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12/5/2022
Reids of Caithness take Best Biscuit in Scotland titleThumbnail for article : Reids of Caithness take Best Biscuit in Scotland title
With Scottish Bakers members out in force for their annual conference in Glasgow, the baker was presented their prize by Scottish Bakers' Ambassador Mich Turner MBE.  He said, "With nearly 500 products from 57 bakers entered and with each product assessed for appearance, the quality of the bake and taste, Reids of Caithness should be very proud of their success.  
Alternative Waste Route Found For Dounreay's Bulk Metal ItemsThumbnail for article : Alternative Waste Route Found For Dounreay's Bulk Metal Items
Two large redundant items that were removed from Dounreay's facilities have now left the site for disposal or diversion, opening up new waste routes.   Dounreay in partnership with Nuclear Waste Services and its contractor Cyclife first trialled an alternative treatment option for the site's metallic waste in 2019, when 66 tonnes of redundant metal equipment were sent to Cyclife's specialist facility for recycling.  
Still Time To Keep The HeidThumbnail for article : Still Time To Keep The Heid
Readers young and old are being challenged to spend six minutes reading on Wednesday 11May 2022.   It is part of Keep the Heid and Read campaign, a Scotland-wide reading initiative led by The Scottish Library and Information Council.  
Merger Of UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides And UHI West Highland First Consultation Phase ConcludedThumbnail for article : Merger Of UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides And UHI West Highland First Consultation Phase Concluded
Initial consultation finds support for proposed college merger project THE first phase of consultation around the proposed merger of UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland has concluded.   The majority of respondents were supportive of the rationale for the merger and the overall direction and vision for the proposed new college.  
Highlands And Islands Supply Chain Showcased At All-energy 2022
All-Energy is back for its 21st anniversary and the first face-to-face event in two years.   In conjunction with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the region's businesses will exhibit on the HI-energy pavilion, which once again will host the largest regional presence at the show.  
Space-themed Stem Activity For Secondary School Pupils Launches In HighlandThumbnail for article : Space-themed Stem Activity For Secondary School Pupils Launches In Highland
Scotland's space industry is undergoing massive growth, and the Highlands and Islands are at the forefront.   Commercial spaceports that will put satellites into low Earth orbit from Sutherland and Shetland have received planning permission and their development is well underway.  
Region's Businesses Visit Orkney To Boost Food And DrinkThumbnail for article : Region's Businesses Visit Orkney To Boost Food And Drink
Ten representatives of businesses from member organisation Shetland Food and Drink included Shetland Fisherman's Association, Whalsay Made and Shetland Reel Gin.   Eight representatives from Food from Argyll and two from Bute Kitchen joined the collaborative visit to Orkney including Mull Cheese, Argyll Coffee and IslayCocoa.  
Keep The Heid And Read This Wednesday 11th MayThumbnail for article : Keep The Heid And Read This Wednesday 11th May
Readers young and old are being challenged to spend six minutes reading on Wednesday 11May 2022.   It is part of Keep the Heid and Read campaign, a Scotland-wide reading initiative led by The Scottish Library and Information Council.  
6/5/2022
Highland Council 2022 Election Results
All the results for the 2022 Highland Council election have been declared.   They are as follows: Independent - 21 Scottish Conservative and Unionist - 10 Scottish Green Party - 4 Scottish Labour Party - 2 Scottish Liberal Democrats - 15 Scottish National Party (SNP) - 22 Total elected 74 The first meeting of the new Council will be held on Thursday 26 May.  
29/4/2022
Progress Update On Reinstatement Works At Wick Community Campus
The Highland Council and their development partners Hub North Scotland (Wick) ltd have agreed that reinstatement works for a section of wall cladding for the games hall at Wick Community Campus will be carried out during the coming summer holiday period.   This is to minimise disruption to the building users, in particular pupils at Wick High School, who are currently undergoing national exams until June.  
29/4/2022
Open Day To Highlight Draft Conservation Area Appraisal And Management Plan For ThursoThumbnail for article : Open Day To Highlight Draft Conservation Area Appraisal And Management Plan For Thurso
The Highland Council is inviting individuals, community groups and local businesses in Thurso to have their say on determining how the historic centre of the town is managed in the future.   Following the success of an event held at the end of March, the Council will be hosting another public drop-in session at the start of May to highlight the draft Thurso Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan and encourage input and feedback from the local community.  
29/4/2022
New Highland Youth Convener Sought
The search is on for a new Youth Convener to champion the cause of young people in the Highlands.   The Highland Youth Convener is a sounding board for youth issues in the Highlands and has a direct line into policy makers and decision takers.  
29/4/2022
Still Over 20,000 Postal Votes To Be Returned In Highland
Postal votes are being opened every day but will not be counted until Friday 6th May along with the votes cast at polling stations.   So far Thurso and West Caithness have returned 1947 out of 3049 issued amounting to 63.86% Meanwhile Wick and East Caithness have returned 1791 out of 3111 - 57.57%.  
Top Food And Drink Awards Back For 2022Thumbnail for article : Top Food And Drink Awards Back For 2022
The fourteen categories will be open for nominations and entries from 21 April.  Entries can be made online at www.hifoodanddrinkawards.com before the closing date of the 31 May.  
Agencies Help Businesses Be More Environmentally CompetitiveThumbnail for article : Agencies Help Businesses Be More Environmentally Competitive
HIE and Scottish Enterprise (SE) teamed up to run the project, aimed at helping companies meet the growing requirement to accurately forecast their environmental impacts.   The two-month pilot recognised that environmental impact is increasingly becoming a deciding factor in a company's overall attractiveness to investors and customers.  
14/4/2022
Coming To The End Of An Era As Mackays Hotel Wick Goes Up For SaleThumbnail for article : Coming To The End Of An Era As Mackays Hotel Wick Goes Up For Sale
Murray and Ellie Lamont have decided to retire from running Mackays hotel.   The business has been in the family for 67 years being run by 3 generations.  
14/4/2022
Highland Council Trading Standards Warns Of Scam ‘TestNTrace' Text MessagesThumbnail for article : Highland Council Trading Standards Warns Of Scam ‘TestNTrace' Text Messages
Highland Council Trading Standards are warning unsuspecting members of the public to be on their guard and not fall victim to a COVID-19 contact tracing text scam that is currently in circulation.   The scam involves an unsolicited text message from ‘TestNTrace' advising the recipient that they have been a close contact of someone who has contracted the Omicron variant.  
7/4/2022
Spirit Of The Highlands And Islands Project Receives Funding From The Natural And Cultural Heritage Fund
New funding has been secured for the Spirit of the Highlands and Islands project to create innovative and interactive digital content showcasing people's stories of the region.   The grant comes from the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund (NCHF), led by NatureScot and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  
Spaceport Backer And Neighbouring Landowner Sign Memorandum Of UnderstandingThumbnail for article : Spaceport Backer And Neighbouring Landowner Sign Memorandum Of Understanding
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Wildland Limited have signed a memorandum of understanding relating to the development agency's plans to establish a satellite launch site in Sutherland.   Space Hub Sutherland will be sited on the A’ Mhoine peninsula, within the community-owned Melness Crofters Estate and next to land owned by Wildland.