HIE Stornoway staff join council staff at its HQ

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Staff at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in Stornoway have joined Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Comhairle) at its headquarters on Sandwick Road.

HIE and Business Gateway are co-locating with the Comhairle’s economic development team at the public sector building.

The move will build on the collaborative approach HIE and the local authority have and will provide a central point to all the islands’ business community.

The relocation will significantly reduce HIE’s overhead costs while freeing up the privately-owned premises on James Street for other interested tenants.

Rachel Mackenzie, area manager at HIE’s Outer Hebrides team, said: ‘The move will not only benefit HIE, the Comhairle and Business Gateway, but also the businesses, community bodies and social enterprises looking to access the services we provide.

‘Our focus is on delivering our key priorities of growing successful, productive and resilient businesses, creating the conditions for growth and building strong capable and resourceful communities.

‘This relocation gives us a unique opportunity to collaborate more and have a better offering for our clients.’