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HIE chief executive to step down in summerThumbnail for article : HIE chief executive to step down in summer
Charlotte Wright, who has led the development agency for the past five years, has announced she plans to step down in the summer for personal reasons.   In a message to staff, Ms Wright said she had taken the difficult decision to resign after a great deal of careful thought.  
30/4/2021
New Partnership Supports International Credit Union Community
This new project aims to share research and resources with credit unions in the UK and Ireland.   Filene Research Institute announced an exclusive partnership with the Dublin, Ireland-based CMutual to expand research and resources available to credit unions in the United Kingdom and Ireland.  
30/4/2021
UK Credit Unions Has Reached Its Highest Reported Value At £3.98 BillionThumbnail for article : UK Credit Unions Has Reached Its Highest Reported Value At £3.98 Billion
The latest quarterly report by the Bank of England shows UK Credit Unions continue to increase in strength.   The report published on 30 April 2021 showed - Adult membership of credit unions increased in 2020 Q4 after decreasing in 2020 Q3.  
HIE Awards Framework Agreement For Specialist Advice For Businesses
Regional development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has awarded a new framework agreement for the procurement of specialist advise to support its clients.   Business advisory firm, Anderson Anderson Brown (AAB), will identify, procure and manage specialist advisors who will support HIE clients as they recover from the pandemic and meet the challenges of Brexit.  
Scottish wedding sector supported by £25million fundThumbnail for article : Scottish wedding sector supported by £25million fund
Over 2,800 businesses which operate within the Scottish wedding industry have been supported by £25.9million worth of funding to help survive the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.   A total of 2,811 eligible firms received a share of the Scottish Wedding Industry Fund, which was provided by the Scottish Government and administered by a partnership of South of Scotland Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  
Consolidation Of Spent Fuel And Nuclear Materials - Dounreay And Other SitesThumbnail for article : Consolidation Of Spent Fuel And Nuclear Materials - Dounreay And Other Sites
Statement issue18 March 2021 by NDA, Dounreay and Sellafield.   In 2013 we concluded the development of our strategy to remove unirradiated nuclear material from Dounreay and consolidate it at Sellafield.  
Alumni Event Marks Three Years Of PathfinderThumbnail for article : Alumni Event Marks Three Years Of Pathfinder
A fully funded business growth programme aimed at nurturing life sciences and technology businesses is celebrating the completion of its third year.   Pathfinder Accelerator was developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to help businesses bring new ideas to market quicker.  
Design Contract Awarded For Dounreay Shaft And Silo WorkThumbnail for article : Design Contract Awarded For Dounreay Shaft And Silo Work
Dounreay has awarded an important waste clean-up contract to Jacobs as the site plans for the future of its deepest historic radioactive waste store.   Jacobs and its supporting partners have been awarded a 6-year contract to provide a design management team to produce a fully integrated design for the shaft and silo project.  
Boost For New Tourism Business In MorayThumbnail for article : Boost For New Tourism Business In Moray
A project to create a new luxury venue and holiday accommodation in Moray has secured up to £100,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The project, by Rothes Glen Limited (RGL), will create up to ten new full-time equivalent jobs in rural Speyside.  
24/2/2021
Launch Of £15 Million Scottish Community Lenders Fund
A new £15 million fund has been announced to support affordable lending services.   It will support Credit Unions and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) which offer financial help to those who have poor credit and are often turned away from high street banks.  
NDA Innovation Competition Winners Have Been Announced - £3.9 MillionThumbnail for article : NDA Innovation Competition Winners Have Been Announced - £3.9 Million
14 successful companies have been awarded contracts to come up with innovative approaches to remotely sort and segregate radioactive waste.   The ‘Sort and Seg' innovation competition, worth £3.9 million in total, was launched in July 2020.  
NDA Appoints Lawrie Haynes As New Chair Designate For DounreayThumbnail for article : NDA Appoints Lawrie Haynes As New Chair Designate For Dounreay
David Peattie, Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, has announced the appointment of Lawrie Haynes as Chair Designate of Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.  (DSRL).  
The Latest Fraser Of Allander Scottish Business Monitor
This week we published our latest Scottish Business Monitor in partnership with Addleshaw Goddard.  You can read the latest Scottish Business Monitor in full here.  
The United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 - What It MeansThumbnail for article : The United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 - What It Means
The Institute for government has produce a paper explaining the Act.   The United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020, which became law on 17 December 2020, will govern the trading relationship between the nations of the UK.  
More young entrepreneurs set to make an impact
Another 27 young business leaders from around the Highlands and Islands have become the latest to take part in a year-long programme aimed at developing the next generation of entrepreneurs.   IMPACT30 is a fully funded business growth programme, offering bespoke support from industry specialists.  
£4.5m Investment In Argyll DevelopmentThumbnail for article : £4.5m Investment In Argyll Development
More than £4.5m is to be invested in expanding the marine enterprise cluster in Argyll, in a move that is expected to create more than 30 well-paid jobs.   HIE has approved the funding for two new stages in its development of the European Marine Science Park (EMSP) at Dunstaffnage near Oban.  
A Plus and A Minus For Moray Tourism
The Plus A three-year project to restore confidence and resilience in Moray's tourism sector, has secured £350,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The project, by strategically important destination management organisation Visit Moray and Speyside (VMS), will deliver a series of initiatives aimed at inspiring, enabling and delivering destination recovery.  
£3 Million For Snow SportsThumbnail for article : £3 Million For Snow Sports
£2 million funding was originally announced in December but has now been increased to £3 million.  The funding will support snowsports centres that have been forced to close due to Level 4 restrictions to curtail the spread of COVID-19.  
Shetland Firm To Produce Biltong Health SnackThumbnail for article : Shetland Firm To Produce Biltong Health Snack
A Shetland firm is to launch a new range of biltong snacks, including Scotland's first lamb biltong, in a move that is expected to create new jobs.   J & G Shetland Ltd, which owns Sound Service Station is set to start production at their premises in Lerwick, in February 2021.  
Odds Are On The Monte Carlo System - DounreayThumbnail for article : Odds Are On The Monte Carlo System - Dounreay
Dounreay features in a new leaflet from the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency showing recent research, development and innovation.  See the leaflet link at the bottom of this page to read about some of the other investments by the NDA.