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Thurso Glassblower Heads For EuropeThumbnail for article : Thurso Glassblower Heads For Europe
Thurso glassblower Ian Pearson is looking back to move forward.  He has been invited to speak at the European Glassblowers Symposium to be held in Veldhoven, Netherlands in June.  
Mey Selections Adding More Profits For Northern FarmersThumbnail for article : Mey Selections Adding More Profits For Northern Farmers
MEY SELECTIONS RAISES ALMOST A QUARTER OF A MILLION POUNDS IN PREMIUMS FOR BEEF AND LAMB £4.6m turnover in first full trading year 25 May 2007: North Highland Products - the operating company for the Mey Selections brand - has reported a turnover of £4.6m in its first full year of operation, with around £240,000 raised in premiums over the Scottish average price in 2006.   "In our first full year we have achieved a significant rise in turnover," said Danny Miller, chairman, at the company's Annual General Meeting, held last night at the Park Hotel, Thurso.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 26Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 26
SPHERE'S POLAR CRANE READY TO DECOMMISSION REACTOR Holding centre stage within the historic Dounreay sphere is the unique Goliath crane, one of the first polar cranes in the world.  Installed fifty years ago in the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR), the original crane was in need of renovation in order to bring it up to the modern standards required to decommission and dismantle the reactor and ancillary plant inside the dome.  
Dounreay Site Newspaper - May 2007Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Site Newspaper - May 2007
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Caithness Creels Expecting Surge In Orders For New Plastic CreelsThumbnail for article : Caithness Creels Expecting Surge In Orders For New Plastic Creels
Fishermen Get To See New Creels With Plastic Parts At Trade Show In Glasgow A revolution in the traditional creel used for hundreds of years by fishermen is underway and being led by a local firm Caithness Creels working closely with a plastics firm - Stornoway Plastics on the Isle of Lewis.   Fishermen and others in the industry got a chance to see the new creels and parts for themselves at a trade exhibition n Glasgow today Caithness Creels has been working in collaboration with Stornoway Plastics to come up with a new way of manufacturing creels that will have much longer life.  
New blended learning scheme plugs plumbing skills leak
Distance learning specialist, Train 4 Trade Skills Ltd, is tackling the severe shortage of qualified plumbers in the UK by offering a revolutionary new way to train for recognised plumbing qualifications.  For the first time they are offering new plumbing courses that fit around existing work and home commitments and teach plumbing skills using a revolutionary, 3D virtual reality `house', accessible via CD on home PCs, to supplement practical and theoretical coursework.  
What's Happening At North Highland CollegeThumbnail for article : What's Happening At North Highland College
11th June - Taster Week starts: Not sure what course is for you? Come along to our "TASTER WEEK" Experience College life Find out about student support During the week you will sample the following range of courses:- Art & Drama—Business/IT— Care Construction—Engineering—Hair & Beauty Hospitality—Land Based Studies Tasters are good fun and interesting—so relax, enjoy and find out as much as you can about the College and the courses available.   Helping you decide which course is right for you.  
Ignite is the UK's first formal woodfuel training course and has been running successfully across the UK since January 2004.   Ignite is a winner of the 2006 National Training Awards and is accredited by Lantra Awards.  
The increasing strength of the Highlands and Islands renewable energy sector will be on show in Aberdeen this week when 22 businesses from the region exhibit at All Energy - the UK's largest energy conference and exhibition - on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May.   The extensive renewable energy resources, the breadth of expertise and the infrastructure the region has to offer will be demonstrated by the companies on show, from Vestas Celtic in Argyll to the PURE Energy Centre in Shetland.  
Distance Lab holding first major open studio eventThumbnail for article : Distance Lab holding first major open studio event
A unique opportunity to visit a cutting edge research institute is offered to those who are interested in learning about how digital media technologies will be transforming our lives in the future.   Distance Lab, located in the Enterprise Park at Forres, is opening its doors on Saturday 2 June for the first time since it was launched at the start of the year.  
Market Development Scheme Worth £9.2 Million In Food And Drink Sales
Highlands and Islands food and drink producers have attributed £9.2 million of new sales to events and exhibitions organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), through its UK Market Development programme.   A recent evaluation of the programme commissioned by HIE has demonstrated that bringing together food and drink producers and buyers is an effective way for speciality companies in the Highlands and Islands to do business.  
"Health Warning" for Local Businesses
Big-hearted local businesses in the Highlands, who are approached to help fund the production of health-related leaflets and booklets for primary schools, are being urged to sponsor only material that has the endorsement of The Highland Council and NHS Highland.   The advice from the agencies follows concerns from some head teachers that leaflets, sponsored by local companies and sent to schools by commercial entities, have contained materials that are outdated, misleading, inaccurate and inappropriate for the target age group.  
11% Of Scots Disturbed By Commercial Noise
As the 2007 Noise Action Week roars into action today (21 May 2007) the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) advises Scottish businesses how to avoid noise nuisance through NetRegs.   Sound affects us all and industry noise can represent a statutory nuisance.  
Can Your Business Use A Graduate This Summer?
Do you have a project you'd like to complete, but no time or resource to undertake it? Each year over 1000 Shell Step students take on these challenges, for small and medium-sized companies throughout the UK, and achieve outstanding results.   Shell Step places second and penultimate year undergraduates, from all academic disciplines, with businesses to deliver real working projects.  
Holding centre stage within the historic Dounreay sphere is the unique Goliath crane, one of the first polar cranes in the world.   Installed fifty years ago in the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR), the original crane was in need of renovation in order to bring it up to the modern standards required to decommission and dismantle the reactor and ancillary plant inside the dome.  
New IT Awards From British Computer Society
BCS targets SME sector with new category in IT Industry Awards 18 May 2007: BCS is looking for examples of IT excellence from the 4.3 million businesses that make up the SME sector.  The organisation has introduced a new category specifically for small to medium enterprises in the BCS IT Industry Awards 2007.  
Sainsbury's popular Taste the Difference Meatballs, made from Mey Selections beef in an authentic tomato and smoky bacon sauce with added Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, beat off four other finalists to win the meat and poultry category of the Grocer Own Label Award Excellence Awards for 2007 at the Savoy Hotel, London yesterday.   The award follows the product's success as the Best New Meat Product in the Meat Industry Awards in London last year.  
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has extended two contracts through which all of its new properties are built, after an independent report gave it a five star value-for-money rating.   The network's board was told at its public meeting in Thurso today (Tuesday May 15) that the contracts had been awarded in 2004 following a decision the previous year to make HIE's method of property procurement more efficient.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 25Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 25
WORKERS REWARDED FOR ZERO ACCIDENT RATE Workers at Dounreay are set to tuck into a free cooked breakfast as a reward for improving the site's safety record.   Earlier this year, the site announced it would provide for a free breakfast for every worker whenever the site went 60 consecutive days without an accident that required more than localised first aid.  
Visit by Lithuanian DelegatesThumbnail for article : Visit by Lithuanian Delegates
Dounreay has hosted a visit by delegates from the Ministry of Economy & Central Project Management Agency in Lithuania from 7th-10th May.   During their time on site, the group toured a number of facilities being decommissioned, including the Prototype Fast Reactor and former Fuel Cycle Area, and saw how the site manages the waste produced.