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30/9/2020
TSB To Close 164 Branches And Almost 900 Jobs To Go - Wick Branch Will CloseThumbnail for article : TSB To Close 164 Branches And Almost 900 Jobs To Go - Wick Branch Will Close
TSB has today announced it will close 164 branches as the Bank continues to implement its three-year strategy announced in November 2019.   73 Branches of TSB in Scotland will close including one at Wick.  
30/9/2020
UK And Norway Sign Historic Fisheries Agreement - First For Forty YearsThumbnail for article : UK And Norway Sign Historic Fisheries Agreement - First For Forty Years
The UK signs first fisheries agreement since leaving the EU and first as an independent coastal state.   The UK has today signed an historic fisheries agreement with Norway - the UK's first since leaving the EU and first as an independent coastal state in 40 years.  
30/9/2020
193,731 job losses have been announced by major British employers since the start of the lockdown in March
Job Losses are happening almost every day now as the pandemic moves on.   There expectations of many more job losses when the Furlough scheme runs out at the end of October.  
30/9/2020
Annual House Price Growth Gathers Momentum In September As Housing Market Recovery ContinuesThumbnail for article : Annual House Price Growth Gathers Momentum In September As Housing Market Recovery Continues
The latest house price figures from Nationwide index shows that house prices have hit their highest level since September 2016, up 5% annually.   • Annual price growth picked up to 5.0% in September, the highest rate since Sep 2016.  
30/9/2020
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 30 September 2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 30th) sold 709 Continental cross store cattle, yearlings and weaned calves.   Bullocks (440) averaged 231.8p (up 27.0p on the year) and sold to 303.2p per kg for a 470kg Limousin cross from 1 & 2 Conon, Uig and £1,320 gross for a 690kg Charolais cross from Fiddlefield, Muir of Ord.  
30/9/2020
Shell To Cut Up To 9,000 Jobs As Oil Demand Slumps
Royal Dutch Shell has said it plans to cut 7,000 to 9,000 jobs as it responds to challenges including the slump in oil demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic.   The oil giant said the cuts would be implemented by 2022 and included 1,500 people who were taking voluntary redundancy.  
30/9/2020
New grant for those self-isolating
People on low incomes will be eligible to receive a new £500 grant if asked to self-isolate.   The new Self-Isolation Support Grant will help those who would lose income if they needed to self-isolate, such as those unable to carry out their work from home.  
30/9/2020
Campaign Launched To Ready Businesses For Points-based Immigration SystemThumbnail for article : Campaign Launched To Ready Businesses For Points-based Immigration System
The nationwide marketing campaign will ensure businesses are ready for the introduction of the system as free movement ends.   The Home Office has today launched a new campaign to ensure businesses are ready for the introduction of the UK's new points-based immigration system as free movement ends.  
30/9/2020
A Step Closer To Tackling Poverty
Social Security Administration and Tribunal Membership (Scotland) Bill passes Stage 3.   New legislation to improve the benefits system to help those who need it most has been unanimously passed by the Scottish Parliament today.  
29/9/2020
M&Co Store In Thurso Sold At Auction For £220,000Thumbnail for article : M&Co Store In Thurso Sold At Auction For £220,000
The M&Co store in Thurso has been sold at Auction for £220,000 along with seven other stores from the group.   The stores sold were High Street in Peebles sold for £231000, High Street in Nairn £130,000, Rotterdam Street in Thurso £220,000, Dockhead Street in Saltcoats £125,000, High Street in Hawick £151,000, Main Street in Wishaw £215,000, Channel Street in Galashiels and Dalrymple Street in Girvan raised £50,000.  
29/9/2020
Offshore: oil and gas workers' views on industry conditions and the energy transitionThumbnail for article : Offshore: oil and gas workers' views on industry conditions and the energy transition
This report from Greenpeace shares the testimonies of workers in the industry and their perspectives and priorities in the looming energy transition.  The survey results show that morale is low amongst the workforce, who feel they are bearing the brunt of an industry in decline.  
29/9/2020
Scotland's economy recovering but fragile
Scotland's economy has recovered half the fall in GDP which followed the necessary restrictions imposed in March to control coronavirus (COVID-19), but may still not return to pre-pandemic levels until the end of 2023, a report has found.   The latest State of the Economy report, published by the Scottish Government’s Chief Economist Gary Gillespie, also highlights the risks that the Scottish economy is facing as a new phase of support is rolled out, and restrictions on business and households continue.  
29/9/2020
UK Government Trade Hub Launched To Support Scottish Businesses
The Department for International Trade has launched a dedicated Hub to provide businesses with trade support.   New hub launched by UK Department for International Trade (DIT) to help thousands of businesses in Scotland thrive internationally Based at government's new Edinburgh HQ, Queen Elizabeth House, the Hub will help businesses in Scotland recover from the coronavirus pandemic.  
29/9/2020
Spending Review 2020: Covid-19, Brexit And BeyondThumbnail for article : Spending Review 2020: Covid-19, Brexit And Beyond
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced his intention to hold a Comprehensive Spending Review this year.  The immense economic uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the looming end of the Brexit transition period, makes this an extraordinarily difficult time to be formulating public spending plans.  
29/9/2020
£1.1b For Health And Social Care Sector In Scotland
Scotland's health and social care sector will receive £1.1 billion in additional funding to support its work through coronavirus (COVID-19) pressures, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has announced.   The funding will be allocated to NHS Boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships across Scotland to help them meet COVID-19 related costs such as additional staffing or sickness expenditure, enhanced infection prevention and control measures, and the purchase of PPE.  
29/9/2020
Sunak has bought himself time, but his big test will come as crisis eases
Rishi Sunak has abandoned plans for an autumn budget.  Instead last Thursday he unveiled a further series of measures to support businesses and jobs.  
28/9/2020
Norscot Joinery Expanding And Offering New JobsThumbnail for article : Norscot Joinery Expanding And Offering New Jobs
Norscot joinery based in Caithness are not letting the pandemic stop their ambitious plans for expansion across the Highlands.   To achieve this the company are currently looking for new staff across a range of skill sets.  
28/9/2020
Student Accommodation Guidance On Visits Home
Students encouraged to stay on campus.   Additional guidance has been published for those living in student households after new measures were announced last week to protect the population from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  
28/9/2020
First Home Fund Pilot Success - Application Deadline 2 October
Scheme expected to support 8,000 households by April.   First-time buyers have less than a week to apply for the pilot First Home Fund, which has helped thousands to enter the property market.  
28/9/2020
New route for Council staff to whistleblow confidentially with confidence
Proposals that could provide Highland Council employees with a new ‘independent, dedicated and confidential route' to report malpractice and wrongdoing concerns have received support from Highland Councillors.   Following robust discussion, Members of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee have endorsed the movement of the management of the Council’s Whistleblowing Policy and its processes to the Council’s Fraud Team.