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Newsroom News Personal insolvencies stabilised after a long-term decline
Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) today released official statistics reporting personal and company insolvencies in Scotland for the first quarter of 2016-17.  The figures show that personal insolvencies, which include both bankruptcies and protected trust deeds (PTDs), totalled 2,405.  
Payments For New Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme About To Start
Payments under the new Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSSS) are about to start, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has confirmed.   The Scottish Government expects to pay out up to £5.6 million over the next few days to around 1,100 farmers and crofters with the majority being made a payment by the end of this week.  
Trading Standards take action against sales of designer goods on Facebook
Repeat offender sentenced after Trading Standards take action against sales of designer goods on Facebook Following a Trading Standards investigation, a 37 year old woman appeared in Inverness Sheriff court for sentencing today after having been found guilty of 15 charges of selling fake designer labelled goods from two addresses in the Highlands.  This is the second time the individual involved had been investigated by Trading Standards and found guilty in court of such offences.  
· The average Scottish household had a weekly disposable income of £200 a week last quarter, an average of £10 more than in Q2 2015.   · Scotland's spending power grew 5.1% on the same period last year, with discretionary income reaching £200 per week · In comparison to the rest of the UK, Scotland still remains at the bottom of the regions in terms of the rate of spending power growth.  
Black Isle Show continues to be the ‘Real Deal'
Visitors to the Black Isle Show on the 3rd and 4th August will once again be assured of getting the ‘Real Deal'.  Last year Highland Council and the Black Isle Farmers Society made a commitment to keep the show free of fake goods by signing up to the Real Deal markets' charter.  
Orion Group appointed exclusive recruitment partner for Fabrication Yard in CaithnessThumbnail for article : Orion Group appointed exclusive recruitment partner for Fabrication Yard in Caithness
Orion Group, the UK's leading provider to the energy and engineering industry, have agreed an exclusive link with Moray headquartered fabrication and manufacturing business Forsyth's to supply labour to their recently acquired fabrication yard in Caithness and other projects.   The jobs boost for the region comes after Rothes based Forsyth's stepped into acquire the Caithness Fabrication yard after previous owners Enterprise Engineering Service Limited (EESL) entered administration last month.  
Grass cutting options to be considered by Highland CouncilThumbnail for article : Grass cutting options to be considered by Highland Council
Amenity grass cutting is carried out by both contracted staff and in-house staff.   The contracted work is carried out through various contracts and the current contracts expire next year.  
Death of Inverness Councillor John Ford
Highland Councillor John Ford who represented the Culloden and Ardersier Ward in Inverness has died suddenly while on holiday.   Councillor Ford, a member of the Council's Labour group, has served on The Highland Council since becoming elected in May 2003, attending committee meetings at Glenurquhart Road and Inverness Town House.  
Business urged to apply to EDGE fund
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands are being encouraged to apply to the next round of Scottish EDGE funding and the chance to win up to £100,000 each in grants and loans.   The Scottish Government funded competition supports and encourages business growth in Scotland.  
Drainage Improvement Works Longman Roundabout to Raigmore InterchangeThumbnail for article : Drainage Improvement Works Longman Roundabout to Raigmore Interchange
BEAR Scotland will carry out works between Monday 22nd August and Saturday 27th August 2016.   Work will be carried out between 7.00pm and 7.00am to reduce disruption.  
North MSP looks for resolution to some concerns being raised re NC500
Highlands & Islands (Labour) MSP and road safety campaigner, David Stewart has intervened with regards to the divided opinions in relation to the so called NC500 route.   The North Coast 500 (NC500) is deemed by many to be Scotland's answer to the legendary Route 66.  
New Project Aims to Raise Lamb Survival Rates by 5%
Five focus farmers have been selected for a new "Live Lambs" project, facilitated by Scotland's Rural College and aimed at improving lamb survival.  It brings together sheep farmers, advisers, researchers, and members of the supply chain into a group that will tackle the causes of lamb loss, monitor on-farm performance and introduce improvements aimed at raising lamb survival by 5%.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 20 July 2016
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (July, 20th) sold 1,585 store cattle and 9 adult head of breeding cattle at their 13th anniversary show and sale.   The Judge, Mr N.  
Third Innovation Call for Wave Energy Scotland
Wave Energy Scotland (WES) is running the most extensive technology programme of its kind to find a commercially viable method of harvesting Scotland's huge wave energy resource.   WES is the national wave energy research and development body, funded by the Scottish Government and established as a subsidiary of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  
Important Milestone Reached In £1.1 billion Caithness-Moray projectThumbnail for article : Important Milestone Reached In £1.1 billion Caithness-Moray project
The installation of four cable ducts through the rock beneath Noss Head, north of Wick, and almost 500 metres out to sea has been successfully completed as part of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission's (SHE Transmission's) £1.1 billion Caithness-Moray project.   While the ducts were being drilled around 20 metres beneath the base of the cliffs, a specialist member of the site team regularly monitored wildlife in the surrounding area to minimise any disturbance.  
Enterprise and skills review - Consultation
Businesses, students and others who use enterprise and skills services are being asked for their views about the support on offer.   Economy Secretary Keith Brown has issued a call for evidence as part of the end-to-end review he is leading of enterprise and skills support in Scotland.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 19 July 2016
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 19th) sold 28 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (9) averaged 221.0p (+3.0p) and sold to 244p per kg and £1,451.80 gross.  
Beware Buying Cheap Electrical Equipment From Roaming Traders
Highland householders and small businesses urged to think twice about buying equipment from itinerant traders The Highland Council's Trading Standards team have seized over 20 items of machinery and equipment belonging to an itinerant trader.   The seizure follows community safety action alongside Police Scotland in the Fort William area.  
Transfer of new powers to Scotland
Scottish Parliament to assume powers on social security and employability.   Regulations laid at Westminster on 14th July 2016 will begin the transfer of powers to enable the Scottish Parliament to start legislating on social security and employability.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week Commencing 11th July 2016 Enabling activities: · The "Ready, Steady, Work" programme developed by CNSRP partners DSRL and North Highland College began this week.  The programme takes young people from 4th to 6th year and introduces them to a range of workshops and company visits designed to enhance their ability to move on from school into employment, training or further education.