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28/11/2019
Hi-Scot Credit Union Savers Ready For ChristmasThumbnail for article : Hi-Scot Credit Union Savers Ready For Christmas
Christmas came early across the Highlands and Islands for members of HI-Scot credit union.  Canny savers received their Christmas savings in November, leaving plenty of time to get their Christmas shopping done.  
Report Highlights Importance Of Social Enterprises To Scotland's Rural EconomyThumbnail for article : Report Highlights Importance Of Social Enterprises To Scotland's Rural Economy
Social enterprises are a critical part of the rural economy contributing £250m in the Highlands and Islands and South of Scotland areas.   This is according to new figures released by HIE and South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SoSEP).  
30/10/2019
Hi-Scot Credit Union Is 13 Years Old And Still GrowingThumbnail for article : Hi-Scot Credit Union Is 13 Years Old And Still Growing
The number thirteen might be unlucky for some, but not HI-Scot credit union who are celebrating thirteen years of serving their members across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.   From humble beginnings as an idea conceived by hard-working volunteers determined to bring an ethical, community-minded option for saving and borrowing to the islands, Western Isles credit union (HI-Scot's original incarnation) opened its doors in 2006.  
Gail Ross MSP Has Launched A Consultation On Remote Rural CommunitiesThumbnail for article : Gail Ross MSP Has Launched A Consultation On Remote Rural Communities
At a gathering in Wick town Hall on Monday 28th October 2019 Gail Ross MSP launched a consultation on a remote rural communities bill that would be similar protection for mainland communities as the 2018 Islands Act for Scottish islands.   Caithness, Sutherland and Ross MSP Gail Ross is proposing the legislation, which would mean public bodies would have to take the impact on remote rural communities into account when making policy.  
Decommissioning In Japan - Learning From DounreayThumbnail for article : Decommissioning In Japan - Learning From Dounreay
As part of the nuclear sector deal, to foster ever-stronger links between the British and Japanese nuclear industry, Councillor Struan Mackie who represents Thurso and North West Caithness on Highland Council (Deputy-Chair of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group) undertook a five day Japanese visit to discuss the impact of nuclear decommissioning on local communities with stakeholders in Tsuruga City, Fukui prefecture.   The whistle-stop visit included two days in Tsuruga on , the home of the Japanese Atomic Energy Agencies fast reactor ‘Monju', is generally regarded to be a ‘partner plant' to Dounreay's PFR in Caithness.  
Dounreay Supplier Day Looks At Clean-up OpportunitiesThumbnail for article : Dounreay Supplier Day Looks At Clean-up Opportunities
Dounreay's latest supplier information day, hosted jointly with companies appointed to its decommissioning services framework, has proved popular with companies from around the UK.   Around 200 people packed into a venue in Wick, Caithness to hear about plans for future work to decommission the site.  
Half the fuel gone from iconic Dounreay reactorThumbnail for article : Half the fuel gone from iconic Dounreay reactor
Half of the last remaining radioactive fuel elements jammed for decades inside the iconic Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) have now been removed.   DFR with its famous dome once led the world in fast breeder technology.  
Wellness Tourism: A market you can't afford to miss!Thumbnail for article : Wellness Tourism:  A market you can't afford to miss!
Wellness Tourism is worth over £500bn worldwide, and has grown more than twice as fast as tourism overall.   Join us for the latest series of ‘TUNE INTO TOURISM', and explore how you can capitalise on this growing trend.  
11/10/2019
Work Not Worry - Help Your Employees Save With Your Credit UnionThumbnail for article : Work Not Worry - Help Your Employees Save With Your Credit Union
Employers can help their staff to save very easily by offering payroll deductions each month with a credit union.   Credit unions are financial co-operatives owned and controlled by their members.  
£465k Digital And Innovation Support Programme Announced
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands looking to develop their use of digital technology and innovation are set to benefit from a new £465,000 support programme.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) announced the investment on Monday 30 September 2019 at a digital collaboration event to launch the refreshed #hellodigital facility in An Lochran, Inverness.  
1/10/2019
Hi-scot Credit Union Taking Part In Worldwide CelebrationsThumbnail for article : Hi-scot Credit Union Taking Part In Worldwide Celebrations
In October HI-Scot, the credit union for the Highlands and Islands, will take part in a worldwide celebration of credit unions.   Thursday 17th October is International Credit Union Day 2019, a day which highlights the history and achievements of the movement, as well as raising the profile of the work of credit unions in local communities, reflected in this year's theme: 'Local Service, Global Reach.' "HI-Scot has been working across the Highlands and Islands for thirteen years and, in 2019, we have over three thousand members," said HI-Scot General Manager, David Mackay, "In that time we have approved over four thousand loans.  
EU delegation visit Highland social enterprises
Fourteen delegates from organisations across Europe that are tackling socio-economic challenges will visit the Highlands this week.   The visit is part of the next project meeting of the Support Network for Social Entrepreneurs (SuNSE) and will take place during 1-3 October in Inverness and Sutherland.  
Community Projects Benefit Over £80k In CNS Fund Latest Funding
Seven community projects are to benefit from over £80k of funding following the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund's latest grant awards.   CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said "Our latest funding includes improvements to youth activities, community and recreational facilities as well as progressing an ambitious project to establish a major visitor attraction in Caithness.  
Survey Finds Majority Of Highlands And Islands Businesses Use Fair Work Practices
The latest Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Business Panel Survey published today (10 September) shows that 89% of companies across the region are offering benefits such as competitive levels of pay, training and skills development, flexible working and paying the living wage.   Over a thousand businesses across the region took part in the latest survey conducted between 10 June and 8 July.  
Public Invited To Share Views On Satellite Launch Site Proposals
Plans to create a spaceport that will launch communications satellites into orbit from the Moine peninsula in Sutherland are set to be unveiled for discussion at public meetings over the next two months.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which is backing the £17.3m project to design and build Space Hub Sutherland, has today (Wednesday 4 September) lodged a proposal of application notice with the Highland Council.  
Dounreay Apprentices Celebrate Completion Of Training SchemeThumbnail for article : Dounreay Apprentices Celebrate Completion Of Training Scheme
Seven Dounreay apprentices have received their indenture certificates at a special event to mark the successful conclusion of their 4-year training programme.   The latest group ‘graduating' joined the company in 2015 - the 60th year apprentices had been part of the workforce at Dounreay and the first time in more than a decade that design office apprentices had been recruited.  
Pentland Housing Association enter into negotiations with Cairn HousingThumbnail for article : Pentland Housing Association enter into negotiations with Cairn Housing
Pentland Housing Association has decided to transfer to Cairn Housing Association following a strategic review.   Tenants, staff and board members were all involved in the review which was set up to plan for the future of the Association and how it provides homes and services to tenants and other customers.  
A new intermediate waste store is being constructed at Dounreay.Thumbnail for article : A new intermediate waste store is being constructed at Dounreay.
The first concrete pour has taken place on a new waste store at Dounreay that will be needed for the closure of the site.   Dounreay awarded the contract to construct the new intermediate level waste store to GRAHAM Construction Ltd.  
Social business programme launches across the Highlands and Islands
People with a business idea that will benefit their local community or environment will soon have access to a new programme of support, being launched across the Highlands and Islands.   Known as the Social Start-Up School, the innovative programme will be delivering four locally focused initiatives.  
Help For Contractors Registering Highland Council's For Trade Services Framework Agreement
Don't Lose Out On Potential Contracts In Coming Months.   Help for contractors in Caithness and Sutherland with registration on the Public Contracts Scotland portal and their completion of the Highland Council's Trade Services Framework Agreement.