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Scots And German Renewables Groups To Collaborate On Offshore Wind And HydrogenThumbnail for article : Scots And German Renewables Groups To Collaborate On Offshore Wind And Hydrogen
Renewable energy industry groups in Scotland and Germany are joining forces to boost the production of both offshore wind energy and green hydrogen.   The north of Scotland's offshore wind cluster organisation, DeepWind, has today (Wednesday 23 September 2020) signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with its German counterpart, WAB.  
18/9/2020
Saving In The Time of Pandemic - Check Out The Credit UnionThumbnail for article : Saving In The Time of Pandemic - Check Out The Credit Union
2020 has not been the easiest of years and, for many people, saving has been the last thing on their minds - but there's never been a more prudent time to think about putting money aside for a rainy day.  Or a global pandemic.  
Contract For World's Deepest Nuclear Clean-up Awarded At DounreayThumbnail for article : Contract For World's Deepest Nuclear Clean-up Awarded At Dounreay
Dounreay has awarded a major contract as the world's deepest nuclear clean-up job gets underway.   Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL), on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, awarded the £7.5 million contract for "advanced transition works" at the 65 metre deep shaft and silo to Nuvia and its partner Graham Construction, through the site's decommissioning framework following a competitive tendering process.  
Funding Boost For Wester Ross Dry Dock Accommodation ProjectThumbnail for article : Funding Boost For Wester Ross Dry Dock Accommodation Project
A project to create accommodation facilities at Kishorn dry dock in Wester Ross has secured investment of up to £94,675 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   Having on-site accommodation will enhance the dock's capacity and help it attract more high-end contracts in offshore renewables and oil and gas decommissioning.  
Building Resilience For Island Communities
£2 million for locally-led green recovery.   Island communities will benefit from a £2 million programme of locally-led green projects designed to help support their economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  
Pathfinder taster session date set as programme opens for applicationsThumbnail for article : Pathfinder taster session date set as programme opens for applications
A free programme to help businesses accelerate their growth has opened for new applications, with a virtual taster session arranged for 24 September 2020.   Developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the Pathfinder Accelerator programme provides fast-track training and mentoring and will be delivered completely online.  
NDA Launches Leadership Partnership To Inspire Young Nuclear ProfessionalsThumbnail for article : NDA Launches Leadership Partnership To Inspire Young Nuclear Professionals
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has today launched a year-long partnership aimed at inspiring and supporting young people in the nuclear industry.   Chief Executive David Peattie announced the NDA's partnership with the Nuclear Institute's Young Generation Network (YGN) today at a special webinar for young professionals.  
7/9/2020
Mutual exchange policy - Housing tenant consultationThumbnail for article : Mutual exchange policy - Housing tenant consultation
Highland Housing partners are asking their tenants to have their say on proposed changes to the mutual exchange policy.   Mutual Exchanges help tenants to move by swapping their homes with other tenants.  
Spy Satellites Destined For Scottish SpaceportsThumbnail for article : Spy Satellites Destined For Scottish Spaceports
The online news hound "The Ferret has published a story today that the space hubs being proposed for Sutherland and Shetland will be used to launch spy satellites.   The arms industry is preparing to use two spaceports planned for Scotland to launch military spy satellites, an investigation by The Ferret can reveal.  
Orkney community group plans new use for former boat storeThumbnail for article : Orkney community group plans new use for former boat store
The Nouster Boat Store is situated on Papa Westray (known locally as Papay) and will become home for a new arts residency programme and the Bothy Museum, which is currently located at Holland Farm on the island.   Papay Development Trust has been awarded £31,458 funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to help it acquire and develop the Grade B Listed building.  
Working together for economic recoveryThumbnail for article : Working together for economic recovery
Unlocking the potential of the Highlands and Islands will be a key factor in Scotland's recovery, writes Alistair Dodds, Chair of HIE.   Nothing focuses the mind more than a crisis.  
HIE approves £3m support for tourism DMOsThumbnail for article : HIE approves £3m support for tourism DMOs
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is to invest £3m over the next three years in tourism destination management organisations (DMOs) as part of the agency's support for the sector's recovery.   DMOs are formalised membership organisations representing local tourism providers, with many involved in regional level partnership working.  
Deadline extended for comments on Cairngorm masterplan documentThumbnail for article : Deadline extended for comments on Cairngorm masterplan document
Cairngorm Estate owner, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), has responded positively to a request from stakeholders to extend the deadline, which was originally to be 31 August.   Deadline extended to 15 September.  
New online workshops for heritage organisationsThumbnail for article : New online workshops for heritage organisations
Reaching new audiences through digital media will be the focus of free online workshops for heritage organisations being held over the next two months.   The first series of virtual events held in May and June proved popular with thousands of viewers during the lockdown.  
Hotel Support Programme WelcomedThumbnail for article : Hotel Support Programme Welcomed
Businesses that meet the criteria will be eligible for both grants and a holistic business review with bespoke support based on their individual needs.   Carroll Buxton, deputy chief executive of HIE, said: "Hotels are at the heart of our tourism sector, which is central to our regional economy and a vital source of rural employment.  
Space Hub Sutherland Application Submitted To Scottish Land CourtThumbnail for article : Space Hub Sutherland Application Submitted To Scottish Land Court
Plans to establish a vertical launch site for satellites in the north of Scotland have taken another step forward.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is applying to the Scottish Land Court for consent to build, operate and, ultimately, decommission Space Hub Sutherland on a crofting estate on the A'Mhoine peninsula.  
NORTH politician extolls the virtues of Highlands & IslandsThumbnail for article : NORTH politician extolls the virtues of Highlands & Islands
Enterprise and seeks trade minister's agreement budget should be spared instead of cut A NORTH politician extolled the virtues of Highlands & Islands Enterprise today in Holyrood’s Debating Chamber - and said it was crucial its budget is spared from further cuts.   MSP David Stewart asked Scotland’s Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee to recognise the "first-class work" being done by Lifescan and the Centre for Health Science in Inverness, and in particular the focus that is being made on diabetes research and development.  
NDA Calls For People To Have Their Say On Its StrategyThumbnail for article : NDA Calls For People To Have Their Say On Its Strategy
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has today published its fourth Draft Strategy and begun a 12-week public consultation.   The NDA regularly reviews its Strategy to ensure it has the right approach to decommissioning its 17 nuclear sites and benefits from the latest learning, best practice and can continue to deliver value for the taxpayer.  
Space Hub In Sutherland Wins Planning ApprovalThumbnail for article : Space Hub In Sutherland Wins Planning Approval
Ambitious plans to launch satellites into orbit from the north Highlands of Scotland have been approved by the area's local authority.   Ambitious plans to launch satellites into orbit from the north Highlands of Scotland have been approved by the area's local authority.  
20/8/2020
Caithness Chamber Of Commerce To Launch Free Test & Protect Service For North Highland Businesses
Caithness Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that, thanks to the generous support of Highlands & Islands Enterprise, it will be launching a free, simple online service to allow hospitality businesses across the North Highlands to safely collect and store customer data in line with official guidelines to support the Scottish Government's Test & Protect Programme.   This new service, #ProtectNorthHighlands, will be launching on 26 August and will be free for any business in Caithness and Sutherland to access.