Stimulating growth and fostering ambition with the businesses and social enterprises that operate across the Highlands and Islands lies at the heart of our remit. Growth businesses create employment opportunities and attract people and investment into the region. Social enterprises do likewise and play a key role in our most rural areas, bringing both economic and community benefit.
Through our account management approach we provide bespoke solutions and a wide range of support, including access to national and international services and expertise.
Building on this holistic approach we will promote and encourage adoption of the Scottish Business Pledge, articulating the benefits to both businesses and to the wider society.
We focus our efforts on organisations that aspire to grow and develop, helping to improve their competitiveness and productivity, leading to an increase in their turnover, the size of their workforce, their appetite for innovation, research and development, and increasing activity in international markets.
Working with existing exporters, as well as helping others to export for the first time, is a core component of our work.
The support we provide complements that of Business Gateway and other partners to ensure that we maximise the impact derived from public sector assistance across the region.
HIE account management is geared towards supporting ambitious businesses with plans for growth which will have an impact on the regional economy. Representatives of businesses and social enterprises who wish to explor the possibility of becoming account managed by HIE are welcome to contact their local HIE Area Team. Staff there will be happy to provide guidance.
We plan to enhance our support to businesses, with increased focus on those issues that directly affect productivity. The following are therefore the priority areas for our support to growing businesses and social enterprises, and through our account managers and specialist advisers, we will work to build further growth and resilience in our business base:
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