Prior to Christmas the Port of Inverness released its Annual Report for 2016 and launched the Strategic Plan for the next 10 Years.
The key highlight in the Annual Report was an increase in turnover to £1.5m, resulting in a surplus of £219,000. Over the last 12 months the Port continued to reinvest in the facilities and completed an extension to a transit shed to accommodate a new cargo. Commenting, Chief Executive Sinclair Browne said, “These are an exceptionally strong set of results with the Port having been busy across a range of sectors. The Port continues to play an important role in the Inverness and wider Highland economy. Not only must we thank our existing loyal customers, but, also our hard working and dedicated staff both of whom have been central to this strong performance.”
The Port has also launched its Strategic Plan covering the next 10 years up to 2027. At its heart is the desire for the Port to be a progressive, vibrant driver of growth for Inverness and the Highlands and to be recognised as such by the community and by industry. Sinclair Browne added, “There are some key short and longer term objectives and we want to increase our visibility within the community. We also want to continue to develop the Port’s infrastructure and facilities to benefit not only our stakeholders but also existing and new users.”
Under the Port’s ownership is a large tract of prime waterfront land out to and beyond the Kessock Bridge where the aim is to create a fitting Gateway to the Highlands. Sinclair Browne continued, “The intention is to work with stakeholders, independent developers and local and national government agencies to progress the development of a world class waterfront development to deliver an economic hub that will benefit not only the city, but, the wider Highland Region.”