Highlands And Islands Enterprise - Latest Covid19 Guidance
20th March 2020
We would like to reassure you that HIE is doing all it can to gather information and work with Scottish Government to ensure that the appropriate support is reaching our communities and local economy.
We hope to soon have more detail about how to access the recently announced Scottish Government grants to help communities affected by Covid19
You will have seen new headlines emerging daily at a national and UK level with proposed measures to help individuals, businesses and communities. As detail becomes available, we will endeavour to keep you informed, and continue to identify obvious gaps to feedback to partners and government.
In the meantime we can sign-post you to the following key websites and suggest you visit these on a regular basis:
Our own website will be updated on a regular basis coupled with information updates through social media platforms
Senscot have set up a helpful website for Covid19 resources https://senscot.net/covid-19-resources/
Here are some key sector links:
Creative Industries and Heritage: XpoNorth and Creative Scotland
Tourism - Visit Scotland and STA
Federation of Small Businesses:
Our Strengthening Communities team are currently working from home without difficulty so please keep in touch and contact us on any of these landline numbers or email:
Angela Simpson 01463 383026
Martin Thomsen 01463 383176
Karina Ross 01463 575264 (Tuesday to Thursday)
We will be in touch as soon as we have more detail about support available to communities and social enterprises.
Until then, do take care
Head of Strengthening Communities - Caithness & Sutherland
DD: +44 (0)1463 383026 | Mob: +44 (0)7768 054 705| Reception: +44 (0)1463 383021
18 MARCH - LATEST NEWS FOR COMMUNITIES: https://www.gov.scot/news/helping-communities-affected-by-covid-19/
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ADVICE FOR BUSINESSES COVID 19
Community organisations in the region which are delivering, reshaping or reintroducing vital community services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, are being encouraged to check their eligibility for a Scottish Government fund. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is administering the Communities Recovery Fund (CRF) in the region.
Planning consent has been granted for a new life sciences innovation centre on Inverness Campus. The 2500m² facility is a joint project between Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the University of the Highlands and Islands.
An Isle of Lewis-based television production company has recently expanded its development team with support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Catriona Lexy Campbell has been recruited by award-winning firm, MacTV, as a development researcher to help increase the company's global appeal and to build on its success to date.
The plans were announced today (Tuesday 17 November) by ALVANCE Aluminium, operator of the Fort William plant. Responding to the news, Alastair Nicolson HIE's area manager for Skye Lochaber and Wester Ross, said:"Fort William's aluminium smelter has been a cornerstone of the Lochaber economy for generations.
Sixteen community group representatives from Shetland to Galloway will be expanding their horizons digitally this weekend as they look at the future of Scottish tourism. The group is taking part in Communities Leading in Tourism, a specialist programme offered by partners Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE), and delivered on the ground by the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA).
A business support programme aimed at developing the next generation of entrepreneurs is to be extended across the Highlands and Islands. IMPACT30 is currently operated by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in the Highland Council area, as part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.
Cairngorm will benefit from more than £20 million to make it a year-round attraction, generating significant economic benefits for the local area and Scotland's tourism sector. Funded by the Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), more than £16 million of the investment will be used to support reinstatement of Scotland's only funicular railway and bring it back into service during winter 2021-22.
Renewable energy industry groups in Scotland and Germany are joining forces to boost the production of both offshore wind energy and green hydrogen. The north of Scotland's offshore wind cluster organisation, DeepWind, has today (Wednesday 23 September 2020) signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with its German counterpart, WAB.
A project to create accommodation facilities at Kishorn dry dock in Wester Ross has secured investment of up to £94,675 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Having on-site accommodation will enhance the dock's capacity and help it attract more high-end contracts in offshore renewables and oil and gas decommissioning.
£2 million for locally-led green recovery. Island communities will benefit from a £2 million programme of locally-led green projects designed to help support their economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.