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Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Street address: Cowan House, Inverness Retail and Business Park, Inverness IV2 7GF, Scotland, United Kingdom
Telephone: 44 (0) 1463 234171
Fax: 44 (0) 1463 244469
Contact: Sandy Cumming CBE Chief Executive
Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) was established as a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) through the Enterprise and New Towns (Scotland) Act 1990. With Scottish Enterprise, HIE and its local enterprise companies work to deliver economic development across Scotland. The prime role of HIE is to take all possible and appropriate operational action to meet the agreed strategic objectives of Smart, Successful Scotland, (the Scottish Executive's Strategy document resulting from the Enterprise Networks Review in 2000).
As an NDPB, HIE is supervised by a Chairman and Board whose non-executive directors have collective responsibility for the control and management of the bodies. The Chairmen and non-executive directors are appointed by Scottish Ministers.
The LECs are companies limited by guarantee, wholly owned by HIE, with an independent board of directors, including representatives of private businesses in their areas, and members from each of the Local Authorities in the LEC area.
HIE's principal functions include;
- preparing, concerting, promoting, assisting and undertaking measures for the economic and social development of the Highlands and Islands;
- enhancing skills and capacities relevant to employment in the Highlands and Islands and assisting persons to establish themselves as self-employed there; and
- furthering improvement of the environment of the Highlands and Islands.
HIE's activities include: provision of business support services, delivery of training and learning programmes, assistance for community and cultural projects and measures for environmental renewal. These activities are primarily delivered by ten Local Enterprise Companies (LECs).
These activities include support for the Arts and Creative Industries. In 1991, HIE set up HI~Arts as a body to drive forward development in the arts and cultural sector across the region. HIE currently provides HI~Arts with funding of £168,000 for special arts and cultural development projects as well as the £104,000 mainstream activities and running costs.
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Date updated: 29 March 2006
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