The Highlands group follows the Highlands & Islands
Enterprise boundaries which extend from the Shetland Isles in the
north to the Cumbraes in the South, the entire west coast and over
as far as Keith on the east coast. The region is a real mix with a
large population around Inverness contracting with remote mainland
and island communities.
The region is home to some significant forest industry processing
facilities and these include:
• James Jones & Sons Ltd : JJI Joists
production facility in Forres.
• Norbord: OSB (Oriented Strand
Board) production facility on the outskirts of
• John Gordon & Son Ltd: major sawmill
processing facility in Nairn.
sawmill facility at Fort William.
• Balcas: the UK's largest wood pellet production
facility at Invergordon.
These key businesses are important contributors to the economy
of the region and consume around 1.8m tones of round wood on an
annual basis. A significant volume of the processed material leaves
the region to other parts of the UK and beyond. They support
significant direct local employment and support a huge range of
smaller businesses right down the supply chain.
In addition to these large facilities there are numerous smaller
processing facilties throughout the region which serve, local and
Highlands events are run during the September to May period
annually and are designed to:
• Encourage cooperation within the industry
• Facilitate development of the Industry.
• Increase awareness and uptake of innovation.
• Identify further opportunities for knowledge
• Provide links between the industry, HIE, SFIC and
• Provide strategic advice and knowledge to HIE
Given the large geographical area the regional group covers we
try to alternate the location of events with Fort William and the
Inverness areas providing a good balance.
We are always open to suggestions from the industry so if you have
any that you would like to share with us please drop Stuart, the
facilitator an email (contact details above).
Our activity is supported with assistance from Highlands &
Contact Details for Highlands & Islands
Stewart Meikle, Facilitator
T: 07733 894 829