Media Release: Highlands and Islands businesses invited to showcase Scotland’s future

HIGHLANDS and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is sponsoring an event in Glasgow which will bring together businesses and researchers who are developing the next generation of technological innovations.

Local technology businesses are being invited to take part in the showcase at the SECC on May 26. It offers opportunities for businesses developing innovative products and services to target new markets or those looking for technological solutions to see what is being developed.

The Scottish Technology Showcase 2010, which is being hosted by Scottish Enterprise, will cater for a wide range of industries and is focusing on four themes; digital economy, low carbon economy, health innovation and high value manufacturing.

Alex Paterson, HIE director of Regional Competitiveness, says the development agency is keen to see local businesses represented at the event.

“Our region has many businesses who are investing in innovative ways to develop products and grow their business. This includes everything from IT specialists creating revolutionary healthcare IT systems, builders developing forward thinking low carbon products and renewable energy developers shaping our future power provision.

“We had a fabulous response to the Highlands and Islands two day event, Innovate Scotland, in Aviemore last year. This showcase will also provide a world stage for the ever growing examples of innovative work from Highlands and Islands businesses, and we would like to hear from local potential exhibitors.

“One likely high spot for businesses this year is the Funding Zone, being introduced for the first time. It will offer expert advice on how to find and access innovation funding.”

The showcase will feature an exhibition hall, face to face meetings, workshop sessions and expert speakers. The one day event is expected to attract over 700 delegates. Admission for delegates is free. Further details are available at

Notes to editor

The Scottish Technology Showcase 2010 offers the opportunity to access innovative products and technologies aimed at providing practical solutions to real business challenges. It aims to assist business and research delegates to:

- keep pace with a huge range of emerging technologies
– network and collaborate with a range of businesses
– share ideas
– meet a broad mix of key industry decision makers
– attend free demos and seminars
– get expert advice on funding sources

About HIE

HIE’s role is to develop sustainable economic growth across the region. To achieve this it creates infrastructure for future investment, assists large and small businesses with growth aspirations and has a unique role strengthening communities, particularly in fragile areas.

HIE supports the growth ambitions of business and social enterprise clients by creating close working relationships in order to accelerate growth in turnover, profitability, wage levels, exports and therefore Gross Value Added (GVA) in the HIE area.

HIE also invests in transformational projects across the region to make the Highlands and Islands a more competitive and attractive place to live, work, study and grow.

The region covered by HIE takes in more than half of Scotland, and is home to around 440,000 people. See for more information.

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