Entitled ‘Maximising the Marine Economy in the Highlands and Islands’ (MAXiMAR), the study focuses on supporting the growth of aquaculture, energy and marine biotechnology which are the most highly innovative sectors.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) led the wide-ranging consortium to conduct the study which is known as a science and innovation audit’ (SIA) and is part of a UK Government sponsored series of audits.
Opportunities highlighted in the report include building on the existing research, testing and demonstration infrastructure to meet the needs of the industry, growing innovation in the sector and expanding the skills base, as well as attracting new businesses to the region.
Organised by the Scottish Government in conjunction with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Arctic Day will provide a free and public forum for debates and knowledge-exchange on the past, present and future of Scottish-Arctic connections.
Scotland-based experts will be joined by a number of international speakers to stimulate discussions on current and future bridges between Scotland and the High North.
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The Hebridean Seaweed Company Ltd, a seaweed processor based in the Isle of Lewis, has started work on a new £7m expanded facility after receiving £659,000 from Highlands & Islands Enterprise.
The money will support a £914,000 project to develop new fish farming pens that can be used in offshore environments, while increasing productivity and improving fish welfare.
The AAI fund was launched in 2017 as a 30-month pilot programme, led by HIE, and delivered in partnership with Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC). It offers SMEs in the aquaculture supply chain in the Highlands and Islands the opportunity of match funding to help commercialise innovative new processes, products, services or technologies.
Xanthella Ltd was one of 10 companies rewarded for their commitment to sustainability in this year's VIBES - Scottish Environment Business Awards. Full details of about VIBES can be found here - http://www.vibes.org.uk/news/2018/good-vibes-for-scottish-businesses-supporting-sustainable-development/