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Food for Thought at Council Conference
The Highland Council is hosting a conference next month which aims to support and promote the wider use of local food, products and services.   Organised by The Highland Council's Planning and Development Service, the one-day event, entitled Local Food in the Highlands, will take place at the Council Chamber, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, on Friday 7 November 2008 The conference is targeted at all those involved in making local food available in The Highland Council area - producers, processors, distributors and buyers - and aims to: bring together those involved in production of local food and its distribution with those involved in public procurement.  
Big Hearted Highland Businesses Are Warned About School Scams
The Highland Council is warning Highland businesses not to be duped after complaints that several companies have received bogus high pressure sales telephone calls requesting them to sponsor leaflets, booklets and other materials for their local schools.  They are also advising people that new national regulations have been introduced to protect businesses from misleading advertising by other businesses.  
Calling All Orcadians and Ex Orcadians To Fill In A Survey
Major Island Population change survey goes live...   People of all ages in Orkney are being encouraged to go online - to take part in a major survey of population changes in the islands.  
Top Public Conveniences in the Highlands
The Highland Council was singled out for national praise because of the high quality of its 135 public toilets.  At a time when other Councils are closing facilities across the UK, The Highland Council said that it recognises the importance of providing well-maintained and welcoming toilets, especially when it comes to encouraging tourism and are setting aside 300,000 a year for refurbishment and replacement of facilities.  
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Fort William Sale 25 Oct 08
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 25th) sold 767 weaned calves and store cattle, 59 adult head of breeding cattle and 43 OTM cattle.  Bullocks (402) averaged 150.2p and sold to 231.4p per kg and 840 gross for a 363kg Charolais cross from Aberchalder, Invergarry.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 24 October 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October 24th) sold 219 rams at its second continental ram sale of the year.  Texels (84) sold to 550 for a shearling from Vetigar, Tankerness.  
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Portree Sale 13 Oct 2008
PORTREE, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 13th) sold 302 weaned calves and 34 adult head of breeding cattle.  Bullocks (155) averaged 156p and sold to 203.3p per kg for a 150kg Limousin from No.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 23 October 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 23rd) sold 5,207 breeding ewes and lambs.  Gimmers (173) sold to 80 gross for Cheviots from Ribigill.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 22 October 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 22nd) sold 542 weaned calves and store cattle and 79 OTM cattle.  Bullocks (285) averaged 157.8p and sold to 207.4p per kg and 835 gross twice.  
Stimulating The Housing Market
The Highland Council is holding a Credit Crunch seminar next week to see what can be done to stimulate the housing market locally and ensure that the Council meets targets for the provision of new private and affordable housing.   The seminar will take place at the Lochardil Hotel, Inverness, on Wednesday 29 October and the Council has invited leading developers, financial institutions, Scottish Government officials and other housing stake holders to join them to discuss the current issues and identify how these can be tackled to create long term sustainability in the market.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 21 October 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 21st) sold 56 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (15) averaged 158.1p (-2.4p) and sold to 166p per kg and 1,075.80 gross.  
HIE currently has two contracts available for new, recent or forthcoming business starts in the Creative Industries.   The contracts are seeking people to work on the delivery of a range of Creative Industries events, one with an emphasis on music and the other with an emphasis on screen and broadcasting.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Lochmaddy Sale - 20 October 2008
LOCHMADDY, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 20th) sold 355 store cattle and 9 breeding cattle.  The judge Mr James Cowie, Glasshaugh, chose a 425kg Limousin bullock as his champion and a 510kg Limousin bullock as the reserve champion both from No.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Portre Sale - 20 Oct 2008
PORTREE, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (October 20th) sold 279 rams at its annual show and sale of rams.  The overall show champion and winner of the J.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 17 October 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 17th) sold 3,936 store lambs.  Lambs (3,826) averaged 29.45 and sold to 51 gross for Suffolk crosses from No.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sheep Sale Fort William 16 October 2008
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 16th) sold 1,673 sheep of all classes.   Lambs (797) averaged 20.34 per head and sold to 34.50 gross for Crosses from Ockle, Acharacle.  
Oban Man Is Recognised As A Top UK Entrepreneur
THE founder of an Oban-based marine biotechnology company - whose groundbreaking work could lead to a cure for MRSA - has been officially recognised as one of the top entrepreneurs in Britain.   Dr Andrew Mearns Spragg, chief executive officer of Aquapharm Biodiscovery Limited, was one of the five regional finalist candidates, in the science and technology sector, to win a place in the national finals of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.  
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Sale Stornoway 14 October 2008
STORNOWAY, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 14th) sold 100 weaned calves and 15 adult head of breeding cattle.  Bullocks (48) averaged 142.8p and sold to 160p per kg for a 275kg Limousin from Atlantic View, Bunavoneader, and 740 gross for a 523kg Limousin from No.  
Businesses Urged Not To Miss Out On Environmental Savings
When it comes to putting environmental plans into action, companies in the Highlands and Islands could be losing out on savings of up to 1000 per employee.   Challenges currently facing businesses including rising raw material and energy costs, customer expectations and environmental legislation will be discussed at the free Envirowise events held in Wick, Inverness, Fort William and Elgin from 28-31 October.  
Unst Hydrogen Venture Goes From Strength To Strength
The Pure Energy Centre (PEC) in Unst, Shetland is growing globally, helping to put the Shetland Islands on the map for innovative renewable energy and hydrogen developments.   The PEC grew from the Pure Energy Project set up by the Unst Partnership and has seen the development of the first community-owned off-grid renewable hydrogen system in the world.