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6/6/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 6th June 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (June, 6th) sold 7 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (5) averaged 220.9p (-0.1p) and sold to 227.0p per kg and £1,369.60 gross.  
6/6/2017
Highland Council pays respect to lives lost in London
A minutes silence was held today at 11am in all Highland Council premises in tribute to the victims of the London terrorist attack.   At the Council's headquarters on Glenurquhart Road in Inverness, staff joined the Members to observe the silence.  
Award Boost For Thurso Engineering Firm - Envision Engineering And Design LimitedThumbnail for article : Award Boost For Thurso Engineering Firm - Envision Engineering And Design Limited
A Thurso based engineering firm has secured an industry accreditation award that will boost its reputation internationally and help attract new business.   Envision Engineering and Design Limited created five jobs when it was set up less than a year ago by Liam Sutherland and Stuart Anderson, both of whom are originally from Caithness.  
5/6/2017
Struan Mackie - Conservative Candidate ProfileThumbnail for article : Struan Mackie - Conservative Candidate Profile
I am proud to call myself a Highlander and as a product of the Far North I am honoured to be contesting the constituency I call home.  On June 8th I am asking for your vote to ensure we have the strongest voice in Westminster to fight for you, your family and our community.  
5/6/2017
Remember, Remember To Licence For 5th November - New RulesThumbnail for article : Remember, Remember To Licence For 5th November - New Rules
The Highland Council is urging all organisers of community fireworks events that they will need to get their public entertainment licence application submitted soon to the Council if they wish to have a licence in place for Bonfire Night.   With only 5 months to 5th November, organisers of community fireworks events are urged to make early applications for public entertainment licences to ensure that they can be processed and granted in time for their events.  
3/6/2017
Renewable Energy Companies Need To Share The Profits For Highland CommunitiesThumbnail for article : Renewable Energy Companies Need To Share The Profits For Highland Communities
Energy companies should share more of the profits made from the development of the Highlands' natural resources of wind, wave, tidal and hydro to allow economic growth and job creation in the Highlands and Islands.   Olivia Bell, Labour's General Election candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, is making the plea after carrying out some number crunching around the profits being made by companies in the lucrative renewable energy industry.  
2/6/2017
Snp Opposition Leader Fails To Back The HighlandsThumbnail for article : Snp Opposition Leader Fails To Back The Highlands
In extraordinary scenes during yesterday's Highland Council meeting, Leader of the Opposition Councillor Maxine Smith, attempted to block the council from having a higher profile at a national level.  Along with her SNP colleagues she refused to back a suggestion to nominate Council Leader, Margaret Davidson, as a Vice President of COSLA.  
2/6/2017
SNP Unhappy After Succession Of Defeats At Highland CouncilThumbnail for article : SNP Unhappy After Succession Of Defeats At Highland Council
On Thursday 1st June 2017 the Council agreed plans to set up Policy Development Groups, who will meet behind closed doors and discuss strategy and major changes for the Highlands.   Speaking in the chamber today, the Leader of the Opposition, SNP Cllr.  
2/6/2017
Olivia Bell Scottish Labour's Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross GE candidateThumbnail for article : Olivia Bell Scottish Labour's Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross GE candidate
"I see myself as the 'ordinary' candidate in this election; a grandmother with two grown up sons, a first-time candidate, married and living in the Highlands for 37 years.   I currently work as a Parliamentary Assistant to Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs Rhoda Grant and David Stewart.  
2/6/2017
New Committee structures agreed for Highland Council
The Highland Council has agreed a new strategic committee structure at its meeting on 1 June 2017.   No top positions for Caithness on new committee structure.  
2/6/2017
Leader responds to SPA report on Inverness Control Room
Responding to a report to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) Board, Leader of the Council, Margaret Davidson said: "I understand that the SPA is to receive an update on the plans to close the Inverness Control Room and establish a National Database Enquiry Unit (NDEU), with a decision being deferred until August.   The Council's position has always been and remains that the Police Control Room should be retained in the Highlands.  
1/6/2017
Over 14,000 Households Signed Up To Brown Bin Service
To date over 14,000 households have made payment for their brown bin collections and it is anticipated this figure will rise as we near the deadline for applications.   The Highland Council's new brown bin collection service is due to start on 3rd July 2017.  
HIE appoints new energy directorThumbnail for article : HIE appoints new energy director
Economic and community development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has appointed a new director of energy and low carbon.   Audrey MacIver of Alness in Easter Ross starts in the post today (Thursday 1 June).  
1/6/2017
Sun Shines On The Highlands' Beach StandardsThumbnail for article : Sun Shines On The Highlands' Beach Standards
Clean beaches celebrated ahead of bathing season.   Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced that 12 beaches from across the Highlands have been recognised for the high standards provided to users - from keeping sand litter free to providing excellent information and accessible amenities.  
1/6/2017
Insurance Premium Tax Increase Hits Your Pocket From Today
Hard-pressed households face a further squeeze on their family budgets when the latest increase in the government's Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) to 12% comes into effect on 1 June, only eight months after it rose to 10%.  The tax is payable on most general insurance policies including home, motor, pet, private medical insurance, and cash plans taken out by individuals, as well as commercial insurance taken out by businesses.  
1/6/2017
Utilities Registration - Beware Of Scams
Today we were called twice by people saying they were the Utilities Registration Service.  Sounds official but it's not.  
Apply Now For Engineering And Construction Employability Essentials Summer ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Apply Now For Engineering And Construction Employability Essentials Summer Programme
North Highland College UHI are inviting applications for the Engineering and Construction Employability Essentials summer programme.  The course is now in its fourth year and run in conjunction with Skills Development Scotland.  
31/5/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 30th May 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 30th) sold 4 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (2) averaged 221.0p (+3.8p) and sold to 222.0p per kg and £1,320.90 gross.  
HIE reports on year-end resultsThumbnail for article : HIE reports on year-end results
Figures compiled by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) show that businesses and communities supported by the development agency achieved a strong performance in 2016/17 despite uncertain economic conditions.   Investments by HIE during the year supported businesses and social enterprises across the region to create or retain 1,688 full time equivalent jobs in the region, 169 of these in fragile areas.  
Partnership agreement to deliver engineering skillsThumbnail for article : Partnership agreement to deliver engineering skills
A new three-year partnership agreement between North Highland College UHI and Nigg Skills Academy has been signed to deliver engineering skills and qualifications to the Ross-Shire area at their academy in Nigg.   Nigg Skills Academy works with employers and industry bodies to deliver engineering skills to meet today's industry demands, has established a memorandum of understanding with North Highland College UHI to continue to provide opportunities for those seeking careers within the engineering and energy industry.