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14/7/2020
Opening Up Your Business In Caithness - Free Hand Sanitiser AvailableThumbnail for article : Opening Up Your Business In Caithness - Free Hand Sanitiser Available
We still have hand sanitiser and now that schools, shops, pubs and restaurants are opening up, they can contact us is if they need free supplies sponsored by SSE Beatrice Caithness Fund and the E.ON Camster Community Fund.   Sanitiser is also still available to all the public services, key workers, community groups/volunteers and people shielding that have previously received supplies.  
14/7/2020
Forse Of Nature At Latheron Reopens 18th JulyThumbnail for article : Forse Of Nature At Latheron Reopens 18th July
Dog friendly cafe and craft shop.   We are delighted to announce the we will be re-opening the cafe, craft shop and guest house from the 18th of July! We are well prepared and have plans in place to help with social distancing and protect the safety of our guests.  
14/7/2020
Is Your Caithness Business Re-opening? - Let us know to get mentioned on these pagesThumbnail for article : Is Your Caithness Business Re-opening? - Let us know to get mentioned on these pages
If you are a Caithness business re-opening this week or incomng weeks get in touch.   Let us know the date and what arrangements you are making.  
14/7/2020
Highland Council warns of COVID-19 crisis grants scam
The Highland Council is warning the public to be on their guard for the latest COVID-19 scam which is circulating around the country.  Information on this scam was received by Highland Council Trading Standards, through a national intelligence network.  
14/7/2020
Construction Output In Great Britain: May 2020Thumbnail for article : Construction Output In Great Britain: May 2020
Construction output grew by a record 8.2% in the month-on-month all work series in May 2020 following the record decline of 40.2% in April 2020; the level of construction output is now down 38.8% on February 2020 before the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   Construction output fell by a record 29.8% in the three months to May 2020, compared with the previous three-month period; this was driven by record falls of 30.3% in new work and 28.9% in repair and maintenance.  
14/7/2020
Scottish Edge Grants Round 16 Is Now Open For Applications With A Deadline 2pm On 23 July 2020
Scottish EDGE is a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland's up-and-coming, innovative, high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent.   You should have an ambitious growth strategy and a commitment to deliver upon it.  
13/7/2020
High Life Highland Plans To BouncebackThumbnail for article : High Life Highland Plans To Bounceback
High Life Highland has written to members advising how the charity plans to "bounceback" from the global pandemic in line with the latest developments within Scottish Government Route Map to recovery.   Steve Walsh, High Life Highland's Chief Executive, said, "We care passionately about what we deliver to enhance the health and wellbeing our communities and are really looking forward to welcoming our many customers back to our facilities and services over the forthcoming weeks and months and I am delighted that our bounceback campaign is already taking shape across all of our services.  
13/7/2020
HMRC Invites Hospitality Industry To Register For Eat Out To Help OutThumbnail for article : HMRC Invites Hospitality Industry To Register For Eat Out To Help Out
Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can now sign up to a new government initiative aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and encouraging people to safely return to dining out.   The Eat Out to Help Out registration page went live this morning on GOV.UK, allowing businesses to join the scheme announced last week by Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer.  
13/7/2020
First Minister urged to ‘pivot to social enterprises' in COVID-19 recovery
A wide-ranging coalition of sixty-four Scottish economists, charities, think tanks, and businesses have sent an open letter to the First Minister to voice concern over the proposed nature of the economic recovery plans of the Scottish Government.   The group calls for a radically fairer Scotland focusing on closing the employment gap for women and disabled people, plus fairer wages and lower carbon.  
13/7/2020
Finance Secretary Names Date For LBTT Threshold Change
Homebuyers will be able to take advantage of reduced rates of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) from this week, after finance secretary Kate Forbes responded to calls for a quick implementation of the change.   The threshold at which LBTT begins to be paid will rise from £145,000 to £250,000 on July 15 and remain in place until March 31 next year.  
13/7/2020
New Report Outlines Eight Point Plan For Scotland's Green RecoveryThumbnail for article : New Report Outlines Eight Point Plan For Scotland's Green Recovery
Retrofitting buildings is one of a number of key actions the Scottish Government should undertake to ensure Scotland's post-COVID-19 sets a path to net zero, according to a group of civic and business leaders.   The Climate Emergency Response Group (CERG) said existing Scottish Government home insulation schemes like Warmer Homes Scotland can be doubled so that 30,000 homes a year are made warmer and healthier and lifted out of fuel poverty.  
13/7/2020
Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund ROUND 3 deadline has been extendedThumbnail for article : Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund ROUND 3 deadline has been extended
The deadline for submission of applications for round three of the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) has been extended from 10 July 2020 to 5.00pm on Wednesday 14 October 2020.   The final date that Expressions of Interest (EOI) can be submitted will be Friday 18 September 2020 and all projects must have submitted an EOI and received approval for this before submitting a full Stage 2 application on the 14 October 2020.  
Thinking Innovation - Five Top Tips For Making Your Customers More ValuableThumbnail for article : Thinking Innovation - Five Top Tips For Making Your Customers More Valuable
HIE organises training and courses for businesses.   This online webinar may be of interest.  
12/7/2020
Visiting Family And Friends In Hospital - Phased Reintroduction Of Visits
People in hospital who do not have coronavirus (COVID-19) will be able to have a designated visitor from tomorrow, Monday 13 July.   Until now, hospital visits during the pandemic have only been permitted in limited essential circumstances.  
11/7/2020
Rishi's Groupon Gamble - Discussion From The Institute For Government On The Latest Measures To Support The Economy
Every week on our INSIDE BRIEFING podcast, IfG Director Bronwen Maddox welcomes experts, analysts and special guests for a free-ranging conversation on what makes government work - and how to fix it when it doesn't.   Rishi Sunak has set out the ‘second phase' of the government's economic response to coronavirus.  
11/7/2020
Hairdressers And Barbers To Re-open In Scotland
Hairdressers and barbers are preparing to re-open on 15 July under the Scottish Government's route map out of lockdown.   To ensure salons can safely re-open new guidance has been published for the sector.  
11/7/2020
Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great BritainThumbnail for article : Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain
More than half of adults (52%) who have left their home have worn a face covering to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) - an increase from last week (43%).   Nearly half (48%) of working adults travelled to work, a similar proportion to last week (49%).  
11/7/2020
Support For Coastal Communities
Coastal communities across Scotland will receive £9.7 million of revenue generated by the Scottish Crown Estate's marine assets, providing vital support for responding to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).   The funding, which comes from the second year of devolved management of Crown Estate assets is up by more than £2m on last year and is more than double the funding available under the old Coastal Communities Fund.  
11/7/2020
Debt Time Bomb: 1 In 4 People Worried About Personal Debt During Pandemic
Scotland is facing a ‘personal debt time bomb' as the country deals with the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has warned.   The latest wave of Scotpulse polling for the charity reveals that 27 per cent of people in Scotland are concerned about making debt repayments during coronavirus.  
HIE Welcomes New Business FundThumbnail for article : HIE Welcomes New Business Fund
The Early Stage Growth Challenge Fund, announced today (10 July) by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop, will open to applications on Monday 20 July.   It is part of the £230m economic stimulus package launched by the Scottish Government in June.