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13/1/2021
State Of The Epidemic In Scotland - 13th January 2021Thumbnail for article : State Of The Epidemic In Scotland - 13th January 2021
Over the last two weeks there has been a step change in the course of the epidemic with a sharp rise in case numbers and hospital and ICU admissions.  A new variant of SARS- CoV-2 called B.1.1.7 or VOC-202012/01 which can be transmitted more easily than other variants is now circulating widely in Scotland.  
13/1/2021
Strategic Framework Business Fund in ScotlandThumbnail for article : Strategic Framework Business Fund in Scotland
The latest updates for business Covid related grants are available at Strategic Framework Business Fund The grants are dealt with by local authorities and links to all of them are on the above web site.   For Highland Go HERE.  
12/1/2021
COVID-19 immunity: how long does it last?Thumbnail for article : COVID-19 immunity: how long does it last?
Millions of people across the world have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  Countries are also now embarking on massive vaccination campaigns to control the virus and protect their most vulnerable citizens.  
12/1/2021
UK launches Global Health Insurance CardThumbnail for article : UK launches Global Health Insurance Card
New agreement ensures the rights of UK residents to access emergency and medically necessary care when travelling in the EU will continue.   UK's new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched as part of UK / EU deal Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will gradually replace existing European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) UK residents will now be able to apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), the government announced on 11th January 2021.  
12/1/2021
Scottish Child Payment - Check If You Can Claim
Scottish Child Payment helps towards the costs of supporting your family.  It's a weekly payment of £10 that you can get for every child you look after who's under 6 years of age.  
12/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland - 12th January 2021
1,875 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   17,517 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 12.0% of these were positive.  
12/1/2021
A Vaccine Delivery Plan For EveryoneThumbnail for article : A Vaccine Delivery Plan For Everyone
Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi spoke to the House of Commons about the UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan - 11 January 2021.   Madam Deputy Speaker, with permission, I would like to make a statement on the UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan.  
12/1/2021
United Arab Emirates Designated For Public Health Quarantine
Travellers returning to self-isolate on arrival in Scotland.   Following the move to require travellers Dubai from to quarantine on arrival, Ministers have agreed on the basis of advice today from the Joint Biosecurity Centre to remove the United Arab Emirates in its entirety from the international travel exemptions list.  
12/1/2021
2021 Tourism Forecast From Visit Britain And The Rest Of The World From The IMFThumbnail for article : 2021 Tourism Forecast From Visit Britain And The Rest Of The World From The IMF
This forecast is from Visit Britain.   The annual VisitBritain forecast for the volume and value of inbound tourism to the UK is issued in December each year.  
12/1/2021
Economic Update By The Chancellor Of The ExchequerThumbnail for article : Economic Update By The Chancellor Of The Exchequer
The Chancellor of the Exchequer provided an update (11January 2021) on the economy and comprehensive economic plan.   Mr Speaker, Before I begin, I'm sure the whole House will join me in wanting to send our very best wishes to my Right Honourable Friend the member for Old Bexley and Sidcup.  
12/1/2021
Business Debt: Hidden Advantage For Giant Firms Means Economy Has Been K-shaped For DecadesThumbnail for article : Business Debt: Hidden Advantage For Giant Firms Means Economy Has Been K-shaped For Decades
When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, it seemed like the day of reckoning for over-stretched corporate borrowers was finally at hand.  For years, pundits and policymakers had been warning about a dangerous build-up of the debt of "non-financial firms", meaning all those that aren't in finance, insurance or property.  
12/1/2021
Business Secretary calls with business leadersThumbnail for article : Business Secretary calls with business leaders
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng hosted a series of calls with business leaders on his first day in office yesterday 11h January 2021.   Following his appointment as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 8 January, Kwasi Kwarteng this afternoon hosted a virtual meeting with some of the UK's leading business representative organisations: the British Chambers of Commerce, Confederation of British Industry, Federation of Small Businesses, The Institute of Directors and Make UK.  
12/1/2021
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 12 January 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (January, 12th) sold 12 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (3) averaged 212.4p (+1.4p) and sold to 215.0p per kg and £1,420.40 gross.  
12/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Update: First Minister's Statement - 12 January 2021Thumbnail for article : Coronavirus Covid-19 Update: First Minister's Statement - 12 January 2021
Statement given by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a media briefing in St Andrew's House, Edinburgh on Tuesday 12 January 2021.   Good afternoon.  
11/1/2021
Delaying The Second Covid Vaccine Dose - A Medical Expert Answers Key QuestionsThumbnail for article : Delaying The Second Covid Vaccine Dose - A Medical Expert Answers Key Questions
Paul Hunter, Professor of Medicine, University of East Anglia reviews current thinking about delaying the second dose of vaccine for Covid-19.   The UK is facing an alarming escalation of the pandemic.  
11/1/2021
At Least 250,000 UK Small Businesses Set To Fold Without Further Help, New Study Warns
FSB publishes the findings from its latest Small Business Index study.   Quarterly Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Index (SBI) shows confidence at second lowest ebb in report's ten-year history.  
11/1/2021
How Will Vaccines Affect The Length Of Lockdown?Thumbnail for article : How Will Vaccines Affect The Length Of Lockdown?
England has gone into a tough lockdown to halt spiralling COVID-19 hospitalisations and relieve pressure on its health system.  The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has said the new lockdown will last at least seven weeks, but it's safe to assume that, with many hospitals near capacity, it will stay in place as long as is needed to suppress the threat of the NHS being overwhelmed.  
11/1/2021
Takeovers: A Tidal Wave Of Buyouts Is Coming In 2021 - Here's What It MeansThumbnail for article : Takeovers: A Tidal Wave Of Buyouts Is Coming In 2021 - Here's What It Means
Karl Schmedders, Professor of Finance, International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and Patrick Reinmoeller Professor of Strategy and Innovation, International Institute for Management Development (IMD) look at the buy out situation for 2021.   Luxury goods giant LVMH has completed its US$15.8 billion (£11.6 billion) mega-deal to buy famous American jeweller Tiffany & Co.  
11/1/2021
Scottish Business Optimism Plunged Pre-lockdown
Scottish business confidence crashed in the final days of 2020, according to research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).   The small business campaign group says that their findings underline the need for governments in Edinburgh and London to provide sufficient second-wave coronavirus support to independent and local firms, as well as people who work for themselves.  
11/1/2021
Update From Skills Development Scotland For School Students
Wick High have posted this update from Skills Development Scotland.   It may apply to other school students in other areas.