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22/3/2017
Independent Panel Established For £3m Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm FundThumbnail for article : Independent Panel Established For £3m Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Fund
An independent panel has been established to review applications and determine which projects will receive funding from the £3 million Beatrice Partnership Fund.   The Beatrice Partnership Fund, which was launched in December 2016 and is associated with the Beatrice offshore wind farm currently under construction in the Moray Firth, is part of a wider package of benefits being offered by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL), the joint venture partnership behind the wind farm.  
22/3/2017
8,000 childcare staff to earn the living wage
Scotland's early learning and childcare (ELC) expansion plans will be built on a foundation of fairness and equality, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed this week.   Currently, around 80% of practitioners and half of supervisors in the private and third sector providers that deliver the Scottish Government's 600 hours of free ELC are not paid the Living Wage.  
22/3/2017
Food And Drink Figures Mostly Up Except DairyThumbnail for article : Food And Drink Figures Mostly Up Except Dairy
Seafood and whisky exports increase but Dairy down Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion.   The latest figures show an 8% increase in the value of exports to Scotland's successful food and drink sector over the past year.  
22/3/2017
Brexit and Indyref2 will act as brake on growth, report findsThumbnail for article : Brexit and Indyref2 will act as brake on growth, report finds
Scotland's economy continues to recover - but political uncertainty over Brexit and Indyref2 will act as brake on growth, report finds.   Recovery in the Scottish economy is forecast to continue this year but will remain weak with little hope of a sharp increase in growth, according to a new report published today by Scotland's leading independent economic research institute.  
22/3/2017
Caithness To Moray Energy Link On TargetThumbnail for article : Caithness To Moray Energy Link On Target
Energy firm Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has announced an "important milestone" in its £1.1billion Caithness-Moray undersea link project.   The company said new equipment installed at its Dounreay substation had been "successfully energised" as part of reinforcement work on power connections in the area.  
22/3/2017
Increased Funding For Digital Skills
£36 million available to Scottish business.   A new digital growth fund will be announced by the First Minister this week.  
22/3/2017
Record year for food and drink exportsThumbnail for article : Record year for food and drink exports
Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion.   The latest figures show an 8% increase in the value of exports to Scotland's successful food and drink sector over the past year.  
21/3/2017
Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holder & Refresher course
If you would like to complete the course and exam required to apply for a Personal Licence Holder through the Scottish Licensing Board or require to complete the refresher training, then Aspire HLTC Ltd are holding a course at Helcat Training, Omlie Industrial Estate on 4th April 2017.   £125 per person Personal licence holder course.  
21/3/2017
SRUC Vets' Advice on Schmallenberg Virus in Scotland
During the past two week SAC Consulting Veterinary Services (part of Scotland's Rural College) has confirmed two diagnoses of Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) infection in malformed lambs in two Scottish flocks close to the border with England.  This follows the increasing numbers of affected lambs identified in England and Wales throughout the winter of 2016/2017.  
21/3/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 21 March 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 21st) sold 28 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (14) averaged 209.8p (-0.2p) and sold to 224.0p per kg and £1,403.35 gross.  
20/3/2017
New 12 Sided Pounds - Is Your Business Ready?Thumbnail for article : New 12 Sided Pounds - Is Your Business Ready?
The new UK £1 coin will enter circulation in March 2017, and The Royal Mint is producing 1.5 billion of the new coins.   The final specification of the coin and method of introduction were decided after a ten-week public consultation which looked at the physical and material characteristics of the coin, as well as the parameters for the transition.  
20/3/2017
Glass Half Full for Highland's Licensed TradeThumbnail for article : Glass Half Full for Highland's Licensed Trade
People throughout the Scottish Highlands who have experience working in the licensed trade but have fallen on hard times are being encouraged to apply for one-off grants as part of an industry charity's ‘Glass Half Full' campaign.   Over the years the Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society, known as The BEN, has helped a host of beneficiaries from throughout the Highlands for everything from essential payments including council tax to household refurbishment including a stair lift.  
Caithness County Show 2017 - Trade Stand Application Forms Now AvailableThumbnail for article : Caithness County Show 2017 - Trade Stand Application Forms Now Available
Trade Stands & Charity Stands Stand information is available NOW! Stand holders at the 2016 show will have been sent application forms by post or email (Please check your Junk Folder in case the email has gone directly into it.   For anyone wishing to have a Trade Stand at this years show please feel free to download the relevant document.  
Bmt Nigel Gee Secures 85m Ropax Ferry Contract For Pentland FerriesThumbnail for article : Bmt Nigel Gee Secures 85m Ropax Ferry Contract For Pentland Ferries
BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced a new project to design an 85m steel-hulled catamaran RoPax ferry for Strategic Marine, a subsidiary of Triyards Holding Limited.  The ferry is for Scottish ferry operator Pentland Ferries and BMT will be responsible for concept through to production design, working closely with Strategic Marine.  
18/3/2017
Floating Wind Farms To The ForeThumbnail for article : Floating Wind Farms To The Fore
Pioneering technology to power almost 60,000 homes.   A floating demonstration wind farm has today been granted planning consent by Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse.  
18/3/2017
The Uk Space Agency Has Awarded Just Under £150,000 To Three Business Incubation Centres Across The UkThumbnail for article : The Uk Space Agency Has Awarded Just Under £150,000 To Three Business Incubation Centres Across The Uk
These awards will support entrepreneurs and small companies in the space industry.  The Agency is working with UK industry to deliver world-class science innovation support, in line with the Government's Industrial Strategy, which emphasises the importance of science, innovation and skills.  
18/3/2017
Wave Energy Scotland Awards £7.5m For Power Take Off ProjectsThumbnail for article : Wave Energy Scotland Awards £7.5m For Power Take Off Projects
Wave Energy Scotland has selected 3 technologies to go forward to stage 3 of its Power Take Off (PTO) development programme.   The projects will involve demonstration and testing of scale prototypes in a representative environment and cover a range of technology options: digital hydraulics, electrical linear generation and a ball-screw generation.  
18/3/2017
Experience Panels Invitations
18,000 people to be invited to give views on social security system.   From today, people across Scotland will begin to receive letters inviting them to join the Experience Panels which will shape the country's new social security system.  
18/3/2017
Expansion Of Foundation Apprenticeships
Up to 5,000 will start work-based training programme by 2019.   Thousands of young people will gain industry recognised qualifications, real-world work experience and access to work-based learning while still at school thanks to a massive expansion of the Foundation Apprenticeship programme.  
18/3/2017
Crofting Election Results
Six new commissioners elected.   Crofters have elected six new Commissioners to serve on the Crofting Commission Board where they will support the crofting system for current and future generations.