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Highlands And Islands Enterprise - Latest Covid19 Guidance
We would like to reassure you that HIE is doing all it can to gather information and work with Scottish Government to ensure that the appropriate support is reaching our communities and local economy.   We hope to soon have more detail about how to access the recently announced Scottish Government grants to help communities affected by Covid19 https://www.gov.scot/news/helping-communities-affected-by-covid-19 You will have seen new headlines emerging daily at a national and UK level with proposed measures to help individuals, businesses and communities.  
17/3/2020
Hi-Scot Credit Union - Ready For CoronavirusThumbnail for article : Hi-Scot Credit Union - Ready For Coronavirus
COVID-19 (coronavirus) information.   We're here to help We're here to support you in a number of different ways.  
Datafest20 Launched In InvernessThumbnail for article : Datafest20 Launched In Inverness
Scotland's two week festival of data was launched on 9th March 2020 by Scottish Government's cabinet secretary for finance Kate Forbes in An Lòchran, Inverness.   Now in its fourth year, DataFest will once again showcase Scotland's leading role in data science and artificial intelligence.  
Most Northerly Distillery Set To Go At John O'GroatsThumbnail for article : Most Northerly Distillery Set To Go At John O'Groats
Planning permission was granted yesterday for a 32,670 square foot site that will house a distillery, visitor centre and bonded warehouse.   The new micro distillery at John O'Groats has secured a grant from Highland and Islands Enterprise of £198,000.  
26/2/2020
HI-Scot credit union is on a mission - to get the Highlands and Islands saving in 2020Thumbnail for article : HI-Scot credit union is on a mission - to get the Highlands and Islands saving in 2020
"As we enter our fourteenth year of business, we'll be spreading the word about the benefits of saving with the credit union," said HI-Scot's General Manager, David Mackay.  "HI-Scot is member led and member run and we offer a range of services." HI-Scot is well established in the Western Isles, where the credit union is based.  
Satellite Launch Site Plans - Another ViewThumbnail for article : Satellite Launch Site Plans - Another View
The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has submitted a planning application for a vertical launch site, Space Hub Sutherland, that it plans to construct on the A' Mhoine peninsula, Melness, near Tongue.  
Contract Awarded For £250k Adventure Tourism ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Contract Awarded For £250k Adventure Tourism Programme
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has contracted marketing and business development company, Business and Tourism Solutions (BTS), who will work with Lochaber Chamber of Commerce to deliver the programme.   It will provide intensive engagement, support and interventions for around 50 businesses and providers in the sector across the Highland Council area.  
Plans Submitted For Satellite Launch Site In Sutherland
The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years.   The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years.  
More Pain For Highland As HIE Budget Gets Second Year Of Cuts
According to the draft Scottish Govenment budget, Highlands and Islands Enterprise will get £58.2 million in the upcoming financial year - down from £61.1 million last year.   2018/19 the budget was £71.7 million.  
6/2/2020
Why Payroll Deduction? - Check Out Hi-Scot Credit UnionThumbnail for article : Why Payroll Deduction? - Check Out Hi-Scot Credit Union
In 2020, HI-Scot credit union's focus is on making saving and borrowing easier for our members, particularly through the use of payroll deduction with businesses across the Highlands and Islands.   Thousands of employees already have access to payroll deduction with HI-Scot, something the credit union wants to build on in the coming year, promoting the service to employees who work with existing partners and showing other businesses the benefits of offering payroll deduction to their staff.  
NDA group enjoys a big WiN at awards ceremonyThumbnail for article : NDA group enjoys a big WiN at awards ceremony
Employees from across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group have been honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony in London.   The Women in Nuclear (WiN) Annual Awards recognises those who have gone above and beyond to promote gender balance and diversity across the nuclear sector.  
30/1/2020
40 New Jobs Expected In Five Years As Ashley Ann, Wick Plans Further GrowthThumbnail for article : 40 New Jobs Expected In Five Years As Ashley Ann, Wick Plans Further Growth
A Caithness company is planning to invest more than £2m in its Wick plant, in a move that could see up to 40 new jobs created in the town over the next five years.   Family-run Ashley Ann Ltd (AAL) designs and manufactures kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.  
30/1/2020
Hi-scot Credit Union Offers Payroll Deductions
HI-Scot, the credit union for the Highlands and Islands, has vowed to make 2020 the year when saving and borrowing are even more accessible.  With a focus on payroll deduction, allowing people to save directly from their pay packet every month via their employer, the credit union offers a viable alternative to high street banking in 2020.  
The NDA has launched its 2020 Stakeholder Survey
We're looking for your input to help shape future engagement.   The on-line survey only takes 10-15 minutes to finish and gives stakeholders, with an interest in the NDA's decommissioning and clean-up mission, a chance to air their views on progress - and on how they can do things better.  
Highlands and Islands Enterprise Look To Hi-tech To Improve Fish IndustryThumbnail for article : Highlands and Islands Enterprise Look To Hi-tech To Improve Fish Industry
The transnational project, called ‘DisruptAqua', is worth €155,000 and is being supported by the European Union's Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA) 2014-2020.   As the demand for fish is increasing, the innovative use of existing and new technologies is required.  
23/12/2019
Best Year Ever For Hi-Scot Credit UnionThumbnail for article : Best Year Ever For Hi-Scot Credit Union
As 2019 draws to an end, the staff and volunteers at HI-Scot credit union are reflecting on a successful year for the organisation.   "We are pleased to report that 2019 was another twelve months of growth for HI-Scot," said Margaret Ann MacLeod, Chair of the Board of Directors, "This is good news not only for the credit union, but for our members and the communities we serve across the Highlands and Islands." At the recent HI-Scot AGM, the members attending approved a 0.5% dividend.  
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.