HIE flags up its record on jobs creation
An estimated 855 jobs have been created or retained through Highlands and Islands Enterprise's efforts over the last 12 months, the agency has said.
HIE supports businesses in the Northern and Westerns isles, the Highlands, Moray and Argyll.
It said its investment in these firms would help increase total turnover by £140m over the next three years.
HIE's chairman Prof Lorne Crerar has described the agency's past year as a success.
A number of major infrastructure projects moved forward over the past 12 months, including the opening of HIE's Inverness Campus at Beechwood in Inverness.
The economic development agency also supported the construction of a new south quay at the Nigg yard on the Cromarty Firth and new business premises at Sandbank near Dunoon.
HIE subsidiary Wave Energy Scotland completed its first full year in operation and its Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project was pushed on to reach 122,000 properties.
Prof Crerar said: "The current challenges facing industries, businesses and commercial growth worldwide are well documented.
"The progress we have seen in the Highlands and Islands over the past year, in the context of those challenges, is testament to the superb levels of ambition, entrepreneurship and innovation that thrives in businesses, social enterprises and communities across our region."