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14/10/2017
Highland is ready for winter - are you?Thumbnail for article : Highland is ready for winter - are you?
The Highland Council is ready for winter and prepared to grit council roads as the council's winter maintenance programme starts on 14 October.   Trunk roads in Highland are the responsibility of Transport Scotland and their operators Bear Scotland.  
14/10/2017
Council Leader Welcomes Scottish Government's Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund
The Leader of The Highland Council Councillor Margaret Davidson welcomed the First Minister's announcement of a Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund to deliver much needed improvements to tourist infrastructure to support the rising numbers of visitors to the Highlands.   This comes the week after figures were published for August which showed Highland visitor attractions were performing 17% higher compared to August last year, a result that is backed by accounts from residents and businesses that the area has been hugely popular with visitors this season.  
14/10/2017
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 14 October 2017
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 14th) sold 259 weaned calves and store cattle, 24 OTM cattle and 8 adult head of breeding cattle.   Bullocks (183) averaged 221.4p and sold to 286.3p per kg for a pen of 255kg Simmental crosses from Moy Farm, Banavie, and £940 gross for a 490kg Simmental cross from 7 Back of Keppoch, Arisaig.  
11/10/2017
Childcare Spending To Double To £840 Million A Year
Huge expansion of free early learning and childcare.   Spending on childcare will double to £840 million a year by 2021-22 in a bid to transform the life chances of children in Scotland.  
11/10/2017
12,000 Younger Scots Face Up To £8.6m Rent Shortfall From LHA Cap
Around 12,000 mainstream social tenants across Scotland aged under 35 could collectively face an annual rent affordability gap of between £5.3 million and £8.6 million when a UK Government cap on housing benefit (or the housing element of Universal Credit) for social housing tenants at Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates comes into force in April 2019.  This is a key finding of new research commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government and published today (11th October 2017).  
9/10/2017
Trading Standards are looking for Test Purchasers
Trading Standards are looking for young people to take part in test purchasing exercises.  We want to find out which shops are breaking the law by selling age restricted products to young people under 18.  
9/10/2017
Feasibility study to help Scottish businesses beat butter shortage.Thumbnail for article : Feasibility study to help Scottish businesses beat butter shortage.
Scottish shortbread makers, confectioners and bakeries could benefit from support to combat shortages and rising prices in the butter market.   The Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) will undertake an urgent feasibility study to explore opportunities for collective buying and storage, to increase market competitiveness and boost sales.  
9/10/2017
UK Falls Behind Sweden in Cashless Technology UptakeThumbnail for article : UK Falls Behind Sweden in Cashless Technology Uptake
A recent study from Forex Bonuses finds the countries among the 20 largest economies who are adapting quickest to using cashless systems like phones and contactless cards - revealing that Canada narrowly edges out Sweden for the top position.   The economies adopting the most cashless technology have been revealed in new research from global trading site Forex Bonuses.  
6/10/2017
Happy Tumbles - Play Organised for Families and PartiesThumbnail for article : Happy Tumbles  - Play Organised for Families and Parties
Let Happy Tumbles make your event that little extra special.   Our soft play equipment is clean and well maintained, offering bright colours and a range of exciting shapes to climb on, slide down and ball pools to explore.  
6/10/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 6 October 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (October, 6th) sold 136 rams at its annual show and sale of Blackface rams, sponsored by PKN Nutrition and Scottish Woodlands.   The overall champion was a shearling from Messrs MacDonald, Dalbuiack, Carrbridge, realising £1,000 to Mrs M.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
Week commencing 25 September 2017 Tourism, Food and Drink: · Last weekend saw the staging of the annual "Taste North" event organised at Ackergill Tower by Venture North with support from a range of organisations including CNSRP partner the NDA.  Despite the less than ideal weather, the event attracted a record number of visitors (around 1,000), and a range of food, drink and tourism companies from across the north, and featured a range of activities and demonstrations, including masterclasses with renowned chef Nick Nairn.  
5/10/2017
Local MSP Urges ‘voices Rarely Heard' To Speak Out On Scotland's EconomyThumbnail for article : Local MSP Urges ‘voices Rarely Heard' To Speak Out On Scotland's Economy
Households, workers, the unemployed, and small and large businesses in the Highlands and Islands are being called on by local MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston to share their views as the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee launches its inquiry into the performance of Scotland's economy since 2007.   In a year marking a range of anniversaries, including a decade since the financial crash, 20 years since the devolution vote; and the tenth anniversary of SNP Government, the Committee will scrutinise Scotland's economy, looking at issues such as the main drivers of growth and challenges to future growth; as well as average disposable income, and average weekly pay in Scotland.  
5/10/2017
£322,068 More To Support NHS Highland Winter Plans
An additional £5 million is being given to NHS boards to support winter resilience across health and social care.   Health Secretary Shona Robison announced the additional‎ funding today to support winter planning and enhance resilience across the services, making sure patients are seen quickly, efficiently and without delay.  
5/10/2017
Up To £96 Million Support To Help People Find Work In Scotland
Contracts worth up to £96 million have been awarded to organisations across Scotland to help people find and stay in work.   From April 2018 the new Fair Start Scotland service will aim to help at least 38,000 people, to find employment, including those facing barriers to entering the labour market.  
5/10/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 4 October 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 4th) sold 496 weaned calves at their first annual district ballot show and sale.   The show champion sponsored by Barclays Transport, Portsoy and Zoetis with Surecalf was awarded to an eight month old Limousin cross bullock from A MacLean, 4 Bualnaluib, Aultbea scaling in at 305kg and realising £800 gross.  
5/10/2017
Next steps for city region deals outlined
The Scottish Government will support the creation of regional economic partnerships across Scotland as a vehicle to drive inclusive economic growth, Economy Secretary Keith Brown has confirmed.   As outlined in the Enterprise and Skills Review, the expansion of the regional economic policy beyond city deals will pave the way for regional economic partnerships for every part of Scotland.  
4/10/2017
Scottish Government Says No To Fracking
The Scottish Government has announced that it will not support the development of Unconventional Oil and Gas in Scotland, meaning there is an effective ban on fracking in Scotland.   Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse told MSPs the decision followed an extensive period of evidence gathering, public engagement, and dialogue on the issue.  
3/10/2017
Killimster Moss Road OpeningThumbnail for article : Killimster Moss Road Opening
Caithness Civic leader Cllr Willie Mackay (centre) cuts the tape at the opening of the newly refurbished half mile Killimster Moss stretch of the B876 Wick to Thurso road.   Looking on are some of the Highland council workers praised for the project which was done on time and within budget.  
3/10/2017
Praise for B876 Killimster Moss road refurbishmentThumbnail for article : Praise for B876 Killimster Moss road refurbishment
Caithness Civic Leader Cllr Willie Mackay has welcomed the reopening of the B876 Killimster Moss Road.   A stretch of the Caithness Wick to Thurso road at Killimster Moss was refurbished over a four week programme of improvement and reopened on Friday 29 September.  
3/10/2017
Old Round Pound Stops Being Legal Tender on 15th October
Get those round pounds spent or to the bank to save before 15th October when they stop being legal tender.   You will still be able to return them to banks but maybe better to save the hassle and find them al wherever you have them now.