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MARKETING FOR THE SMALLER, NIMBLE BUSINESS
Dr Paul Fifield, a world renowned marketing strategist, is to deliver a talk on marketing for smaller businesses in Inverness on November 15 at the invitation of The Chartered Institute of Marketing in Scotland (CIM).   Dr Fifield has over 30 years' experience in marketing and was a member of the CIM International Board of Trustees 2002-2004.  
Unemployment Rates In Highland and Islands To September 2007Thumbnail for article : Unemployment Rates In Highland and Islands To September 2007
The September 2007 unemployment figures were released on 17th October 2007.  During the month, August 2007 to September 2007, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Great Britain fell 3.4%, from 832,294 to 804,078 (28,216).This figure is lower than September last year, where the number of claimants stood at 924,489, a decrease of 13% (120,411claimants).  
Wick Records Biggest Fall In UnemploymentThumbnail for article : Wick Records Biggest Fall In Unemployment
Over the month, August 2007 to September 2007, the claimant count rose in 1 TTWA, fell in 15, and was static in the remaining 4.  Wick saw the greatest decrease over the month, falling by 0.5%.  
27/10/2007
Council Marks Energy Efficiency Week
The Highland Council is marked Energy Efficiency Week (22nd- 26th October) with events for staff and Elected Members aimed at raising awareness and maintaining the progress made in reducing energy use within Council properties.   By signing Scotland's Climate Change Declaration in January 2007 the Council is leading by example in helping to ensure greener, more efficient delivery of public services in the Highlands.  
26/10/2007
Captains Galley, Scrabster Wins Taste Of Scotland Award 2007
The Captains Galley has picked up another prestigious award at the Silver Thistle Awards run by Visit Scotland.   Jim cowie has won the Taste of Scotland Award for 2007 adding to his growing collection of awards for his high quality fish dishes in his restaurant set in the foormer ice house at Scrabster.  
Mey Selections Now In Seven New Ready Meals For Sainsbury'sThumbnail for article : Mey Selections Now In Seven New Ready Meals For Sainsbury's
Mey Selections farmers are pioneering a new approach to own label ready meals with Sainsburys.  North Highland Products, in partnership with Sainsbury's has launched a quality range of new ready meals as part of the retailer's Taste the difference range.  
26/10/2007
Almost Back to Normal - One Year After FloodsThumbnail for article : Almost Back to Normal - One Year After Floods
The Highland Council has completed more than 5 million worth of repairs since the severe widespread flooding of 26 October last year, which affected communities on the east of the Highlands ~ from Dingwall to Thurso.   Teams within Transport Environmental and Community Services responded speedily and effectively to the emergency on the day, helping protect properties from flooding and closing roads which were affected by floodwaters, landslides, damaged bridges and culverts and from the numerous trees blown down in subsequent gales.  
Firms Urged To Embrace Diversity To Improve Business Performance
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands are being urged to embrace diversity to improve performance and productivity.   A new initiative, Equality Matters in Business, (EMB) has been jointly set up by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Enterprise to highlight the positive benefits of employing a diverse workforce and considering diversity in service delivery across all equality strands - gender, race, age, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation.  
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21/10/2007
Aberdeen and Northern Marts At Quoybrae - Ram Sale 20 October 2007
QUOYBRAE, Aberdeen and Northern Marts (October 20th) sold 104 Texel, Suffolk and Border Leicester rams and ram lambs under the auspices of the Caithness Sheep Breeders Association Champion Texel a shearling by Stockhill Kasper from R MacKay, Clyth Mains, Lybster sold for 620 to J Munro, Pitkerrie, Fearn.   Reserve was a ram lamb by Miller's Miles from C and I Angus, Oldfield Farm, Thurso and sold for 350 to A Webster, Lower Reiss Farm, Wick.  
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21/10/2007
Quoybrae Sale - 22 October 2007
QUOYBRAE, Aberdeen & Northern Marts (22nd October) sold 5,618 Store Lambs Ewe Lambs (644) averaged 33.54 and sold to 48 for Half-Breds from A Miller & Sons, Aimster, Thurso Wedder Lambs (838) averaged 23.54 and sold to 30.20 for Cheviots from G Cormack, Damside, Castletown.   Cross Lambs (4,136) averaged 27.25 and sold to 33 for Suffolks from W R & M Mill, Forsie, Bridge of Westfield.  
HIE CASE Approvals September 2007
SEPTEMBER 2007 The approvals list for HIE Caithness and Sutherland is in two sections.  The first details assistance given to businesses, community groups and other public sector authorities to deliver specific projects.  
21/10/2007
Second Key Appointment For Far North Regeneration PlanThumbnail for article : Second Key Appointment For Far North Regeneration Plan
The post of programme manager for the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership will be taken up on an interim basis by Gordon Cox pending a permanent appointment.   A senior member of staff at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Gordon is project director for the organisation's network management system currently based in Inverness.  
21/10/2007
Dingwall & Northern Marts Sale 22 October 2007
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 22nd) sold 5,920 sheep.   Store lambs (5,135) sold to 34 gross for Charollais crosses from Achtuie, Drumnadrochit.  
21/10/2007
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 22 October 2007
LOCHMADDY, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 22nd) sold 272 store cattle and 16 breeding cattle.   The judge Mr John Henderson, Udale, chose a 430kg Limousin bullock as his Champion and a 390kg Limousin bullock as the reserve champion both from No.  
21/10/2007
Household Survey Highlights Positive Trends in the Highlands
The results of a Scottish wide household survey has highlighted a large number of positive trends for the Highlands, including a high rating from residents for considering their neighbourhood as a very good place to live.   A total of 1,184 households in the Highlands were interviewed over a two year period in a national survey conducted for the Scottish Government.  
18/10/2007
Thurso Wedding Videographer Short-listed For AwardThumbnail for article : Thurso Wedding Videographer Short-listed For Award
Following what must have been a surge of client recommendations, a Thurso based wedding videographer has been short listed for the chance to win a prestigious award at a major Scottish wedding industry event.   Colin Sinclair who runs Video Viewpoint Productions is one of only five finalists remaining in the wedding videographer category at the Voted Outstanding Wedding Supplier ( VOWS ) awards to be staged at a glittering ceremony in the Edinburgh Corn Exchange next month.  
Scottish College Consortium - New Higher National Diplomas for Scotland's Nuclear Employers
The newly formed National Skills Academy Nuclear has selected a consortium consisting of four Scottish colleges to develop and implement a range of Higher National Diplomas for Scotland's nuclear employers.   These important new qualifications will support progression and development opportunities in the nuclear sector for school leavers, new entrants and those re-training.  
Store Cattle Sale At Quoybrae - 15 October 2007
Quoybrae, Aberdeen & Northern Marts (15th October 2007) sold 466 Store Cattle Champion in the show, judged by Scott Watson, Carnoustie was a 626kg Charolais bullock from J T M MacKay, Thura Mains, Bower and sold for 800 to W & J Cameron, Burnside of Edingight, Grange, Keith.  Reserve was a 538kg Limousin bullock also from J T M MacKay and sold for 680 to Blair Duffton, Bogie Street, Huntly.  
HIE HELPS FIRMS TO LOOK FOR MARKETS AROUND THE WORLD
Helping companies to get into the international marketplace is the focus of a series of workshops being organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The next event on Thursday, October 25 at Horizon Scotland, Forres Enterprise Park, in entitled 'Identifying and Evaluating Overseas Markets' and aims to help Highlands and Islands businesses identify key export markets for their products.  
Northern Periphery Programme Funding For 2007-2013
A pioneering trans-national partnership programme is calling for project ideas in the Highlands and Islands which might be eligible for funding before the deadline of October 31.   The Northern Periphery Programme (NPP) 2007-2013 is one of several European Union funded programmes aimed at encouraging trans-national co-operation between the regions of Europe.