Although considerable Dounreay-related employment has been seen as drawn from science and engineering disciplines, the skills base at the Dounreay site has always been broader, with significant administration, financial and human resource experience available. As the area economy broadens and diversifies away from its reliance upon Dounreay-related work, the partners in CNSRP will focus support efforts on key sectoral opportunities in financial management, contact centres, back office work etc.
HIE, Highland Council (through Highland Opportunity Ltd and Business Gateway), the NDA – through its socio-economic fund and the North Highland Regeneration Fund – will each have a role in supporting existing local companies to grow.
HIE’s account-managed companies will be supported to grow, and Business Gateway will work with HIE to ensure that a “pipeline” of companies with growth potential is available in key business services such as financial, back office and IT support. Financial and advisory support to non account-managed companies and new business start-up companies will be available through Business Gateway, Highland Opportunity Ltd and the North Highland Regeneration Fund.
Opportunities also exist to bring new companies into the area. HIE commissioned a series of research studies on specific business services opportunities within contact centre industry, home-working, higher- value back office functions, public sector relocations etc. These identified market opportunities, and HIE is working with Scottish Development International to follow up individual target companies with specific proposition materials on the area and its assets.