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15/5/2024
Sustainable Tourism Strategy Launched For Public Consultation - May 2024
Following the recent Economy and Infrastructure Committee (Thursday 2 May 2024), where Members approved the Council's Draft Sustainable Tourism Strategy and agreed a public and stakeholder engagement programme, the public consultation has now been launched on 14 May 2024.   Economy and Infrastructure Committee Chair, Cllr Ken Gowans said: "The tourism sector has seen incredible growth over recent times.  
15/5/2024
Government Unveils Major Package Of Farming And Food Sector SupportThumbnail for article : Government Unveils Major Package Of Farming And Food Sector Support
The Prime Minister has unveiled a major package of measures to support farmers and grow the UK's farming and food sector.   A major package of measures to support farmers and grow the UK's farming and food sector has been announced by the government on Tuesday 14 May 2024.  
15/5/2024
Scottish Secretary Responds To Labour Market Stats For May 2024Thumbnail for article : Scottish Secretary Responds To Labour Market Stats For May 2024
Alister Jack says getting more people into employment is a priority with more than £3bn now invested directly into Scotland to boost growth and prosperity.   Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said, "We've made good progress as wages are rising faster than inflation and payroll numbers in Scotland have increased since the start of 2024.  
15/5/2024
Justice for Post Office Horizon victims
Bill to exonerate wrongly convicted sub-postmasters.   Sub-postmasters wrongly convicted as a result of the faulty Horizon IT system will automatically be exonerated under proposed legislation introduced to the Scottish Parliament today.  
15/5/2024
Community Energy Generation Growth Fund - £1.5 Million To Support Community Projects
A fund to help community groups across Scotland set up renewable energy generation projects has opened for applications.   The £1.5 million Community Energy Generation Growth Fund will support local communities installing wind turbines and solar panels or developing other types of renewable energy generation, such as hydro, to meet local needs.  
14/5/2024
Are Your Drivers Up To Date With Their Driver CPC?Thumbnail for article : Are Your Drivers Up To Date With Their Driver CPC?
The deadline for many professional drivers to complete their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training is 9 September 2024.   To make sure your drivers can find training in time, we are asking operators to encourage drivers whose Driver CPC runs out this September to check that they have completed 35 hours well before the 9 September deadline.  
14/5/2024
DWP Updates Fraud PlanThumbnail for article : DWP Updates Fraud Plan
Department for Work and Pensions announces it has saved £1.3 billion from fraud and error.   Comes as government updates plan to further crack down on benefit cheats, including creating new legal powers and hiring more staff.  
14/5/2024
Closure Of Visitscotland Icentres
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has called on VisitScotland to reconsider its decision to close their information centres throughout Scotland.  The MSP has already contacted the Minister with responsibility for the issue, but she has now also contacted VisitScotland directly in light of information on visitor numbers using the Kirkwall centre being uncovered via a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.  
14/5/2024
World-leading 3d Printer Used By British Army In The Field For First TimeThumbnail for article : World-leading 3d Printer Used By British Army In The Field For First Time
A cutting-edge 3D printer is being used by the British Army for the first time in the field on the largest NATO deployment in Europe in a generation.   9 Theatre Support Battalion, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, are using the technology to make spare parts for vehicles as well as print vital modifications to battle-winning equipment on NATO exercise Steadfast Defender - the largest NATO deployment in Europe in a generation.  
14/5/2024
£9 Million Funding For Satellite Instruments To Monitor ClimateThumbnail for article : £9 Million Funding For Satellite Instruments To Monitor Climate
The UK Space Agency has announced its largest investment into an early-stage technology programme to enhance the UK's Earth observation technologies, to improve how space is used to understand and protect the planet.   Delivered by the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation (CEOI), the £9 million will support 12 projects that will enhance the ability to monitor Earth's atmosphere and measure critical emissions such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrogen dioxide.  
14/5/2024
UK Fishing Industry To Benefit From Cutting-edge Technology To Help Manage Fish StocksThumbnail for article : UK Fishing Industry To Benefit From Cutting-edge Technology To Help Manage Fish Stocks
Use of cameras, gear sensors and GPS units will help improve the sustainability of UK fish stocks.   The sustainability of UK fish stocks will be better safeguarded through the use of technology to monitor and manage fishing activity in English waters, the government has announced on 13 May 2024.  
14/5/2024
UK Government Working Hand In Hand With Australia To Promote Trade In Legal And Tech ServicesThumbnail for article : UK Government Working Hand In Hand With Australia To Promote Trade In Legal And Tech Services
Legal and technology professionals on opposite sides of the world are set to benefit from bolstered connections between the UK and Australia through the UK Government's GREAT Legal Services campaign's latest programme of events.   Minister Freer visits Australia as part of GREAT Legal Services campaign to promote the UK legal and tech sectors.  
14/5/2024
PM Sets Out Blueprint To Boost British Fruit And Vegetable Sector
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sets out his blueprint to boost British fruit and vegetable sector as the first UK Food Security Index is published.   The Prime Minister will tell the second Farm to Fork Summit at Downing Street tomorrow that the UK needs to reduce its reliance on overseas fruit and vegetables and back British producers.  
14/5/2024
Earnings And Employment From Pay As You Earn Real Time Information, UK - May 2024Thumbnail for article : Earnings And Employment From Pay As You Earn Real Time Information, UK - May 2024
Early estimates for April 2024 indicate that the number of payrolled employees rose by 0.4% compared with April 2023, a rise of 129,000 employees.   This annual increase was largest in the health and social work sector, with a rise of 170,000 employees.  
13/5/2024
Haventus Secures £100 Million Credit Facility From Scottish National Investment Bank And Uk Infrastructure BankThumbnail for article : Haventus Secures £100 Million Credit Facility From Scottish National Investment Bank And Uk Infrastructure Bank
Construction work underway to develop Ardersier Port energy transition facility, boosting offshore wind capability.   Haventus, the energy transition facilities provider, and owner of Ardersier Port, east of Inverness, has secured a £100 million joint credit facility from the Scottish National Investment Bank (the Bank) and UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) with £50 million investment from each.  
13/5/2024
Scottish Investment Bank And UK Investment Bank Join Up To Attract Private CapitalThumbnail for article : Scottish Investment Bank And UK Investment Bank Join Up To Attract Private Capital
he Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB) and the UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that cements their close working relationship and shared ambition to attract additional private investment into Scotland.   Both banks are government owned yet operate independently to invest public capital on a commercial basis to deliver wider social, environmental, and economic impacts.  
13/5/2024
Affordable Homes-for-rent Strategy Supported With £20 Million To Thriving InvestmentsThumbnail for article : Affordable Homes-for-rent Strategy Supported With £20 Million To Thriving Investments
The Scottish National Investment Bank (the "Bank") has committed a further £20 million to the Mid-Market Rent ("MMR") strategy ("New Avenue Living" or the “Fund”) managed by Thriving Investments, the social value and ESG-focused real estate fund manager.  The Bank's follow-on investment will support the development of up to 100 new homes and takes its total investment in the Fund to £60 million.  
13/5/2024
Limited Liability Companies Cause Moral Hazard - Richard MurphyThumbnail for article : Limited Liability Companies Cause Moral Hazard - Richard Murphy
The UK's system of creating limited companies very cheaply and almost wholly unaccountably creates risks for us all from fraudsters, cheats and crooks, all of whom can use these companies to prejudice our well-being.  So why do we let it happen? ABOUT RICHARD MURPHY Richard Murphy is Professor of Accounting Practice at Sheffield University Management School.  
13/5/2024
Orbex Secures £16.7m Investment For Rocket ‘ramp Up' PeriodThumbnail for article : Orbex Secures £16.7m Investment For Rocket ‘ramp Up' Period
The UK spaceflight company Orbex has received £16.7m from six backers in an update to its Series C funding round.   With pre-launch testing underway, the funding will help Orbex ramp up the development of Prime, its 19-metre long, two-stage rocket designed to transport small satellites into Low Earth Orbit.  
13/5/2024
Un-jammable Quantum Tech Takes Flight To Boost Uks Resilience Against Hostile ActorsThumbnail for article : Un-jammable Quantum Tech Takes Flight To Boost Uks Resilience Against Hostile Actors
A first-of-its-kind achievement as quantum navigation tech developed in the UK has been successfully tested in flight.   In a commercial world-first, quantum navigation tech developed in the UK was successfully tested in flight while GPS jamming is relatively rare and does not directly impact an aircraft's flight path, quantum systems will provide another layer of security the government has supported the company running the tests, Infleqtion, and their partners from across the country with nearly £8 million as part of its vision to make the UK a leading quantum-enabled economy In a first-of-its-kind achievement, the UK has successfully completed commercial flight trials of advanced quantum-based navigation systems that cannot be jammed or spoofed by hostile actors.