Work Inverness • Obraich an Inbhir nis
Inverness is an important centre for trade and commerce for the wider Highlands and Islands. As the City grows it is developing all the key characteristics of a successful city:-
- A Connected City – with strong digital and transport infrastructure
- A Sustainable City, looking to maximise the benefits of its transition to a low carbon economy
- A Knowledge City that supports high performing research and educational institutions alongside high value sectors supported by a high quality labour pool
- A Vibrant and Cultural City with its own distinct quality of place, amenities, retail and cultural offerings
Inverness is the gateway to many of Scotland’s major tourism destinations and as such tourism is a key business sector - as are retail, construction, public administration, IT services and commercial activities related to the primary industries of forestry, agriculture and fisheries which form an important part of the Highland economy. Many new industries are also now being attracted to the city - notably renewables, with two of Scotland’s leading wave and tidal companies based in the city. The Global Energy Group, who are developing the nearby Nigg Fabrication Yard into a major hub for the energy sector, has a base in the city.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise's plan to create the £100m Inverness Campus should lead to the creation of 6,000 jobs over the next 30 years and Inverness College UHI has already started work there on its new £50m building. Similarly, The Centre for Health Science symbolises the City’s ambition to be a centre for the research and development of medical devices and bio-technology.