Strong results for HIE
DESPITE uncertainties around the future of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), endof-year reports show a strong performance by businesses and communities supported by the development agency.
Investments by HIE during 2016/17 across the region created or retained 1,688 full-time equivalent jobs in the region, 169 of them in fragile areas.
Turnover among these firms is forecast to increase by £120.4 million.
The Scottish Land Fund, administered by HIE and Big Lottery on behalf of the Scottish Government, was extended to all communities across Scotland, and in 2016/17 the fund awarded more than £4 million to 54 projects, 31 of which were in the Highlands and Islands.