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Sleep-in Shifts And The National Minimum WageThumbnail for article : Sleep-in Shifts And The National Minimum Wage
Some employers find it hard to know how to treat sleep-in shifts for workers who receive the National Minimum Wage, or who are close to the threshold.   HMRC's new presentation explains all you need to know.  
£1.5m Extra For Roads Across Highland - Caithness Share £164,400
Investment of an additional £1.5m for roads maintenance was approved as a priority area for the Council's revenue budget.   The additional money will help to boost the annual budget for pothole repairs, clearing culverts, and bridge maintenance.  
Pentland Firth Electricy Production Rising With SIMEC Atlantis EnergyThumbnail for article : Pentland Firth Electricy Production Rising With SIMEC Atlantis Energy
SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited has stated that its turbines in the Pernland Firth has produced 12GWh (12 million kilowatt hours) since 2017 and exported it to the grid.   SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited ("Atlantis"), a diversified sustainable energy generation company, is pleased to announce that it has awarded a contract to subsea engineering specialists ETA Limited for the manufacture and delivery of the world's most advanced subsea tidal turbine connection system which will underpin the MeyGen extension activities known as Project Stroma.  
Reducing Single Use PlasticThumbnail for article : Reducing Single Use Plastic
Scotland is leading the way in tackling marine litter, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told international delegates attending Scotland's International Marine Conference today in Glasgow.   The First Minister announced a £175,200 campaign promoting the use of re-usable sanitary products to reduce the more than 100 billion pieces of sanitary waste disposed of every year.  
Brexit concerns raised by third sector
The concerns of stakeholders from across society on the possible impacts of Brexit have been highlighted by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during a speech in Glasgow to leaders from the third sector.   Following the launch of the Scottish Government's £150,000 Brexit Stakeholder Engagement Fund in May 2018, 11 projects across the country have been examining the impacts that Brexit may have on communities in Scotland.  
New Opportunity For Young Business LeadersThumbnail for article : New Opportunity For Young Business Leaders
Young business leaders in the Highlands are being offered a chance to join a dynamic and highly personalised business growth programme to help drive their businesses forward.   In October a chocolatier, an estate agent and a seller of Indian spices along with eight others became the first young leaders to be selected for IMPACT30.  
Fuel Poverty In Scotland Targeted By Scottish Government
A bill outlining new measures to tackle fuel poverty was debated in the Scottish Parliament today.   Members were be asked to agree to the general principles of the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill, which has three main aims.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 20 February 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (February, 20th) sold 741 store cattle, 65 adult head of breeding cattle and 108 OTM cattle.   Bullocks (403) averaged 231.6p, and sold to 326.9p per kg for a 260kg Limousin cross from Croft Grant, Dalchalm, and £1,370 for a 750kg Limousin cross from Ashley, North Kessock.  
Test Blasting At Berridale Road Improvement ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Test Blasting At Berridale Road Improvement Programme
Trial Small Scale Rock Blasting Notification Period 1pm-4pm Tuesday 26th February 2019.   RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd have been awarded the contract by Transport Scotland to construct improvements to the road alignment and the existing tight hairpin bend on the A9 at Berriedale Braes.  
Calls For EU Nationals To Stay In ScotlandThumbnail for article : Calls For EU Nationals To Stay In Scotland
The Scottish Government will increase its efforts to encourage EU citizens to remain in Scotland, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will confirm in an address to the Assemblee Nationale, the lower house of the French Parliament, as she describes the UK's decision to end Freedom of Movement as part of its Brexit deal as a ‘self-defeating measure.' Speaking to the Foreign Affairs Committee after opening the Scottish Government's new office in Paris, the First Minister will give her support to EU citizens currently living in Scotland.  She will say: "Those EU citizens of course include 13,000 French people, who are our colleagues, friends, neighbours and in many cases our family.  
Farming And Climate Change - Young Farmers Leading The Way
Four young farmers and crofters have been appointed to champion a cultural and behavioural shift towards low-carbon, environmentally sustainable farming in Scotland.   The Young Farmer Climate Change Champions will work through peer-to-peer learning to highlight how farmers can improve efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce costs, and enhance the sustainability of their businesses.  
£40m Charitable Bonds Funding For Affordable HomesThumbnail for article : £40m Charitable Bonds Funding For Affordable Homes
The £40 million additional investment in charitable bonds for 2019/20 is expected to generate £10 million of donations, with the grant donations created by the programme so far having already provided funding for over 250 homes for social rent.   Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:"The government's innovative use of charitable bonds is making a real contribution to the delivery of our target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes by March 2021.  
£18m For Oneweb Satellite Constellation To Deliver Global CommunicationsThumbnail for article : £18m For Oneweb Satellite Constellation To Deliver Global Communications
Affordable worldwide internet coverage is one step closer today, after £18 million of UK Space Agency funding was awarded to OneWeb through the European Space Agency, to aid the development of its next generation satellite constellation.   A global communications network in space, the system will be comprised of approximately 650 satellites initially and scale to more than 900 satellites over time.  
Making Tax Digital For VAT From 1st April 2019
Making Tax Digital: how VAT businesses and other VAT entities can get ready.   If you run a VAT-registered business with a taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold (currently £85,000) you are required to keep digital VAT business records and send returns using Making Tax Digital (MTD)-compatible software.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 19 February 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (February, 19th) sold 4 prime cattle.   Prime heifers (4) averaged 211.0p (-1.2p) and sold to 213.0p per kg and £1,354.50 gross.  
Wages Rising Fastest In A DecadeThumbnail for article : Wages Rising Fastest In A Decade
UK wages are increasing at their joint-fastest rate in a decade, with unemployment remaining low at 4 per cent.   UK wages are increasing at their joint-fastest rate in a decade, with unemployment remaining low at 4 per cent.  
Reforming succession law
The public is being asked for their views on how the law covering inheritance rules in Scotland could be made fairer.   A newly-launched consultation asks how an estate should be split when there are both a surviving spouse and children.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week commencing 11 February 2019.   SpaceHub Sutherland: The SHS team are holding more events this week - in both the Melness Community Centre (Tuesday 19th February, 15.30-20.00) and the Pentland Hotel, Thurso (Wednesday 20th February, 15.30-20.00).  
Caithness Taxi Firm Jimmy's In Running For AwardThumbnail for article : Caithness Taxi Firm Jimmy's In Running For Award
Local Caithness Taxi firm Jimmy's Taxis is heading south to find out if they will win the "Family Business of the Year Award" at the Scottish Taxi and Privare Hire Awards ceremony.   The STPH Awards will take place in the DoubleTree by Hilton in Glasgow, on Saturday 9th March 2019.  
Highland Council Does Not Go For Maximum Council Tax IncreaseThumbnail for article : Highland Council Does Not Go For Maximum Council Tax Increase
Highland council today agreed at the budget meeting not to apply the 4.79% increase recently allowed by Scottish Government in their budget but instead are restricting it to 3% increase for 2019/20.   Council Tax is charged on all domestic properties and each property is banded in one of 8 bands (A to H) based on the assessed value of the property.