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Highlands and Islands Enterprise: Growing Scotland's economy by connecting over 500 businesses with specialist advisors

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) supports hundreds of client businesses – ranging from social enterprises and community-based trusts to large businesses – across a region that covers more than half of Scotland. The organisation is focused on developing key growth sectors and aims to help its client community become more international in outlook. PA works closely with HIE as a strategic partner to help the organisation achieve its goals.

In addition to supporting HIE’s management teams to deliver better and lasting outcomes for client businesses, we advise businesses directly on a wide range of issues, from digital awareness to corporate governance to market strategy. Our support draws on the experience of locally based business specialists and the extended network of PA experts in areas including energy and life sciences.  

By helping HIE clients develop digital, international and innovation programmes and by establishing a highly effective advisor network, we have helped over 500 Scottish businesses access funding, increase revenues and improve profitability. 

 “The support provided through the Specialist Advice Framework is critical to our work in supporting all our clients to grow successfully. The fresh thinking and international perspective PA brings to our partnership is helping us get more from the business advice network across the region, and we use this to benefit businesses, social enterprises and communities across the Highlands and Islands.” Colin MacBeath, Senior Business Development Manager, Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

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