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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Saturday, 1 January, 1966
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Highlands and Islands
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Ocean Energy Europe
Vanguard Initiative
Scottish Renewables
Scottish Council for Development and Industry
MIT Industrial Liaison Program
CLUSTERS3 Interreg project
Cluster Management Team: 
ECCP Responsible Person
+44 (0) 3000 134 931
ECCP Responsible Person
+44 (0) 3000 135 475
ECCP Responsible Person
+44 (0) 3000 134 850
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Technology fields: 
Wind energy
S3 EU priority areas: 
Offshore mining, oil & gas
Power generation / renewable sources
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Energy production and distribution from ocean energy sources (as detailed on the [email protected] Platform: http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/regions/ukm?s3pv=1)
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
European Marine Energy Centre
Technology Center
Glasgow School of Art
Research Organisation
The Scottish Association for Marine Science
Research Organisation
Global Energy Group
Larger Company
University of the Highlands and Islands
Lifescan Scotland Ltd
Larger Company
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy

We are the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland. Our purpose is to generate sustainable economic growth across the Highlands and Islands.

HIE’s role is to lead regional growth and development, to seek investment opportunities that will be a catalyst for change, and to ensure that the Highlands and Islands derives maximum benefit from existing and emerging opportunities. Working with partners, stakeholders, businesses and communities, we have improved the region’s competitiveness and tackled the inequalities associated with sparsity, peripherality and the historically narrow economic base.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) provides bespoke solutions and a wide range of support services to businesses and social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands region, including access to national and international services and expertise. A key aspect of this is operationalising smart specialisation strategies (RIS/S3) via innovation and supply-chain development projects.

HIE's energy team works closely with SMEs and larger companies to develop the region's supply-chain capability and capacity. HIE focusses efforts on organisations that aspire to grow and develop, helping to improve their competitiveness and productivity, leading to an increase in their turnover, the size of their workforce, their appetite for innovation, research and development, and increasing activity in international markets.

As the Scottish Government’s innovation agency for the Highlands and Islands, HIE uses a range of diagnostic tools, products and services to stimulate greater levels of business R&D and close-to-market innovation, improving business productivity and competitiveness.

HIE's energy team promotes the agency's support for businesses and social enterprises, both as a potential source of funding and as a provider of information and advice. Where appropriate, HIE facilitates access to other funding sources such as e.g. the Scottish Investment Bank, local authority loan funds, competitive EU funding etc. Investment readiness advice is also available to social investors and banks for HIE's account managed social enterprises.



Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Basque Energy Cluster (Cluster de Energía) (Europe)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)

Rural Innovation and Business Systems - Interreg NPP 2007-2013

REGINA - Interreg NPA 2012-2020

ClusterS3 - Interreg Europe 2014-2020

Co-Innovate - Interreg VA

Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) a working partnership between HIE, Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Futures Trust and sector specialists. Provides a range of support mechanisms to support development of low-carbon projects

Wave and Tidal Energy Research Support (WATERS) Forms part of a suite of measures to accelerate development of a wide range of renewable energy technologies. Supports early development of wave and tidal technologies, capture key data, produce reports and increase carbon savings.

National Renewable Infrastructure Programme (NRIP) Implementation of the Scottish Renewables rourtemap, supporting a range of projects: funding to support off-shore rebnewables, for infrastructure and technology development in marine technology, for scaling up of communities and renewable energy scheme, and for a local energy investment fund pilot investing on behalf of communities in commercial renewables projects

Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) Providing loans, guarantees and equity investments to support renewables projects at the test or commercialisation phase

Wave Energy Scotland WES is funding the develeopment of innovative technologies to produce efficient and reliable components and subsytems which will form the basis of the cost effective generation of wave energy in Scotland. In the first 2 years WES awarded £15 million across 51 projects.

Ocean Power Innovation Network


Relevant Project References: 
Currently involved in CLUSTERS3, an Interreg project due to be completed in 2020.
Success Story / Achievements: 

We are currently working closely with partners on CLUSTERS3, a 4 year Interreg project, we have recently undertaken a baselining study and are due to embark on a peer review of clusters in our region in early 2017.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

We have experience of working closely with industry in sectors and informal (not accredited) clusters. We have an interest in how clusters could work in a rural environment, including possibilities around virtual clusters, and solutions for SME's in rural areas, widely dispersed as well as more typical clusters.