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Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

www.hie.co.uk

Photograph of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for a diverse region which covers more than half of Scotland and is home to around 450,000 people.

HIE's role is to develop sustainable economic growth across the region. To achieve this it creates infrastructure for future investment, assists large and small businesses with growth aspirations and has a unique role strengthening communities, particularly in fragile areas. As part of this HIE supports communities to acquire and develop land and other assets.

HIE supports the growth ambitions of business and social enterprise clients by creating close working relationships in order to accelerate growth in turnover, profitability, wage levels, exports and therefore Gross Value Added (GVA) in the HIE area.

HIE also invests in transformational projects across the region to make the Highlands and Islands a more competitive and attractive place to live, work, study and grow.

Telephone
01847 896115

Fax
01847 893383

E-mail
thurso@hient.co.uk

Postal Address
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)
Tollemache House
High Street
Thurso
Caithness
KW14 8AZ



Opening Hours

Sunday :
Closed
Monday :
09:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday :
09:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday :
09:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday :
09:00am - 5:00pm
Friday :
09:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday :
Closed




News for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

Kite Power Reaches New Heights In ShetlandThumbnail for article : Kite Power Reaches New Heights In Shetland
A Lewis man who recently moved to Shetland has been awarded funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to help make kite energy a reality.   Rod Read set up his company, Windswept and Interesting Ltd in 2012 when he started developing kite turbines.  
Funding Boost For Orkney CheesemakerThumbnail for article : Funding Boost For Orkney Cheesemaker
Orkney Cheese Company Limited is investing in a £925,000 refurbishment project, which is set to increase production, create jobs and help the company reach new markets over the next three years.   Significant improvements will be made at the Hatston Industrial Estate based facility in Kirkwall.  
Cairngorm funicular re-opening is postponedThumbnail for article : Cairngorm funicular re-opening is postponed
The current phase of engineering works to strengthen the 1.9km viaduct that supports the railway track began in April 2021, with the aim of returning the funicular to service early next year.   However, despite strong progress made in tough conditions, HIE has concluded that the planned timescale now needs to extend into the second half of 2022.  
Graduate Support Programme - Opportunities (Caithness & Sutherland)
There are currently several opportunities, across a broad range of disciplines for Graduates, from HNC to Post Graduate, to apply for within Businesses and Social Enterprises across Caithness and Sutherland.   To register an interest please forward the following information tohilary.budge@hient.co.ukby mid-day 17th September 2021: Full Name Educational Institute Award Attained and Subject Year of Graduation(e.g., 2020) Any additional subject/graduate position interests E-Mail Address Legally permitted towork in the UK (Yes / No) Available to work from Caithness or Sutherland (Yes / No) The details provided will be forwarded to the Businesses and Social Enterprises that have current vacancies and they will arrange to contact the Graduates direct.  
Business Leaders Join Impact30 ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Business Leaders Join Impact30 Programme
Another 22 young business leaders from around the Highlands and Islands have become the latest to take part in a year-long programme aimed at developing the next generation of entrepreneurs.   The IMPACT30 programme is open to people aged 35 and under who are in key decision-making roles in young, ambitious businesses.  
Rural Leadership Programme - applications are open
For the 5th year running HIE has joined forces with SE and SOSE to fund the RLP, which is aimed at business managers and employees from rural businesses (both private/social enterprises), who have a desire to develop their leadership skills and grow their business.   In previous years farmers and land-based consultancies have dominated the cohorts, HIE are keen to promote the opportunity to rural businesses across the sectoral mix we have in our rural economy.  
Caithness Site Included For Evaluation In Major Clean Energy DevelopmentThumbnail for article : Caithness Site Included For Evaluation In Major Clean Energy Development
Plans for Caithness to become the host site for a prototype generator for one of the world's most efficient, cleanest and lowest carbon forms of energy have taken a step forward.   A bid to host the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) prototype fusion power plant was submitted by the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) in March.  
Nevis Range Unveils New Summer ProjectsThumbnail for article : Nevis Range Unveils New Summer Projects
The mountain resort will enhance its summer offering with a new blue accessed gondola trail that, once completed, will be the UK's longest uplift accessed mountain bike trail.   A new and more convenient controlled entry car parking system will also be installed for summer 2021 which will allow visitors the option to pre-purchase parking tickets online.  
HIE sets out plan for green jobs and inclusive recoveryThumbnail for article : HIE sets out plan for green jobs and inclusive recovery
Scotland's development agency for the Highlands and Islands has set out its plans to create jobs and support an inclusive and green economic recovery over the coming year.   Action for Jobs and Communities is the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) operating plan for 2021-22.  
Young Entrepreneurs Encouraged To Apply To Support ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Young Entrepreneurs Encouraged To Apply To Support Programme
IMPACT30 is a fully funded business growth programme, offering bespoke support from industry specialists.  The deadline for the next round of applications is 21 June.  

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