dounreay's Robotic Collaboration Recognised By Time Magazine
A robot designed with help from Dounreay to safely inspect hazardous environments has been listed in Time Magazine's top 200 innovations of 2022.   The robot, known as Lyra, has been used to inspect ventilation ducts and feedback radiological information.  
Success For The Highlands And Islands At The Scottish Green Energy Awards 2022Thumbnail for article : Success For The Highlands And Islands At The Scottish Green Energy Awards 2022
Organised by Scottish Renewables, the annual awards celebrate the achievements of a wide range of organisations and individuals involved in the renewable energy sector.   The winner of the Best Community Project was Aros an Rubha.  
Business Support Programme Extended To Benefit More CompaniesThumbnail for article : Business Support Programme Extended To Benefit More Companies
The Technology Placement programme was developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) as part of the agency's role in the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.   Initially targeted at SMEs in the Highland Council area, the programme is now accessible to enterprises of any size within the same region.  
Starting A New Business or Help With Innovations Needing Advice? Check Out HIE'S NEW INNOVATION SERVICE
Now more than ever you may be considering how to do things differently - and our new innovation service can help you to get new ideas off the ground.   Innovating doesn't have to be expensive, it doesn't have to involve an invention, and it doesn't have to be big but it means different things to different businesses.  
New Help Announced For Communities To Register An Interest In Buying Land And Property
A new fund has been launched to support communities to register an early interest to be able to obtain first option to buy land or buildings being offered for sale.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which already administers the Scottish Land Fund across the country on behalf of Scottish Government, has developed the new Community Right to Buy Fund.  
New Role To Help Reverse Population Decline In North West SutherlandThumbnail for article : New Role To Help Reverse Population Decline In North West Sutherland
Boyd Alexander will have a key role in projects that support people who currently live in or are moving into the area.   He will work with agencies and other organisations on specific projects to tackle key challenges, particularly housing, as well as other issues people face when moving into the area.  
Cairngorm Funicular Reinstatement Enters Final Stages - Service Due To Relaunch Early Next Year - Final Cost £25millionThumbnail for article : Cairngorm Funicular Reinstatement Enters Final Stages - Service Due To Relaunch Early Next Year - Final Cost £25million
One of Scotland's most complex and challenging civil engineering projects of recent years - the multi-million pound reinstatement of the Cairngorm funicular railway - is entering its final stages.   One of Scotland's most complex and challenging civil engineering projects of recent years – the multi-million pound reinstatement of the Cairngorm funicular railway – is entering its final stages.  
You Could Not Make It Up - The Scottish Ferries Fiasco As HIE Enters The FrayThumbnail for article : You Could Not Make It Up - The Scottish Ferries Fiasco As HIE Enters The Fray
From time to time the problems with two new ferries being built to service the west coast islands appears in the news.   Now Highlands and Islands Enterprise has stepped into the fray to give a grant of £15,000 to The Mull and Iona Ferry Committee (MIFC) to undertake a feasibility study looking at alternative ownership of ferries through a community company who want to take over.  
Dunnet Bay Distillers To Expand And Create Jobs With Hie SupportThumbnail for article : Dunnet Bay Distillers To Expand And Create Jobs With Hie Support
Dunnet Bay Distillers to expand and create jobs with HIE support.   Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd is owned by local husband and wife team, Claire and Martin Murray and has secured up to £180,200 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for the project.  
Orbex To Build And Manage Sutherland SpaceportThumbnail for article : Orbex To Build And Manage Sutherland Spaceport
HIE has agreed a sub-lease with Moray based Orbex for the spaceport location on community-owned land on the A' Mhoine peninsula in north-west Sutherland.   HIE has been developing launch plans for several years and leases the site from Melness Crofters' Estate.  
New Uplift Being Installed At Cairngorm For Mountain Biking
Funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Aviemore based civil and environmental engineering firm McGowan Limited has been contracted by Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Limited (CMSL) to carry out the installation works.   It involves creating two 100m tracks at the lowest area of the ski slopes next to the Day Lodge.  
HIE Board Visits ShetlandThumbnail for article : HIE Board Visits Shetland
On Monday afternoon, the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) board members paid a visit to Lerwick Port Authority to hear about the plans to develop an ultra-deep-water quay at Dales Voe.  The project intends to further enhance port facilities and allow for a significant volume of future decommissioning work and offshore wind opportunities that will create many jobs.  
Dounreay Recycles 98% Of Reactor Decommissioning WasteThumbnail for article : Dounreay Recycles 98% Of Reactor Decommissioning Waste
The fuel element storage block has now been demolished.  This steel tank was 4.7m high and 2.8m in diameter, surrounded by an iron-shot concrete cylinder, and was capped off by a thick steel top plate.  
Outer Hebrides Salmon Business Expands And Creates JobsThumbnail for article : Outer Hebrides Salmon Business Expands And Creates Jobs
An Outer Hebrides salmon producer, which is undergoing a refit project at a facility it recently purchased has secured £72,685 investment from HIE.   Salar Smokehouse Ltd currently produces a range of smoked salmon products from a site at Loch Carnan, South Uist.  
Household Survey In Highlands And Islands Highlights Investment NeedsThumbnail for article : Household Survey In Highlands And Islands Highlights Investment Needs
HIE has published the findings of its My Life in the Highlands and Islands survey, carried out by IPSOS at the start of the year.   More than 5,300 people over the age of 16 living in 4,442 households across the region responded to the study.  
First Containers Sealed Into Dounreay Low Level Waste VaultsThumbnail for article : First Containers Sealed Into Dounreay Low Level Waste Vaults
Dounreay's waste team is carrying out the first in a series of campaigns to seal the waste into place in the low level waste vaults.   As part of the waste disposal process, the spaces between the containers in the low level waste vault are being filled with grout.  
Exploring Cairngorm's Geothermal PotentialThumbnail for article : Exploring Cairngorm's Geothermal Potential
A feasibility study is getting under way to explore the potential to use natural heat, miles below the Earth's surface, as a renewable energy source at Cairngorm Mountain.   HIE and resort operator Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Ltd have commissioned independent engineering consultants Arup to lead the study.  
Highlands And Islands Museums To Get Global Reach With AppThumbnail for article : Highlands And Islands Museums To Get Global Reach With App
Five museums across the region will be selected to share their collections, which can range from 100 to 1,000 objects with audiences across the world.   XpoNorth Digital has partnered with Smartify, the world's most downloaded museum app with more than 3 million history and art loving users.  
Highlands And Islands Latest Business Panel Survey ResultsThumbnail for article : Highlands And Islands Latest Business Panel Survey Results
A survey carried out in June and July this year (2022), indicated that most businesses in the Highlands and Islands were operating at either the same or above their pre-pandemic levels.   However, it also showed a significant decline in exporting activity and in the level of confidence in Scotland's economic outlook.