Highlands and Islands Enterprise (UK)
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is an ambitious organisation with a unique remit from the Scottish Government that integrates economic and community development. We work in a diverse region which extends from Shetland to Argyll, and from the Outer Hebrides to Moray, covering more than half of Scotland’s land mass. We recognise the importance of the cultural sector to social and economic growth, and as such support a range of cultural activities in rural areas, as well as providing targeted business support to ‘creative / cultural’ social enterprises and businesses. We can share our experiences of community-based approaches and business models to enhance economic growth within very remote and rural communities. We can also share our experiences of encouraging young people in education and employment opportunities in culture and creative industries sector.
Role in CUPIDO
HIE focuses on the local resources, mainly within work packages 4&5, hopes to work with European and local partners to commercialise rural communities’ cultural heritage assets by the use of digital to support innovation and enterprise. HIE fully supports new collaborations between the academic sector and cultural social enterprises/businesses on the theme of digital technologies and practices. We will focus on innovative ways to engage and involve young people in local activities.