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26/5/2017
Value of Scottish catch at record highThumbnail for article : Value of Scottish catch at record high
The value of fish landings is at a record high, having increased by 29% to £563 million in 2016, according to the latest statistics published by the Scottish Government.   The increase was mainly driven by a 41% increase in the value of landings for pelagic fish like herring and mackerel.  
25/5/2017
Be alert not alarmed
STATEMENT on behalf of the Highlands and Islands Local Resilience Partnership.   Following the announcement by the Prime Minister of the UK Terror Threat level being increased from 'Severe' to 'Critical' on Tuesday 23 May 2017, the multi-agency members of the Highlands and Islands Local Resilience Partnership met on Wednesday 24 May 2017.  
25/5/2017
Electronic prescriptions: Could Amazon get a taste of its own medicine?Thumbnail for article : Electronic prescriptions: Could Amazon get a taste of its own medicine?
Amazon is eyeing up a lucrative new sector, the £multi-billion pharmacy industry.  But the UK medicines market might leave Amazon with a nasty taste in its mouth, warns e-commerce home delivery experts ParcelHero.  
24/5/2017
Clydesdale Bank Branch Closes In Thurso While Wick Branch Remains OpenThumbnail for article : Clydesdale Bank Branch Closes In Thurso While Wick Branch Remains Open
The Thurso branch of Clydesdale Bank closed on Thursday 23 May 2017.   This was one of 40 branch closures.  
24/5/2017
£300,000 overnight surfacing improvements planned for A9 Cromarty BridgeThumbnail for article : £300,000  overnight surfacing improvements planned for A9 Cromarty Bridge
Overnight surfacing improvements worth £300,000 are due to get underway on the A9 Cromarty Bridge starting later this week.   The improvements will involve resurfacing almost the full length of the A9 Cromarty Bridge with a high performance road surface, designed to make the bridge smoother for motorists and more resilient to harsh conditions.  
24/5/2017
The Nkt Victoria - New Vessel Laying Cable From Caithness To MorayThumbnail for article : The Nkt Victoria - New Vessel Laying Cable From Caithness To Moray
The newly launched NKT purpose-built vessel left Abrdeen Harbour on Saturday in preparation for its maiden project to install two subsea power cables connecting Caithness to Moray.   The NKT Victoria, which has just arrived following its maiden voyage from Sweden, is being used to lay 113km of high voltage direct current (HVDC) subsea cable across the Moray Firth as part of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' £1.1bn Caithness-Moray transmission project.  
24/5/2017
Record-breaking Year For Foreign Direct InvestmentThumbnail for article : Record-breaking Year For Foreign Direct Investment
Scotland retains top UK region status outside London for foreign direct investment.   2016 was a record-breaking year of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Scotland, according to the latest annual survey into FDI attractiveness published today by Ernst and Young.  
24/5/2017
Make sure you know how to have your say on 8 JuneThumbnail for article : Make sure you know how to have your say on 8 June
Voters are being reminded to make sure they are ready to take part in the UK Parliamentary general election taking place on Thursday 8 June.   Returning Officer for the three Highland constituencies, Steve Barron, CEX of The Highland Council said: "With just over two weeks to go until polling day I want to make sure that everyone knows how they can cast their vote on Thursday 8 June.  
24/5/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 24 May 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 24th) sold 294 store cattle.   Bullocks (154) averaged 251.4p and sold to 339.4p per kg for a pen of 218kg Simmental crosses from Proncy Farm, Dornoch, and £1,200 gross for a 585kg Simmental cross from 87 Torrobole, Lairg.  
Aquaculture supply chain £1m innovation fund openThumbnail for article : Aquaculture supply chain £1m innovation fund open
Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) working in the aquaculture supply chain in the Highlands and Islands can now apply to a £1 million innovation fund, which has opened for applications.   Announced in March the 30-month pilot programme, Accelerating Aquaculture Innovation (AAI), is led by HIE, and delivered in partnership with Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).  
22/5/2017
Surge In Overseas Visitors
Scotland experienced a 6% surge in visitors from overseas in 2016, new figures show.   Statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today highlight an additional 155,000 overseas visits were made to Scotland last year compared with 2015, strongly supported by a rise in the number of tourists from North America.  
19/5/2017
New Research Shows Scottish Public Supports Investments To Restore PeatlandsThumbnail for article : New Research Shows Scottish Public Supports Investments To Restore Peatlands
New research has found that the general public is supportive of ambitious plans by the Scottish Government to restore Scotland's peatlands - which benefits water quality, wildlife and carbon storage.   The large scale national survey was led by a team of researchers at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), the James Hutton Institute and the University of Leeds.  
18/5/2017
Highland Council elects Leaders
The Highland Council has elected Councillor Margaret Davidson as Council Leader at its meeting today, 18 May 2017.   Councillor Alasdair Christie was elected Depute Leader and Councillor Bill Lobban was elected Convener of the Council.  
17/5/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 17 May 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 17th) sold 103 pedigree and commercial Luing cattle at their ninth annual spring breeding sale sponsored by W & A Geddes and Harbro Ltd.   Pedigree bulling heifers (74) averaged £1,519.52 and sold to 1,995gns (£1,900), twice for 25 month old heifers from Mr F Scott Renwick, Inverbroom Farm, Ullapool, to A & C Matheson, Upper Bogrow, Tain.  
16/5/2017
Transformers Arrive At Scrabster For The £1.1bn Caithness-Moray projectThumbnail for article : Transformers Arrive At Scrabster For The £1.1bn Caithness-Moray project
Four transformers that will play a vital role in the north of Scotland's future electricity network are set to make the final stage of their journey to Spittal substation, Achanarras, over the coming weeks.   The transformers, which each weigh approximately 170 tonnes, have been delivered by sea from Sweden to Port of Scrabster where they are due to be loaded on to multi-axel trailers by specialist haulier Allelys, working on behalf of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and its lead contractor ABB.  
16/5/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 16 May 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 16th) sold 10 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (5) averaged 211.0p (-3.7p) and sold to 219.0p per kg and £1,333.00 gross.  
15/5/2017
Moray Firth Radio Cash for Kids joins forces with Trading Standards in the Real Deal SchemeThumbnail for article : Moray Firth Radio Cash for Kids joins forces with Trading Standards in the Real Deal Scheme
MFR Cash for Kids Charity Car Boot Sale is the latest recruit to be signed up by Highland Council Trading Standards to join the Real Deal scheme.  The scheme was launched six years ago in a bid to stamp out the illegal trade in fake goods at markets and to ensure businesses are fully compliant with the relevant laws.  
15/5/2017
Retailers' Footfall Up But Worrying Rise In Shop Vacancies
Footfall in Scotland grew by 3.2 per cent in April, the third fastest growth rate of all the nations/regions and the fastest growth in Scotland itself since July 2014.   This rate was well above the three-month average of 1.8 per cent, the highest three-month average in Scotland since September 2014, and the 12-month average, which was flat.  
15/5/2017
MSP asks: how long does it take to undertake a pay review?
A Highlands and Islands MSP is questioning why the Scottish Government is taking so long to settle a long-running dispute over fair pay.   Labour's Rhoda Grant asked Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham what action it was taking in light of Marine Scotland seafarers' recent vote in favour of industrial action over pay.  
15/5/2017
Non Domestic Rates 2017/18 - Does Your Business Qualify For Reliefs?
The Highland Council is reminding Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) customers of the various reliefs available.   NDR is also known as Business Rates.