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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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
Robot Goes Underground At DounreayThumbnail for article : Robot Goes Underground At Dounreay
A robot has successfully surveyed an underground radioactive ventilation duct in Dounreay's redundant laboratories.   Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) and the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear (RAIN) Hub are working together to develop a robot capable of accessing areas that are inaccessible or unsafe for humans to work in.  
Shetland Aquaculture To Benefit From ‘Game Changer' DeviceThumbnail for article : Shetland Aquaculture To Benefit From ‘Game Changer' Device
Shellfish and finfish businesses in Shetland are set to benefit from new technology designed to inform optimal and sustainable growth in the aquaculture sector.   UHI Shetland has secured £185,000 investment from HIE to purchase a high-tech piece of equipment known as an Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB).  
Search for business funding or advice - So much advice but how to find it?
There are so many places to look for funding but have you got time to find it all and read the rules for each on.   Just googling alone can take hours.  
The NDA Group Sustainability Strategy 2022Thumbnail for article : The NDA Group Sustainability Strategy 2022
This strategy sets out the NDA group's five-year path to becoming a leader in sustainability.   Transforming nuclear legacies into sustainable opportunities is the focus of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group's new Sustainability Strategy 2022.  
Moray Timber Firm To Create Jobs In Green Expansion
Plans to develop a new timber manufacturing and processing facility in Forres, Moray, have secured up to £279,000 Green Jobs Fund investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The funding was announced on Friday (25 March 2022) by Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work, Richard Lochhead, during a visit to family-owned timber processing firm James Jones & Sons (JJS).  
NDA Group Gender Pay Gap Report: 2020 To 2021
This report published on 28 March 2022 summarises the gender pay gap for the NDA group as a whole.  Within the individual organisations that make up the group: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Sellafield Limited Magnox Limited Dounreay Site Restoration Limited Low Level Waste Repository Limited Radioactive Waste Management Limited International Nuclear Services Limited Direct Rail Services Limited.  
Vulcan Nuclear Decommissioning May Be Taken Over By NDAThumbnail for article : Vulcan Nuclear Decommissioning May Be Taken Over By NDA
A new approach to decommissioning the Vulcan nuclear site next door to Dounreay by the Ministry of Defence has been been indicated.   It was confirmed at Wednesday's meeting of Dounreay Stakeholder Group (DSG) that the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency was being considered to take over the work.  
HIE Steps Up Commitment To Fair Work NationThumbnail for article : HIE Steps Up Commitment To Fair Work Nation
Scotland's development agency for the Highlands and Islands is stepping up its commitment to making the country a Fair Work Nation.   As part of its support for the Scottish Government Fair Work First agenda, the Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is introducing new conditions attached to future funding awards.  
Night-time Closure Of A9 At Inshes This Weekend 19 - 20 MarchThumbnail for article : Night-time Closure Of A9 At Inshes This Weekend 19 - 20 March
The A9 will be closed in both directions during the night this weekend (19/20 March) between the exit for Inverness Campus and Inshes, and the Raigmore interchange.   This is to allow access for a scheduled maintenance inspection of the ‘Golden Bridge'.  
Dounreay Foreshore Particle Finds LatestThumbnail for article : Dounreay Foreshore Particle Finds Latest
The details of particle finds on Dounreay foreshore has been updated.   See full details at - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/radioactive-particles-in-the-environment-around-dounreay/dounreay-foreshore-particle-finds-2021.  
Business Accelerator Programme Opens For ApplicationsThumbnail for article : Business Accelerator Programme Opens For Applications
Developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and delivered mostly online, Pathfinder Accelerator provides fast-track training and mentoring for entrepreneurs looking to build a company or launch a new product.   Businesses have until 20 April to apply to be part of this next cohort, which starts in May and is funded by the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.  
Xponorth Reveal Dates And First Speakers For 2022 Digital ConferenceThumbnail for article : Xponorth Reveal Dates And First Speakers For 2022 Digital Conference
Registration is now open for XpoNorth's highly anticipated annual conference.   15th and16th June 2022 with the them of Story Telling.  
Dounreay Foreshore Particle Latest FindsThumbnail for article : Dounreay Foreshore Particle Latest Finds
Particles are fragments of irradiated nuclear fuel discharged to sea as a result of historic practices in reprocessing.   Used fuel from the reactors on site and other research reactors in Britain and abroad was recycled in the site's reprocessing facilities.