Our purpose

As the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland, in line with the Government Economic Strategy (GES), our purpose is to generate sustainable economic growth in every part of the Highlands and Islands.

Our vision

To make the Highlands and Islands a highly successful and competitive region so that increasing numbers of people choose to live, work, study and invest here.

Our priorities

We have four priorities we will focus on over the coming years to support Scotland's economic recovery and deliver sustainable growth across the region. These are:
• Supporting businesses and social enterprises to shape and realise their growth aspirations.
• Strengthening communities and fragile areas.
• Developing key sectors, particularly distinctive regional opportunities.
• Creating the conditions for a competitive and low-carbon region.

These set the basis for our activities across the area, but have particular significance in the fragile areas and areas of employment deficit. The former - largely remote island and mainland communities - include around 13% of the total population and continue to suffer from population loss in combination with other aspects of fragility. The latter are those facing, or potentially facing, a significant shortage of employment opportunities as a result of closure and/or structural change within their most important sectors. Tackling their difficulties is why the extensive range of interventions available to HIE, with it's economic and community remit, is essential to the progress of the region.