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Illicit cigarettes uncovered by Highland Trading Standards with help from two four-legged friends
Thousands of illicit cigarettes have been uncovered by Highland Council's Trading Standards Officers with a little help from two specially-trained, four-legged detectives.   Spaniels Dixie and Daisy from Consumer Protection Dogs were enlisted by the region's Trading Standards team to detect the smell of tobacco.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 5 November 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 5th) sold 410 adult head of breeding cattle.   Heifer with heifer calf (4) sold to £1,600 gross, (twice), for a Saler cross with an August born calf from Strathglass Farm, Cannich and for a Saler cross with a February born calf from 68 Foindle, Lairg.  
Developer Contributions Supplementary Guidance Adopted in Highland
The Highland Council has announced the publication of updated guidance on financial contributions required from new developments towards new infrastructure and services.   The Developer Contributions Supplementary Guidance now forms part of the Council's Development Plan which is used to determine planning applications in Highland.  
Funding welcomed for Low Carbon Travel and Transport projects in InvernessThumbnail for article : Funding welcomed for Low Carbon Travel and Transport projects in Inverness
The Highland Council and partners HITRANS and NHS Highland have welcomed £1.6m awarded this week (Wednesday, 31 October 2018) from Transport Scotland's Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund.   The funding has been warmly received by partner agencies for their Low Carbon and Active Travel Hub project in Inverness which is being match funded by Highland Council £265,000; NHS Highland £40,000 and HITRANS £15,000.  
Fair Funding For Essential Services 2019/20 - COSLA
Ahead of the budget negotiation period, COSLA today (5th November 2018) launched a briefing document entitled Fair Funding for Essential Services 2019/20 which outlines in detail the central role that Local Government plays in both the local and Scottish economy. Commenting on the launch, COSLA's Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail MacGregor said: "Local Government plays a crucial role in the Scottish economy as an employer, a procurer, an investor and as a strategic leader.  
The Week In Numbers At Construction News
Lots of interesting business news in the weekly round up at Construction News.   See it at  
Widening Access To Medicine
Pre-medical entry programme sees 95% of students go on to study medicine.   A course which helps support students to get the qualifications needed to go on to study medicine has achieved a 95% success rate in its first year.  
Nine candidates to contest Highland Council by-election
Nine candidates are standing for election to fill a vacancy for the Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh Ward of The Highland Council.   The by-election is being held following the resignation of Kate Stephen who was one of four Councillors representing Ward 5.  
Branding The Highlands And Islands A Business Success
Highlands and Islands businesses will have the opportunity to develop their brand to help them stand out against the competition at a series of brand development workshops.   Organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), as part of its Entrepreneurial Academy, the brand development workshops will be delivered by experts in the field and will be free to attend.  
Blue Carbon Forum Launched
Exploring the marine environment's capacity to solve carbon problem.   A new research programme will measure the ability of Scotland’s marine environment to store carbon dioxide and mitigate against the effects of climate change.  
Dounreay Socio Economic Plan 2018/19 - 2021/22
The Dounreay Socio Economic Plan sets out the main activities to be undertaken by the Dounreay Socio Economic Alliance (DSEA) which consists of Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Cavendish Dounreay Partnership (CDP) and Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL.   DSEA's activities are based on support to mitigate the economic impacts of the decommissioning of the Dounreay site.  
Financial Health Checks Begin
More people to have access to personalised financial advice.   At least 15,000 households each year are expected to benefit from the new Financial Health Check service, which is available from today - backed by £3.3 million in funding over the next two years.  
Non-domestic Rates Relief Statistics For Small Businesses In Scotland 2018
The number of recipients of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) relief has increased by 15% in the latest year, from 104,000 in 2017/18 to 119,000 in 2018/19.   Scotland's Chief Statistician today published Non-domestic Rates Relief Statistics for Small Businesses in Scotland 2018.  
Scotland's GDP growth confirmed at 0.5% in 2018 Quarter 2
The Scottish economy grew by 0.5% during the second quarter of 2018, according to updated statistics announced today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.  The headline growth rate is unrevised from the first estimate published on 19 September.  
Offering flexibility to Universal Credit recipients
Nearly one in two people in receipt of Universal Credit in Scotland has chosen for their payments to be paid in a different way when offered the choice by the Scottish Government.   While Universal Credit is reserved to the UK Government, Scottish Ministers have used their limited powers in this area to enable people to receive payments more frequently and/or for the housing cost in their payment to be made directly to their landlords, which should help reduce rent arrears and evictions.  
More support for aspiring headteachers
A range of measures to encourage more teachers to take up leadership roles in education has been agreed by Scottish Government.   The headteacher recruitment working group - comprising government, professional groups and unions - has recommended actions to support existing headteachers, and help other teachers move towards leadership roles and promote routes to headship.  
High-fi For Wick And Thurso - Free Wifi Is Rolled Out To Caithness TownsThumbnail for article : High-fi For Wick And Thurso - Free Wifi Is Rolled Out To Caithness Towns
WICK and Thurso now have access to free WiFi in and around the centre of their towns thanks to a project led by the Highland Council and funded by the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.   The free WiFi, called "High-Fi", is aimed at stimulating economic growth and will increase digital inclusion across the Highlands.  
Investment In New NHS Digital System
A significant investment will see a new single digital platform installed across all NHS boards, improving efficiency and making it easier for staff to work together.   The potential £80 million investment over five years will mean that all 161,000 NHS employees will have access to upgraded Microsoft Office desktop products, helping to further increase robustness against cyber threats, and improving the security of patient data.  
Helping Businesses Prepare For Brexit
A new online tool to help Scottish businesses identify how they could be affected by Brexit and what they can do to prepare has been launched by Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell.   Grants of up to £4,000 are already available for exporters and potential exporters to help them mitigate risks and capitalise on export opportunities despite the challenge Brexit will bring.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 1 November 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 1st) sold 3,672 store sheep.   Lambs (2019) averaged £47.43 and sold to £80 gross for a pen of Texel crosses from Kilmaluag House, Duntulm.