William Roe, chair of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) welcomed John Swinney’s announcement this afternoon.
He said: “This endorsement of HIE’s work is particularly encouraging given the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans for building sustainable growth.”
“Initiating some changes to our operation but retaining the core format through which we have delivered our results, provides us with a sound platform for future performance.
“We are delighted to be able to reassure our staff that there will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of these changes.
“Local enterprise company boards will be removed from March 2008 and we take this opportunity to thank serving members, and those who have served in the past, for
their valuable and voluntary contribution to Highlands and Islands Enterprise. We hope they will still continue to contribute in the future.
“HIE’s aim is to increase engagement to at least 500 business and community leaders under the new arrangements.