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Dounreay Foreshore Particle Finds 2021 - Latest Particle Find 19th NovemberThumbnail for article : Dounreay Foreshore Particle Finds 2021 - Latest Particle Find 19th November
DSRL have updated the information about particle finds on the foreshore at Dounreay to include the latest find on 19th November 2021.   An important part of the work to close down Dounreay is to address the legacy of radioactive particles in the marine environment around the site.  
Radioactive And Nuclear Substances And Waste - Update Geological Disposal: Scrutiny Of Rwm's WorkThumbnail for article : Radioactive And Nuclear Substances And Waste - Update Geological Disposal: Scrutiny Of Rwm's Work
Environment Agency and Office for Nuclear Regulation report on their scrutiny of Radioactive Waste Management's (RWM) work to develop geological disposal.   Updated 29 November 2021 - Change made: Added ‘Scrutiny of RWM's work on geological disposal - annual report 2020 to 2021'.  
Advice On Household Finances - Online Support For People Facing Financial DifficultiesThumbnail for article : Advice On Household Finances - Online Support For People Facing Financial Difficulties
Households experiencing financial difficulties are being offered greater support to help their recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.   The Money Support Scotland website, funded by the Scottish Government, will point users to a range of organisations committed to promoting the take up of social security benefits, free debt advice and access to affordable credit.  
West Coast Community Launches Hydropower SchemeThumbnail for article : West Coast Community Launches Hydropower Scheme
The Barr River hydropower scheme was completed in July 2021 on a site deep in the forest, 11 miles from the village of Lochaline.   Today will also mark the opening of two further community-developed facilities - a community hub and new housing.  
Second Forres Building Occupied By Expanding Space FirmThumbnail for article : Second Forres Building Occupied By Expanding Space Firm
The purpose built 929 square metre manufacturing facility at 5 Innovation Way is owned by park developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  It sits opposite Orbex's existing premises also located in the Enterprise Park and owned by the company.  
Entries are now open for the 2022 University of the Highlands and Islands business competitionThumbnail for article : Entries are now open for the 2022 University of the Highlands and Islands business competition
Entries are now open for the 2022 University of the Highlands and Islands business competition.  Budding entrepreneurs with a business idea are invited to apply, with £8000 in prize money up for grabs.  
The Young Company Capital Investment Grant Scheme
As part of our continued response to supporting economic recovery following the pandemic, this fund aims to stimulate an increase in regional employment for individuals aiming to move into self-employment whilst helping to support growth and resilience in young companies.   The scheme can provide grant funding of up to 50% of eligible costs for capital equipment for start-up or young companies/social enterprises (less than five years old).  
Dounreay Collaborates With University To Inspire A Culture Of InnovationThumbnail for article : Dounreay Collaborates With University To Inspire A Culture Of Innovation
DSRL, the University of the Highlands and Islands and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) have collaborated to develop an innovation workshop for some of Dounreay's future talent.   Dounreay was a former nuclear research centre for 50 years, and now wishes to trial innovative ideas as it decommissions, by challenging conventional methods and bringing in ideas from other industries.  
Pentland Tenants Vote Yes For Transfer To Cairn
Tenants of Pentland Housing Association have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a transfer to Cairn Housing Association.   The transfer will deliver £6.3 million of investment in tenants' homes and the local community, alongside a locked in five-year affordable rent guarantee and continued local services delivered by a new combined team based in Thurso.  
Orkney Brewery Set To Create Jobs And Cut CarbonThumbnail for article : Orkney Brewery Set To Create Jobs And Cut Carbon
Sinclair Breweries, which operates the Orkney Brewery, is investing £300,000 to expand the kitchen in the brewery's visitor centre, install an on-site kegging plant and set up an improved temperature control system.   A contribution of up to £99,000 has been secured from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  
Nuclear Decommissioning Agency Mission Progress Report 2021Thumbnail for article : Nuclear Decommissioning Agency Mission Progress Report 2021
This is the latest iteration of the Mission Progress Report (MPR) which focuses on the key themes that form the milestones by which we will deliver our mission across our nuclear sites.   In this report, our progress and goals have been aligned with those in our latest Strategy, published in March 2021, allowing for a more consistent approach to presenting our decommissioning mission.  
Programme Offers Support To Tourism On Journey To Low-carbon FutureThumbnail for article : Programme Offers Support To Tourism On Journey To Low-carbon Future
Destination Net Zero will provide support to tourism businesses and destinations as they transition to a greener, more sustainable future.   A key strand in the Scottish Government's COVID-19 Tourism Recovery Programme, the initiative includes the creation of a website offering practical advice for businesses when moving to low-carbon, an awareness-raising programme promoting net zero as good business and funding support, due to be announced later this year, for up to 250 businesses and at least two destinations to invest in carbon reduction activity.  
Rural Firms Encouraged To Take Part In New Business Survey
Businesses in rural areas across Scotland are being encouraged to take part in a new Rural Business Panel survey, which gets underway this week.   More than 2,700 firms are to be contacted for their views on topics such as economic confidence, business performance and optimism, as well as current concerns such as financing, increased costs, supply chain issues and labour challenges.  
Highlands And Islands To Receive £1.47m Of Net-zero Transition FundingThumbnail for article : Highlands And Islands To Receive £1.47m Of Net-zero Transition Funding
The investment will support the delivery of nine different projects from across the region, including new visitor facilities, services and installations at mountain resorts, as well as investment to reduce carbon impacts at key visitor sites and buildings.   The financial support is being distributed by HIE on behalf of the Scottish Government, which has pledged £3.95m to help Scotland's tourism industry be greener and more sustainable.  
Raising The Roof At Dounreay's Newest Radioactive Waste StoreThumbnail for article : Raising The Roof At Dounreay's Newest Radioactive Waste Store
The first roof beams have been lifted into place at Dounreay's newest shielded radioactive waste store.   Seventy six beams, weighing a total of 1,400 tonnes, the equivalent of 116 double decker buses, are needed to complete the mammoth roof structure which will have a total weight of 3,300 tonnes.  
Pentland Tenants Urged To Vote Yes To A Transfer To Cairn Housing Association As Formal Ballot Opens
The ballot for Pentland tenants to decide if they want to transfer to Cairn Housing Association has opened with participants able to easily vote by post, phone, text message or online.   The transfer will only go ahead if a majority of tenants vote YES before the ballot closes on 2nd November.  
30/9/2021
Space Hub Sutherland Will Be A Launch Pad For Jobs And The EconomyThumbnail for article : Space Hub Sutherland Will Be A Launch Pad For Jobs And The Economy
A new report launched (Wednesday 29th September 2021), commissioned by Caithness Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership, demonstrates the economic benefits that Space Hub Sutherland will bring to the North Highland and Moray areas.   Space Hub Sutherland - a new satellite launch site - will bring huge employment and tourism benefits to the Scottish Highlands.  
29/9/2021
Banking Protocol: Preventing Fraud And Protecting Members In Credit Unions
The Banking Protocol is a rapid response scheme that will enable credit union staff to alert police when they suspect a customer is being scammed.   Police will attend the branch within the timeframe of an emergency response, enabling them to provide an effective customer intervention, secure evidence to enable them to investigate the potential scam and sometimes catch fraudsters in the act.  
Online Programme Puts Community Leaders At Heart Of Destination Development
Community representatives from across Scotland are taking part in an online programme to help shape the future of local tourism destination management.   The three-month online Communities Leading in Tourism course, which starts on Tuesday 28 September 2021, is designed to boost tourism sector expertise and destination leadership skills.  
Dounreay Safeguards Future Skills With New Intake Of Decommissioning TraineesThumbnail for article : Dounreay Safeguards Future Skills With New Intake Of Decommissioning Trainees
Six new decommissioning operative trainees have started work at Dounreay, as part of a structured programme to develop skills required to safely decommission the site.   DSRL is collaborating with Nuvia, Morson and GDES who have all recruited trainees.