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Rural Banking Survey ExtendedThumbnail for article : Rural Banking Survey Extended
Individuals, businesses and community groups in and around 14 communities in the Highlands and Islands have an extra two weeks to take part in an online survey on rural banking services.   Among other things, the survey asks about the importance of being able to withdraw and deposit cash locally, experiences of using Post Office and mobile banking services, and the perceived impacts of local branch closures.  
A Decade In The Un-making - Decommissioning DounreayThumbnail for article : A Decade In The Un-making - Decommissioning Dounreay
Decommissioning a nuclear reactor is about more than removing the core itself and, around a decade after work started to pull apart a host of support facilities associated with Dounreay's oldest reactor, they have all gone.   Radioactive facilities, including a cooling pond, storage compound and examination cells assisted Dounreay Materials Test Reactor (DMTR) during its operational life.  
New Partnership To Support Entrepreneurs
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands looking to grow and become more competitive are set to benefit from a new initiative for entrepreneurs.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has teamed up with Entrepreneurial Scotland (ES) to enable more enterprising individuals in the region to access its full range of activities and services.  
New PhD will explore history of North Coast 500 region
The University of the Highlands and Islands is inviting applications for a new North Coast 500 studentship.  The PhD opportunity has been developed by the university's Centre for History in partnership with the North Coast 500 initiative.  
Cause To Be Upbeat About Energy Engineering
Gavin Mackay, HIE's head of energy industries, reflects on the opportunities and challenges facing the region's energy sector.   At the launch of Oil and Gas UK's 2018 business outlook in March I was invited to use their event portal to pose questions and give my ‘multiple choice’ view of the future of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).  
Selling Online Internationally - Thurso - 18th April 2018
If your business is already selling online, or you're thinking about starting an online sales operation, why not be business brave and consider the international marketplace? With the right information, set-up and skills, your business could capitalise on the wealth of opportunities available beyond the UK!.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) invites you to attend a FREE one-day workshop, 'Selling Online Internationally', where you can learn how to increase international sales through your website.  
HIE A' Cur Fàilte Air Plana Cànain Nàiseanta Gàidhlig Ùr - HIE Welcomes Launch Of New National Gaelic Language Plan
HIE a' cur fàilte air Plana Cànain Nàiseanta Gàidhlig ùr Tha Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean (HIE) a’ cur fàilte air am Plana Cànain Nàiseanta Gàidhlig ùr 2018-23 a chaidh fhoillseachadh aig Pàrlamaid na h-Alba an-dè (Diciadain 28 Màrt).   Share Tha am Plana a’ sealltainn mar a thèid fàs a thoirt air a’ Ghàidhlig aig ìre nas luaithe ann an Alba.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 26th March 2018 Energy & Business services: As progress continues with the onshore and offshore construction of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm, news comes this week that the other offshore wind development in the Moray Firth has seen a change to its consortium of ownership.  A 33.4% stake in the Moray East project has been taken by Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, bringing them on board with existing shareholders EDPR and Engie.  
Highlands And Islands Food And Drink Awards 2018 Launch
The Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards 2018 are calling for entries from businesses across the region.   The award's fifteen categories will be open for nominations and entries until the 15th June.  
Fast Track Pathfinder For Business Start-ups
HIE is now recruiting for the 2018 intake to its Pathfinder Accelerator, a tried and tested business programme nurturing growth in life sciences and technology.   Share The Pathfinder Accelerator is specifically designed to help companies and start-ups develop novel business ideas relating to life sciences or technology and reduce time to market by testing it in the most time-efficient, cost-effective way to determine its commercial viability.  
Highlands And Islands Businesses Moving To New Technologies
Use of social media and mobile technology is on the increase by Highlands and Islands businesses, according to the region's second Digital Economy Business Survey (DEBS) released today.   Share The findings of the survey carried out by Ipsos MORI, were launched by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) during the week-long DataFest18 Fringe event being held in Inverness for businesses and the wider community for the first time.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 19th March 2018 Energy & Business services: Interesting this week to read news of continuing interest in Floating Offshore Wind on the north cost of Caithness and Sutherland.  As I've previously mentioned here, the Dounreay Tri project intended to build a Floating Offshore demonstrator project at a site around 6km north of Dounreay, but following that company's entering into administration the future for the development was uncertain.  
International Trade Workshops
HIE is calling on businesses across the region to be ‘Business Brave' and take the leap into trading overseas by signing up to its Selling Online International trade workshops.   Share The organisation has kicked off a series of free international trade workshops in a bid to support businesses that aspire to sell to overseas markets via the web but lack the knowledge and expertise to do so.  
Study To Examine Rural Access To Banking
People in 14 communities across the Highlands and Islands are being asked to take part in an online survey on rural banking services.   The survey will be used to gather feedback from a broad range of individual households, businesses and community groups in areas expected to be affected by local bank branch closures.  
Contract Awarded For Orkney Research And Innovation Campus
A £5.39m construction contract has been awarded for the development of a new Research and Innovation Campus in Orkney.   The campus is a joint venture by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Orkney Islands Council (OIC) who have appointed Kirkwall based R Clouston Limited as the main contractor.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 12th March 2018 Energy & Business services: Crown Estate Scotland has announced that following last September's Contracts for Difference auction, which demonstrated a sharp fall in the cost of offshore wind electricity, it will now consult industry and government on further leasing rounds for offshore wind.  Marine Scotland will lead a planning process to identify potential new sites, which will include both fixed and floating offshore wind.  
Caithness Company Leads The Way To A 'Cyber Strong' RegionThumbnail for article : Caithness Company Leads The Way To A 'Cyber Strong' Region
A Caithness engineering and design company has become the first to achieve national accreditation through the region's ‘Cyber Strong' initiative.   Thurso based Envision Engineering & Design has been awarded government backed Cyber Essentials certification.  
Google Training for Highlands & Islands Students to Help Them Make the Most of DigitalThumbnail for article : Google Training for Highlands & Islands Students to Help Them Make the Most of Digital
Google's Digital Garage team, which offers free digital training to people of all ages to help them find a job, grow in their career and or business, is coming to four Highlands and Islands campuses this month to give students advice on how best to sell their skills to a new employer.   As part of employability month, mentors from Google Digital Garage will travel to Alness, Inverness, Thurso and Kirkwall in Orkney to advise on how you can create a CV that shines.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 5th March 2018.   Energy & Business services: An interesting update report in today's John O'Groat Journal, which highlights that Fraser Well Management has been appointed to carry out work on the "Wick well" oil field off the Caithness coast at Lybster.  
Dounreay Team To Make Safe The Most Hazardous MaterialsThumbnail for article : Dounreay Team To Make Safe The Most Hazardous Materials
Work has started to make safe one of the most hazardous materials left at Dounreay.   Highly radioactive liquid, known as raffinate, has been stored in tanks for around 20 years after being produced as a by-product of Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) fuel reprocessing.