Highlands and Islands Workforce Attracting Global Interest From Business Services Sector
With business service companies actively recruiting across the region the Head of Inward Investment at Highlands and Islands Enterprise says that the skills and reputation of the region's workforce is attracting strong interest from global investors.
Following last week's announcement of a further 30 jobs in Moray with Capita, Sensée, which is the leading UK-based provider of employed home-based advisers for contact centres, is hoping to fill 45 positions from across the region. Further global companies including Vertex, Capgemini and Atos are also recruiting.
The agency's Head of Inward Investment, Alison Wilson, said: "Of over 50 investment enquiries HIE is dealing with just now more than 30% are in the business services sector. This interest is coming both from firms already operating in the Highlands and Islands who are planning expansion and from new investors considering a move into the region.
"HIE has been working directly with the industry for many years, supporting business growth, leadership and skills training, and piloting innovative working models. This work is seeing results, and our businesses' award winning reputation in customer care and for delivering exceptional returns for their clients is bringing real investment to the area."
The sector offers career paths across a diverse range of specialisms including retail, finance, IT, legal and medical. HIE is collating a skills register to highlight the region's talent and to keep its members informed of new opportunities in the sector.
Alison added: "We are seeing considerable potential for further growth in the pipeline and with that in mind we have created the skills register. We are calling for those with relevant skills to sign up. The data will allow us to demonstrate the skills and expertise available here and to secure valuable work for the Highlands and Islands."
For more information on the skills register see www.hie.co.uk/skillsregister
Hydrasun, a leading specialist provider of integrated fluid transfer, power and control solutions to the global energy market, is looking to expand its operations with a Â£3M investment in its specialist manufacturing facility in Aviemore. This is also being supported by a Â£500,000 development grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
A new Â£11.3 million innovation centre dedicated to helping Scotland capitalise on the growing market in analytics and â€˜big dataâ€™ technology is set to open later this year. The investment is projected to return a minimum of 345 new jobs and an additional Â£155 million of value to the Scottish Economy.
Homes and businesses in Lerwick on Shetland are set to be Scotlandâ€™s first island community to get fibre broadband as part of the Â£410 million Digital Scotland partnership. Lerwick joins Keith in Moray as the latest areas to be announced as part of the Digital Highlands and Islands project which will deliver fibre broadband to 84% of premises across the region by 2016.
Food and drink businesses across the Highlands and Islands and within the Cairngorms National Park area have just days left before the deadline to enter the regionâ€™s largest and most prestigious food and drink industry awards. As the Wednesday, 23 April deadline approaches for entries for this yearâ€™s Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards, sponsored by Gordon & MacPhail and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), organisers are calling on the areaâ€™s food and drink businesses to make sure they donâ€™t miss the closing date.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is delighted to announce Natural Retreats, a specialist leisure and travel company, as the new operator of Cairngorm Mountain, taking effect in June 2014. Natural Retreats are renowned for offering customers and guests high quality tourism based experiences in some of the most dramatic natural locations around the world.
Highlands and Islands businesses are at the forefront of showcasing Scottish food and drink in Singapore as part of two international events. Eight companies from the region are part of an 18 strong Scottish delegation participating in a trade mission to Singapore on 6-10th April in a bid to crack one of the worldâ€™s wealthiest economies.
he marine energy sector is to benefit from Â£6 million in funding to further develop testing of new wave and tidal energy prototypes in the seas around Scotland. Scottish Enterprise is launching the third round of the remaining competitive funding from the initial WATERS fund in collaboration with Highlands & Islands Enterprise.
Wick Harbour Authority is making progress with its plans to create a heavy-lift facility on the commercial quay at Wick harbour, with contractors Gunns Lybster Ltd having now begun the work. The project, and its associated dredging works, was supported by CNSRP partners HIE and NDA respectively and is the first of several proposed phases of work to position the harbour as a key player in the energy sector, with the current focus being on potential to benefit from the development of Offshore Wind in the Moray Firth.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Chief Executive Alex Paterson has been visiting a Thurso factory where two battery manufacturing firms are powering ahead under new ownership. HIE has supported the smooth change-over for new investors at AGM Batteries and ABSL Power Solutions, which were previously owned by US-based multinational Enersys Inc.
The first residential course for the ScotGrad Graduate Placement Programme in the Highlands and Islands took place this week. The 18 graduates who attended the tailored business skills course are employed to work on innovative projects by organisations across the area.
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