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Best Rural Retailer 2006
The search is on to find Scotland's best rural retailer, 2006.   The Scottish Countryside Alliance is calling on members of the public from all corners of Scotland to nominate their favourite rural shop or business.  
New SNH Funding For Peatland RestorationThumbnail for article : New SNH Funding For Peatland Restoration
A new 135,000 funding package to restore an area of blanket bog in the Highlands which had been planted with conifers has been announced by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).   The money in the form of a grant to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) will be used to restore the forest block to blanket bog in an area of Caithness west of Altnabreac, 23 miles west of Wick.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 12
PRINCESS ANNE TO OPEN TEST CENTRE.  Princess Anne is to officially open Britain's first purpose-built nuclear clean-up test, trials, training, research and development centre as part of a visit to Caithness on Tuesday, October 10.  
Mey Selections Commended At Food And Drink Forum AwardsThumbnail for article : Mey Selections Commended At Food And Drink Forum Awards
Mey Selections - the premium product brand launched just over a year ago - was commended in the New Business Award category at the second Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Forum Awards, 2006, held at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness.   The Award, sponsored by Aquascot Ltd, was presented for the contribution that Mey Selections has made to the North Highlands food and drink economy.  
CASE Approvals List - August 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
CASE Approvals List - September 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
New Ironing Service For Caithness
If you are looking for an ironing service then the new on started by Caroline and Alsion Gulloch might be worth a try.   The new service called Q-Wick Ironing is open 8.00am - 8.00pm severn days a week and they wil call to collect the clothes etc and deliver tham back fully ironed..  
The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 - Comes Into Force On 1 October 2006
On October 1 2006, new laws will come into force to protect workers from age discrimination.  The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations will make it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees, trainees or job seekers because of their age and ensure that all workers, regardless of age, have the same rights in terms of training and promotion.  
Retired Dounreay Workers Check Out The ChangesThumbnail for article : Retired Dounreay Workers Check Out The Changes
UKAEA recently invited a group of Dounreay's retired workers back to site to see the decommissioning work taking place at Dounreay.   During their return to site Gordon Bailey, Frank Sinclair, Sinclair Calder, Ernie Lillyman, Jonathon Kirk and Rolland Shallcross were informed about the shaft isolation project and saw for themselves the changes that have taken place at the shaft including the raised working platform which was recently constructed.  
Unemployment Digest For August 2006Thumbnail for article : Unemployment Digest For August 2006
SUMMARY The August 2006 unemployment figures were released on 13th September 2006.  During the month, July 2006 to August 2006, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Great Britain fell by 0.3%, from 932,191 to 929,498 (2,693 claimants).  
Check Out Envirowise and Save Your Business Money - It's FREEThumbnail for article : Check Out Envirowise and Save Your Business Money - It's FREE
Envirowise was launched in 1994.  The programme was designed specifically to encourage the sharing of best practice across UK industry, helping businesses boost competitiveness through improved environmental performance and more efficient use of resources.  
LearningWorks Gives Advice On Migrant Workers
The issues surrounding the employment of migrant workers are the subject of this month's Hot Topic on LearningWorks, the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) website dedicated to online training and learning.   LearningWorks explores the key issues employers should be aware of when employing migrant workers, with links to new information about work permits and the workers registration team.  
Indiepreneur - Opportunity For Creative Contract
Those looking to start their own business in the creative industries are being given a unique opportunity to take advantage of contracts available from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The Indiepreneur programme has two contracts available for new, recent or upcoming businesses involved in the creative industries across the Highlands and Islands.  
Historic Decision Brings Container Shipping Into 21st Century
FTA has greeted the decision by European Competitiveness Ministers to repeal the Block Exemption from restrictive trading practices for container shipping lines as the dawn of a new era in maritime transport.   The decision means that shipping lines will need to end their long-standing practices of price-fixing and capacity management and submit to the normal disciplines of EU competition rules.  
UK Businesses Refuse to Offer Language Learning despite EU Enlargement
Survey Reveals Large Gap that Threatens Economic Growth Most employees have not been offered language learning opportunity Scottish businesses worst offenders at offering language learning.   More London businesses offer language learning than any other region.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 11
REACTOR CONTROL ROOM IS CONSIGNED TO HISTORY.  What was once the hub of the next generation of nuclear power plant, a hive of activity buzzing with the thrill of ground-breaking technology, is now in stark contrast an empty shell.  
Chief Executive Scottish Chambers Of Commerce Speech In Caithness
Speech by Liz Cameron Chief Executive Scottish Chambers of Commerce Caithness Chamber AGM, Park Hotel, Thurso 19 September 2006 Ladies & Gentlemen, good afternoon.   First may I say how delighted I am to be here in Scotland's true North East? It is always uplifting to the spirit to leave the City behind and breathe the clear air, admire the stunning scenery and enjoy the warm welcome of the North of Scotland.  
Wick Computer Services Business Raises Standards In IT
In a bid to raise the standard of computer services within Scotland, Blue Ivy Ltd has made available a guide to alert small businesses to the practices of less scrupulous computer service companies.   Blue Ivy Ltd, the Wick based Small Business IT Specialist, has made this guide available after the increasing number of home and business customers requiring additional work on their computer systems after they had been 'fixed' by friends, neighbours or other computer service companies.  
The Freight Transport Association has published its new Guide to Managing Drivers.   The 94-page book constitutes comprehensive need-to-know information for transport managers and those with responsibility for the operation of commercial vehicles and the deployment of drivers.  
Wick Joinery Firm's Apprentice Awarded Best In ScotlandThumbnail for article : Wick Joinery Firm's Apprentice Awarded Best In Scotland
Jimmy Manson (18) of Lower Gills, Canisbay, a 2nd year apprentice joiner with D B Smith Joinery, Wick was awarded first prize in this years Scottish Timber Trades Teachers Competition.   A module made by Jimmy while attending North Highland College was chosen to be their entrant.