Leader of Highland Council – Councillor Margaret Davidson
“I am delighted to be able to promote the latest edition of the Scottish Cities Alliance pitch book, and in particular to highlight the opportunities that it offers to investors and developers interested in locating to Inverness and the Highlands.
The Inverness Campus is a high quality development purpose built for commerce, learning and for collaborating. It will help to consolidate the city’s well-earned reputation as a centre for innovation in the Life Sciences, the Creative Industries as well as a key Tourism location.
The growth of the numbers of passengers using Inverness Airport, closing fast on 1 million passengers per annum, is having a favourable impact upon the development of the Inverness Airport Business Park. The development offers a wide range of property opportunities immediately adjacent to the airport. There are plans for a hotel at the site already, and the airport business park is very well located in terms of transport infrastructure. The A96 will be fully upgraded to dual carriageway by 2030, and a new rail halt will be in place in the next few years providing improved connectivity to Inverness and to Aberdeen.”
Inverness is the fastest growing city in Scotland with 15% growth in population since 2001. It is one of the best UK retail investment locations and is home to the UK’s newest university, the University of the Highlands and Islands and Lifescan Scotland, the country’s largest life science business.
Key sectors for employment include energy, tourism, life sciences, construction, public sector, financial and business services sectors. Both the Nigg Energy Park and Port of Cromarty Firth have strong links with the oil & gas and renewables sectors with the Nigg Energy Park also benefiting from Enterprise Area status.
Inverness has an abundance of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery, with the Cairngorms National Park on its doorstep, offering easy access to a vast range of outdoor pursuits as well as world renowned golf courses.
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