Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson has moved to reassure communities about forthcoming budget decisions. She said: "No decisions will be made until the Council meets on 15 February.
'Switched on @ Work' is an event to help employees and businesses identify the benefits of switching to ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). ULEVs range from pure electric, plug-in hybrids and extended range electric vehicles.
Recent VisitScotland figures have highlighted that 62%* of holidaymakers to Scotland said trying locally sourced food and drink is an important part of their visit. Share In a bid to capitalise on the benefits of a close relationship between food and drink producers and the tourism sector, a range of industry representatives and public agencies are working together to develop a new strategy - the ‘National Framework to Grow Food Tourism'.
At Highland Council work has been ongoing for some months to prepare a Revenue and Capital Budget for 2018/19 and beyond, with the anticipation of a significant cut to available funds. The Scottish Government's proposed grant settlement was announced on 14 December 2017.
Proposed 50p minimum unit price for alcohol would increase prices of around 70% of off-trade alcohol purchases. The Scottish Government plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol on 1 May 2018.
Wick High School !0th February 2018 10.00am - 2.00pm. See poster for details..
Week Commencing 8 January 2018 Energy & business services: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy - the suppliers of the turbines for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm - are advertising several new roles to be based at the operations base in Wick. See http://forum.caithness.org/forumdisplay.php?22-Job-Vacancies.
MONEY DASHBOARD WELCOMES IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW BANKING RULES. Money Dashboard, the UK's leading personal finance assistant, has welcomed the implementation of new EU banking rules - called Payment Services Directive 2 - on Saturday 13th January 2018. Commenting, Steve Tigar, Money Dashboard's CEO, said:"Money Dashboard has been helping people make their money go further since 2010.
Trade unions representing local government workers across Scotland (UNISON, Unite and GMB) have submitted their pay claim to local government today (12 January 2018). The pay claim was submitted to COSLA (employers) by the Trade Union side of the Scottish Local Government Joint Council for the period 1 April 2018 to 31st March 2019 at a meeting of the Scottish Joint Council at 2pm today.
What does this mean for future trade policy? Globalisation, and the accompanying internalisation of firms' supply chains that has occurred over recent decades, have changed the way we should think about trade flows and in particular the UK's trade with the EU. It is increasingly the case that countries' exports embody imports from abroad, whether in the form of imported raw materials, components or business services.
More remote and rural businesses will benefit. At least 28,000 new apprentices will be trained next year, with increased support for rural areas and key sectors.
Scotland is on a complex and fast-paced journey of devolution. This brings new opportunities and risks for public finances and how they're managed in a world of growing demand and challenges for public services.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (January, 10th) sold 2,097 sheep of all classes. Lambs (988) sold to £75 gross for Cheviots from South Balkeith, Tain.
Agriculture in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland faces an uncertain future after Brexit according to a new study from the Centre on Constitutional Change, The Repatriation of Competences in Agriculture after Brexit [PDF], published today. The research, conducted by the Centre's director, Professor Michael Keating, investigated the challenges presented by UK policymaking being heavily influenced by the needs of agriculture in England, which are quite different from those in the devolved territories.
Proposal to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic cotton buds. Plans to introduce legislation to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic stemmed cotton buds have been announced by Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.
Luxury resort Auchrannie has completed its transition to become Scotland's latest employee-owned business, with 160 members of staff becoming owners. Share Located in Brodick on the Isle of Arran, Auchrannie is an award-winning resort comprising two 4-star hotels, thirty 5-star self-catering lodges, two leisure clubs, three individually branded restaurants, a children’s Playbarn, an ASPA spa and Arran Adventure outdoor company.
The increasing use of digital services in a connected world brings an increasing threat of cyberattack. The Internet that connects systems doesn't discriminate between the type of traffic it allows on the network, it is our responsibility to manage this when we connect to and use the Internet by recognising and reducing the risk as appropriate.
A special week long programme is being held in the Highlands and Islands de-mystifying the ways data can be used to change lives, deliver better services and grow business. Share Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is co-ordinating a local Fringe programme as part of the Scottish DataFest18 festival, organised by The Data Lab.
Around £3 million of funding has been agreed for a ground-breaking Highland project that could transform the lives of people with complex health needs as part of the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal. The business case for the ‘FitHome' assisted living project was approved in November last year with £3m funding from the Scottish Government.
Highland Council Trading Standards team has recently seen an increase in scams targeting Highland businesses. The most common scams reported by businesses relate to marketing and publishing but other frauds such as those involving demands for payment for unsolicited goods sent to businesses (such as ink cartridges which were never ordered) are also on the rise.