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Advocacy Help For Benefit Applicants - A Consultation
Creating a fairer system for all.   New independent advocacy workers will be on hand to help disabled people applying for Scotland's new social security benefits.  
Understanding Inflation: Expectations and RealityThumbnail for article : Understanding Inflation: Expectations and Reality
Speech given by Silvana Tenreyro, External Member of the Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England Ronald Tress Memorial Lecture, Birkbeck University of London 10 July 2019 In this speech, Silvana Tenreyro compares actual inflation with perceptions and expectations of inflation among different groups.  Silvana then considers potential reasons for discrepancies between these measures and possible consequences for saving and spending.  
Wick Pulteneytown Conservation Area Appraisal and Management PlanThumbnail for article : Wick Pulteneytown Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan
The public are being invited to come along to find out more about the Wick Pulteneytown Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (CAMP).   A special drop-in event will take place on Tuesday 23 July 2019 in Mackay's Hotel from 2pm to 6pm to give people the opportunity to see maps of the current conservation area and put forward their comments.  
Calling All Artists...Dunnet Bay Distillers To Launch An ‘Inspired By Gin' ExhibitionThumbnail for article : Calling All Artists...Dunnet Bay Distillers To Launch An ‘Inspired By Gin' Exhibition
The UK's most northerly mainland distillery, Dunnet Bay Distillers, is scouring the UK for exceptional artwork to feature in its debut exhibition, ‘Inspired by Gin'.   The distillery will play host to the exhibition from December 2019 - March 2020 at its new Visitor Centre, which is a VisitScotland 5 Star Visitor Attraction and a centre for food and drink, culture and heritage tourism.  
Transformational Not Transactional: The UK's Community Investment Sector’s Can Play a Major Role in Inclusive Growth
By Thomas Gillan, Deputy CEO, Social Investment Scotland.   Over the past ten years we have witnessed some truly game-changing developments in the world of business.  
Driving A Circular Economy
Scotland's Deposit Return scheme will give industry, business and individuals the opportunity to drive sustainable economic growth while reducing their impact on the environment.   The wide-ranging social and economic benefits of the proposed scheme were published today.  
Scottish National Investment BankThumbnail for article : Scottish National Investment Bank
The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee of the Scottish Government has published its report on creating a Scottish National Investment Bank.   What is it? Why do we need one? How will it work? In simplest terms, a national investment bank is an institution created by a government to finance economic development.  
Housing Support Made Easier
People facing homelessness will have better access to support with new legislation coming into effect later this year.   Last year the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group recommended changes to homelessness laws, and analysis of consultation responses published today show support for the measures.  
Richard Werner: Today's Source of Money CreationThumbnail for article : Richard Werner: Today's Source of Money Creation
If you want to understand where money comes from then this might help.   Keep going until the end and you maybe shocked.  
SNP Hammers Highland Council With CutsThumbnail for article : SNP Hammers Highland Council With Cuts
The SNP Government has hammered Highland Council with cuts to its budget, putting lifeline services at risk.   New figures from the independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Spice) show that between 2013-14 and 2018-19, the local authority's budget was cut by £176 per person in real terms.  
GREENCOAT UK WIND plc - SHARES hit record highsThumbnail for article : GREENCOAT  UK WIND plc - SHARES hit record highs
GREENCOAT UK WIND plc SHARES hit record 'highs': as a long-serving director retires at 73 and makes his memoirs available 'on line' for free.   Shares in the little-known company ...  
One third (33 per cent) of vehicles failed new MOT tests brought in last year.   Drivers in Greater London have the safest vehicles - with 67 per cent of vehicles in this region passing the test.  
New grants to support young entrepreneurs
Start-up businesses in the Outer Hebrides could receive a welcome injection of capital from a new joint initiative by Business Gateway Outer Hebrides and Highlands and Islands enterprise.   The Outer Hebrides Young Entrepreneur Start-Up Scheme (OHYESS), will provide grants of up to £2,500 to support entrepreneurs age 18-40 to set up businesses in key sectors across the Outer Hebrides.  
Is Your Farm Or Agricultural Business Ready For A No Deal BrexitThumbnail for article : Is Your Farm Or Agricultural Business Ready For A No Deal Brexit
Even though BREXIT has been delayed it is coming.   The Scottish Parliament Information Centre provides impartial, factual, accurate information and analysis to Members in support of Scottish Parliament parliamentary business.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts LtdThumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 9th) sold 14 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (1) sold to £1,250.95 gross.  
Towns analysis - England and Wales
The Office for National Statisitics has today published its first in a series of articles providing new data and analysis on towns in England and Wales.  The analysis includes 1,186 urban areas covering more than half (56%) of the population in England and Wales.  
Equiniti welcomed to Thurso Business ParkThumbnail for article : Equiniti welcomed to Thurso Business Park
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has welcomed an international technology-led services and payments specialist as the newest tenant to Thurso Business Park.   The agency has developed the park to enable local firms to expand and to attract new companies into the area.  
Royal Bank Of Scotland Helps Drive Entrepreneurship In Scottish Rural Communities
Royal Bank of Scotland has partnered up with key farming and rural youth bodies to offer an extension of its Entrepreneur Accelerator programme to rural communities.   To foster greater entrepreneurship within Scottish agriculture and rural communities, Royal Bank of Scotland is working with the Scottish Association for Young Farmers (SAYFC), the Rural Youth Project (RYP) and the NFU Scotland Next Generation to offer an extension of its Entrepreneur Accelerator programme.  
Royal Bank Of Scotland Report On Jobs
According to the latest Royal Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs, labour market trends in Scotland continued to improve in June, but there were signs that hiring conditions were cooling as permanent placements growth eased and temp billings declined for the first time in 18 months.   Meanwhile, job vacancies in Scotland rose at weaker rates.  
Q4 2018 RBS Postcode Lending
Lending data published today shows that RBS is a major supporter of the UK economy, lending a total of over £169bn in mortgages, personal loans and business loans to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).   The detailed local lending data, which forms part of a joint data reporting exercise with UK Finance and other major UK banks, gives a snapshot of lending balances in 120 postcode areas across Great Britain and around 10,000 postcode sectors at the end of December 2018.