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25/9/2016
Credit Union Payroll Deductions for Scottish EmployersThumbnail for article : Credit Union Payroll Deductions for Scottish Employers
In a report by Scottish Government published earlier in 2016 entitled "Scotland's Credit Unions - Investing in Our Future" The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote a letter to employers as follows - Dear As First Minister of Scotland I am delighted to be able to offer this letter in support of the work of credit unions and at the same time encourage the uptake of payroll deduction schemes for employees with credit union accounts.   Credit unions make an invaluable contribution to providing financial services and products to a wide range of customers.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week Commencing 19th September 2016 Energy & Business Services: * Representatives from the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm consortium were in Wick last week to formally unveil plans to transform two historic buildings at Wick harbour into the Operations & Maintenance base for the project.  A planning application for the plans was submitted to CNSRP partner Highland Council this week.  
Do you want to grow your online sales? Think International! - Thurso WorkshopThumbnail for article : Do you want to grow your online sales? Think International! - Thurso Workshop
Grow your international online sales.   If your business is already selling online, or you're thinking about starting an online sales operation, why not consider the international marketplace? With the right information, set-up and skills, your business could capitalise on the wealth of opportunities available beyond the UK.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week Commencing 12th September 2016 Energy & Business Services: Representatives from the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm consortium were in Wick this week to formally unveil plans to transform two historic buildings at Wick harbour into the Operations & Maintenance base for the project.  For photos, (see my online blog, address below) The drop-in event was very busy with interested members of the public (estimated at around 150), and the comments I heard in the room were overwhelmingly positive.  
Good news buoys marine energy event
Optimism from Scotland's wave and tidal energy sectors, fuelled by the Meygen's product launch on Monday, boosted delegates at Scottish Renewables' Marine Conference in Inverness this week.   Recent successes from Scotrenewables, Nova Innovation and Sustainable Marine Energy have been complemented by the launch of the world's largest tidal stream energy scheme.  
Businesses optimistic about prospects but less confident in economic outlook - survey
A survey of businesses in the Highlands and Islands has reported that although companies remain optimistic about their own prospects, there has been a decline in confidence in Scotland's economic outlook since the UK's EU referendum.  A total of 1,054 businesses located throughout the region took part in the survey carried out by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in July and August, exploring business confidence and investment.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week Commencing 5 September 2016 Energy & Business Services: ยท It is good to note that recruitment has now started for staff who will take forward the operations and maintenance of the Beatrice offshore Windfarm Ltd development at Wick, with lead partner SSE advertising the posts of Contract Lead, Asset Engineer and Operations Engineer.  These are the first publicly advertised positions to become available, and we hope that over the coming 12 to 18 months the recruitment of O&M personnel will ramp up.  
New camera provides clear images of bowels of reactorThumbnail for article : New camera provides clear images of bowels of reactor
An off the shelf CCTV camera is providing crystal clear images from the depths of Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR).   Fifty years on from the construction of PFR, the reactor decommissioning team is viewing footage that will enable it to pull apart the innards of the second and last fast reactor to be built in the UK.  
Dounreay meets target for liquid hazard reductionThumbnail for article : Dounreay meets target for liquid hazard reduction
The last of the higher activity liquid waste produced during Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) fuel reprocessing has been made safe for future generations.  It is an important milestone in the immobilisation of the historic liquid waste, known as raffinate, created from reprocessing undertaken during the operation of Dounreay's three reactors.  
3/9/2016
Want To Save Or Need A Low Cost Loan - Think Hi-Scot Credit UnionThumbnail for article : Want To Save Or Need A Low Cost Loan - Think Hi-Scot Credit Union
Hi-Scot - A Credit Union for YOU.   HI-Scot has been in existence since 2006, though up until 2010 was under the name of Western Isles Credit Union.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week Commencing 29th August 2016.   This is a short message to update you on activities relating to the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP).  
Charlotte Wright - New Acting Cheif Exective At HIEThumbnail for article : Charlotte Wright - New Acting Cheif Exective At HIE
Charlotte Wright takes over as acting chief executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) today (Monday 29 August 2016).   Ms Wright has been with HIE since 1997 and held a number of roles in Lochaber before being appointed as the agency's regional director for Highland in 2008.  
Help Is In Highland To Build Community AssetsThumbnail for article : Help Is In Highland To Build Community Assets
Land and buildings can be vital resources in the development of resilient rural communities.  HIE wants to support communities throughout the Highlands and Islands to grow by helping them to acquire and develop land and other assets such as buildings.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week commencing 22nd August 2016 Energy and Business Services: Good to see local and regional coverage this week of the new business created by two of the men affected by the closure of Enterprise Engineering Services Ltd's Caithness operation earlier this year.  When the company's operation went into administration, Liam Sutherland and Stuart Anderson set up Envision Engineering & Design, employing three of their former EESL colleagues.  
New business start-up for Thurso
Five new jobs have been created thanks to the establishment of a new business in Caithness and Sutherland's energy sector.   Envision Engineering & Design Ltd (Envision) has been set up by directors Liam Sutherland and Stuart Anderson, both of whom are originally from Caithness.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week commencing 15th August 2016 Energy and Business Services: As part of the programme to connect renewable power in Shetland to the National Grid, SSE Power Distribution Ltd this week carried out consultation events in Wick and Staxigoe relating to the company's latest plans for a switching station to be built on land between Wick John O' Groats Airport and Noss Head.   The station would provide a connection by connecting to the High Voltage DC system that is currently being installed between Caithness and Moray.  
HIE wins Carer Positive award
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has received an award for being recognised as a Carer Positive employer.   The Carer Positive award is presented to employers in Scotland who demonstrate a working environment where carers are valued and supported.  
Augmented Reality Is Coming to Inverness
Whether it's immersing your next customer in a digital tour, testing your design concepts before investing in production, or developing ways for patients to receive medical advice virtually, technology is opening up new opportunities for business.   #hellodigital has teamed up with Scottish firm Soluis, which specialises in visualisation and 3D animation, to bring augmented and virtual reality technology to Inverness.  
World's largest free business accelerator lands in the Highlands and Islands
The virtual entrepreneurial accelerator programme was be officially launched on 12th August 2016.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has teamed up with Entrepreneurial Spark, powered by Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), to deliver the pilot programme which is the first of its kind in the UK.  
Free export advice as export hub visits Highlands
The Export Hub is a UK Government initiative backed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI).   It is currently touring Scotland and will be in Sleat on Skye on Wednesday 31 August; Cairndow 29 August; Inverness 2 September; and Forres 5 September.