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Improving mobile coverage - £25million BoostThumbnail for article : Improving mobile coverage - £25million Boost
£25 million programme to address 4G ‘notspots'.   The procurement process for a £25 million project to address mobile ‘notspots' across Scotland has been announced today.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 13 March2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 13th) sold 9 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (1) averaged 210.0p (-9.0p) and sold to 210.0p and £1,281.00 gross.  
Spring Statement 2018: what you need to know
The information put out by HM Treasury today but it changes very little since the autumn budget.   The Chancellor has presented his first Spring Statement to Parliament - here's a summary of what he said.  
Scotland's First Agricultural Shared Apprenticeship Scheme AnnouncedThumbnail for article : Scotland's First Agricultural Shared Apprenticeship Scheme Announced
Students from Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) are set to benefit from the country's first agricultural shared apprenticeship scheme.   Launched to coincide with Scottish Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March), the collaboration between SRUC and Ringlink (Scotland) - the UK's largest business ring - will see more than 30 students take up placements at a number of host farms in Aberdeenshire.  
Report highlights success of Highland and Islands collegesThumbnail for article : Report highlights success of Highland and Islands colleges
A new report has revealed that 70.3% of full-time students successfully completed their studies at Highlands and Islands colleges in the 2016 to 2017 academic year.  This is higher than the national average figure which shows that 65.3% of students passed further education courses at Scottish colleges in the period.  
Inspiring Events For Women In AgricultureThumbnail for article : Inspiring Events For Women In Agriculture
Women working in Scottish agriculture are invited to the series of free events.   Event in Caithness - 27 March (11am): Ulbster Arms Hotel, Halkirk, Caithness - Diversification Opportunities See full list below.  
Farmers Advised To Take Steps To Combat Late SpringThumbnail for article : Farmers Advised To Take Steps To Combat Late Spring
Scottish farmers are being advised to take steps and plan fodder usage now, with experts predicting a late spring.   Using data from grass variety trials, specialists from SAC Consulting, part of Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), predict that T-Sum 200 - which indicates when soils have warmed sufficiently for grass growth to begin - will be two-to-three weeks later than normal.  
Population Estimates For Settlements And Localities, Mid-2016Thumbnail for article : Population Estimates For Settlements And Localities, Mid-2016
Figures published today by the National Records of Scotland show nine out of ten people in Scotland live in settlements of 500 people or more.   The statistics show the population in mid-2016 of all areas designated as settlements and localities in Scotland.  
Scottish Rural Businesses Who Go Digital Could Add £2.5bn To Scotland's Economy Says New ReportThumbnail for article : Scottish Rural Businesses Who Go Digital Could Add £2.5bn To Scotland's Economy Says New Report
Annual business turnover in rural areas could grow by at least £1.44 billion across Scotland, with rural microbusiness and small-sized business seeing the greatest returns.   Unlocking the digital potential of rural areas in Scotland could add between £1.2bn and £2.5bn annually in Gross Value Added (GVA) to Scotland's rural economy and at least £1.44bn to rural business turnover, according to a new report commissioned by Amazon and published today by Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) and Rural England.  
Scottish Farm Incomes Increase For First Time In Six YearsThumbnail for article : Scottish Farm Incomes Increase For First Time In Six Years
Incomes from commercial farms in Scotland have increased by around 94 per cent.  This reverses the decline from the previous year, with incomes recovering to 2014 levels.  
Support For Wild SalmonThumbnail for article : Support For Wild Salmon
Funding to address challenges around salmon stocks.   Around £700,000 will be spent on work to help address the range of pressures related to the decline of Scottish wild salmon stocks.  
Caithness Community Council Election Results
Following a postal ballot seven new people have been elected to serve on Dunnet and Canisbay Community Council which has been in abeyance since membership dropped below the minimum number of councillors required.   As 8 nominations had been received, the 1349 electors in the community council area were sent postal ballot papers so they could cast their vote.  
National Campaign Says Apprenticeships Are The BusinessThumbnail for article : National Campaign Says Apprenticeships Are The Business
Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the nationwide campaign aimed at encouraging more employers to take on apprentices.   Kirkhill teen Rhona Lee has discovered the formula for an exciting STEM career and it all starts with a Foundation Apprenticeship.  
Putting Great Business Ideas On The Fast TrackThumbnail for article : Putting Great Business Ideas On The Fast Track
Are you an existing life science or technology business or a start-up that's looking to grow? Or do you have an exciting science or technology idea to explore? The Pathfinder Accelerator provides an exciting and challenging environment, comprising a 12-week intensive programme that tests your ideas, using proven Lean Start Up techniques.   During a further 3 months of coaching and mentoring support the Pathfinder will help you make valuable connections and give you access to information on potential sources of funding for future growth of your business.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 10 March 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts (March 10th) sold 6 cattle, one pony, 11 goats, 159 adult head of sheep and 343 lots of poultry, eggs & poultry equipment at their, rare & traditional breeds of livestock sale.   Cattle (6) sold to £350 gross for a Dexter heifer from Midburn, Lochussie.  
Google Training for Highlands & Islands Students to Help Them Make the Most of DigitalThumbnail for article : Google Training for Highlands & Islands Students to Help Them Make the Most of Digital
Google's Digital Garage team, which offers free digital training to people of all ages to help them find a job, grow in their career and or business, is coming to four Highlands and Islands campuses this month to give students advice on how best to sell their skills to a new employer.   As part of employability month, mentors from Google Digital Garage will travel to Alness, Inverness, Thurso and Kirkwall in Orkney to advise on how you can create a CV that shines.  
All Systems ‘GO' For All-energy 2018: Registration Now Open
All-Energy, the UK's largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference, and the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2018) will be held at Glasgow's SEC on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 May.  Free registration for all elements of the two day event is now open at for all with relevant business/professional interests.  
Redesign continues to deliver improvements
Recent outcomes of Redesign work were noted by Members at yesterday's Highland Council meeting.   In the first year of the programme, 8 redesign projects were undertaken using a "Lean" approach and 36 staff have been trained as facilitators.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 5th March 2018.   Energy & Business services: An interesting update report in today's John O'Groat Journal, which highlights that Fraser Well Management has been appointed to carry out work on the "Wick well" oil field off the Caithness coast at Lybster.  
Dounreay Team To Make Safe The Most Hazardous MaterialsThumbnail for article : Dounreay Team To Make Safe The Most Hazardous Materials
Work has started to make safe one of the most hazardous materials left at Dounreay.   Highly radioactive liquid, known as raffinate, has been stored in tanks for around 20 years after being produced as a by-product of Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) fuel reprocessing.