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NB: Deadline to apply 31st March.  Training must be completed by 30th June 2011 Skills Development Scotland: Flexible Training Opportunities gives businesses with under 150 employees the opportunity to apply for up to 5,000 towards employee training costs.  
Opportunity for Therapists At The Tongue Hotel, SutherlandThumbnail for article : Opportunity for Therapists At The Tongue Hotel, Sutherland
This message is for all professionally qualified therapists, complimentary therapists, hairdressers, nail technicians, beauticians or any other folk who help the rest of the human race relax, de-stress and look beautiful too! We are just beginning to add the finishing touches to our new treatment room at The Tongue Hotel and are seeking a range of therapists who might be interested in undertaking a regular session to provide their services to our local community and guests.   We will provide a newly renovated space (can be set for use with hairdressers back wash and cutting chair or arranged with a full size massage table.  
BT Continue To Boost Local Charity - Everybody Online CaithnessThumbnail for article : BT Continue To Boost Local Charity  - Everybody Online Caithness
Everybody Online Caithness has been given another great boost by local BT staff.   Project Officer, Shona Macdonald, has been working with the local BT management team to resolve one of the main challenges which faces the project, which is gaining volunteers.  
New Children's Home Earmarked For Wick
The Highland Council's Housing and Social Work Committee has agreed in principle to build a new five-bed children's residential home in Wick at an estimated cost of 1.2 million.   Investigations are under way to identify a suitable site for the home, close to school and amenites, and secure the necessary permissions, subject to further decisions by the Council over funding.  
Lessons Learned From CHaP Project
The Highland Council has learned lessons from the Caithness Heat and Power Project in Wick, and introduced measures to ensure the corporate failings are not repeated in any future project.   A total of 39 actions have been put in place in a response to an internal audit of the Wick-based enterprise and these actions have been acknowledged by external audit and the Accounts Commission.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 8 March 2011
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 8th) sold 60 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (23) averaged 170.2p (+3.0p) and sold to 184p per kg and 1,145.70 gross.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 9th March 2011
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (March, 9th) sold 1,830 sheep of all classes.  Lambs (701) averaged 58.96 and sold to 89 gross for Texel crosses from Viewhill Croft, Dingwall.  
Big Changes For Culture and Leisure To Save A Million
Highland Council to create arms length organisation for Community Learning and Leisure Members of The Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport (ECS) Committee have agreed to a major transfer of the management and delivery of Community Learning and Leisure Services to an arms length organisation (ALO).   The transfer which will take place in the financial year 2011/12 will save the Council 1 million per year through an ALO.  
Council Votes No Change For Voluntary Sector
Business as usual for voluntary sector with The Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Service Service delivery contracts between the voluntary sector and the Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Service will remain under the management of the Council when its Community Learning and Leisure (CLL) Service transfer to an arms length organisation (ALO).   Members of the Council's ECS Committee have agreed to transfer its CLL Services to an ALO in the financial year 2011/12.  
Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Week Comm 28 Feb
Programme activities: Energy: I continue to discuss ways in which the area's assets can be maximised in relation to the marine energy sector.  This week discussions have taken place with Highland Council and HIE staff regarding how we might approach Government to make the case for some form of enterprise zone status for the area, and also to take forward proposals to combine existing financial resources within CNSRP partners to provide an even more attractive package for potential investors.  
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Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is investing 1.8 million to support the revitalisation of one of Scotland's most famous visitor locations, John O'Groats.   Having spearheaded the creation of an ambitious masterplan for the area, HIE is supporting two leading UK tourism partners, Heritage GB and Natural Retreats, to deliver a six million pound project.  
Global Business Expands Caithness Operation
CSC, a global business providing technology-enabled solutions and services, is working with HIE to expand its Caithness workforce over the next two years.   CSC's Caithness operation previously worked exclusively within the fence at Dounreay.  
Partnership Approach To Exporting
Scottish business organisations launch partnership approach to exporting.   A group of leading Scottish business organisations have joined forces to help Scottish companies trade internationally.  
Gibson Welcomes Battery Acquisition
Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has warmly welcomed news that an energy giant has acquired Thurso based ABSL Solutions.   Commenting on the news that Thurso based battery ABSL Solutions has been bought by the worlds largest industrial battery manufacturer EnerSys, Mr Gibson said...  
Community Benefit Policy Agreed
The Highland Council has agreed changes to the way communities will benefit from renewable energy developments.   For onshore developments, the Council is adopting a three-tier approach to community benefit.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 2 March 2011
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 2nd) sold 506 store cattle, 2 adult head of breeding cattle and 44 OTM cattle.  Bullocks (300) averaged 181.3p and sold to 227.3p per kg for a pen of 220kg Limousin crosses from Tillieglens, Forres, and 1,060 gross for a pen of 672kg Limousin crosses from Balliefurth, Grantown on Spey.  
New Community Council scheme
A new scheme governing the running of Community Councils in the Highlands takes effect from 1 April 2011.   It brings together eight separate schemes into one Highland-wide scheme.  
Special Council Meeting Called To Consider CHaP Findings
A special meeting of The Highland Council is being held on Thursday 10 March 2011 at the Council Chamber, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX to consider the findings of the Accounts Commission in respect of the Caithness Heat and Power project in Wick.   The meeting is public and will start at 2 pm or following a meeting of the Education Culture and Sport Committee, whichever is the later.  
Wick By-Election Date Confirmed
A by-election will be held in The Highland Council's Ward 3 - Wick - on Thursday 7 April to choose a successor to Councillor Katrina MacNab (Independent), who resigns from the Council with effect from Friday (4 March).   Nomination papers will be available from 10 am on Monday 7 March.  
Extension of Council Meetings Webcasting
The Highland Council's pilot webcasting scheme is to be extended so that council and strategic committee meetings held at Council headquarters in Inverness can be viewed by the public from their computers.   At present, the Council webcasts meetings held in the Council Chamber of the Planning Environmental and Development Committee as well as the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Planning Applications Committee and the Highland Licensing Committee.