Our Focus is Collaboration. Our Priority is Jobs

Gathering regional intelligence to inform national decisions is a vital part of our job.

That’s what this week’s meeting of the Economy, Energy and Fair Work committee of MSPs was all about.

Previously, we would have travelled to Edinburgh to appear in front of the committee but instead, HIE finance director Nick Kenton and I shared the screen with colleagues from our sister organisations, Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise and Business Gateway.

The Committee were keen to understand how we’ve responded to the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19, and how we plan to help drive Scotland’s recovery.

I took the opportunity to point out the disproportionately severe impacts the pandemic has had on the businesses and communities of the Highlands and Islands, and how HIE had moved swiftly to respond.

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