Inverness and Highlands City Region Deal

Through the Inverness and Highlands City Region Deal, the UK Government is working together with the Scottish Government, Highland Council, partners and the private sector to make Inverness and the Highlands even better places to live, work and visit.

City Region Deals are agreements between the UK Government, Scottish Government, local authorities and partners to invest in cities and regions.

The Inverness and Highlands City Region Deal

The UK and Scottish Governments along with The Highland Council and its partners will together invest £315 million into the region through the deal.  The money is being used to build new infrastructure, attract more businesses and good quality jobs, and increase visitor numbers to the region.  This will boost the region’s economy and improve public services in Inverness and the Highlands.

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Projects that are already benefitting from the City Region Deal include the Ness WiFi rollout and the Life Sciences Centre and the Northern Innovation Hub.

Ness WiFi

Ness WiFi roll has been rolled out in Inverness and across the Highlands, from Thurso in the north, to Portee in the west. Fast and reliable internet connections are vital for encouraging more people to live, work and study in the region. Investment in wifi is helping the Highlands to become the most digitally connected rural region in Europe.

Life Sciences Centre

The Life Sciences Centre, which is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, was built using City Region Deal investment. The world-class centre is bringing together researchers, healthcare professionals and businesses to further improve the quality of patient care that is delivered in remote and rural communities throughout the Highlands.

Northern Innovation Hub

The Northern Innovation Hub is helping businesses increase their competitiveness and boost productivity, driving innovation through better networking at both national and international levels.
It’s all about sustainable growth: through jobs, planning for the future, innovation and attracting inward investment.  The Northern Innovation Hub aims to ensure that higher-skilled and better-paid jobs are created, and that young people will wish to enter or remain in the area.

More information about City Deals

City Region Deals invest in projects that drive regional economic growth and create jobs.  The UK Government is working to agree deals covering every part of Scotland.

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