The prestigious Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards sponsored by Scottish Provincial Press, Royal Bank of Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise & AVC Media are the annual celebration and recognition of the best of the Industry and this year the event will focus on those important values that give the Highlands and Islands their true sense of place for visitors from around the world - one Hundred Thousand welcomes (ceud mile failte). Tourism businesses throughout the region are invited to apply for any ofthe thirteen awards.
SUMMARY The July 2006 unemployment figures were released on 16th August 2006. During the month, June 2006 to July 2006, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Great Britain rose by 0.7%, from 925,466 to 932,191 (6,725 claimants).
The Highland Council's TEC Services has approved increased taxi fares following consultation with the trade and public and these will take effect from Monday 18 September. The Council undertook a review of the maximum level of charges for the hire of taxis or private hires cars fitted with taxi meters in accordance with the requirements of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.
The new direct air link between Inverness and Benbecula will offer single fares from under £40, inclusive of tax, it was announced Highland Airways will launch direct flights between the Highland capital and the Uists on Monday 4 September. The Inverness-based airline has now placed its new fares on its website booking engine in advance of its enhanced range of services between Inverness and the Western Isles starting next month.
In Germany on 8 August the sale of RWE Solutions to the global private equity group Advent International was completed. The deal is effective from 1 April 2006 and includes all the NUKEM Group's international activities.
Top UK businesses believe young employees need to bridge the business skills gap before entering the workplace, according to a new survey from Young Enterprise. Many young employees come to the workplace with few business skills, too much text book theory and too high an estimation of their abilities-all at a significant cost to business.
UKAEA today welcomed the arrival of Britain's first purpose-built nuclear decommissioning test centre. The T3UK complex, incorporating a research institute of the UHI Millennium Institute, aims to become the country's leading site for trialling the techniques and equipment needed to safely dismantle Britain's nuclear legacy, as well as undertaking test work for the offshore and environmental sectors.
UKAEA APPLIES FOR PLANNING PERMISSION FOR NEXT DECOMMISSIONING PHASE UKAEA is seeking planning permission to commence the construction of new facilities at Dounreay with a combined value in excess of £127 million. A planning application has been submitted to the Highland Council for the construction of three facilities as outlined in phase one of the Highland Council's Dounreay Planning Framework, which was the subject of public consultation during 2005.
Jektec Ltd would like to give a reminder to both Home and Business computer users in Wick and throughout Caithness that there is still a provision for dedicated IT support available. With our well stocked shop and superb lead times we are able to offer everything you may need, from custom built systems that meet your specific requirements to consumables and accessories, all at affordable prices.
A worldwide search for technology capable of improving UKAEA's detection of radioactive particles on beaches near Dounreay has resulted in four companies being short-listed for the award of a contract to undertake the work. Four different systems, including an enhanced version of the system currently in use, were selected by a panel of experts after a series of trials to test their performance against the current system.
A new website promoting opportunities in the Highlands is launched today.- In response to the buoyant Highlands and Islands economy, a new recruitment website - www.hijobs.co.uk - is launched today. The company is expected to turnover £500,000 in its first year.
As young people across the Highlands and Islands anxiously await their exam results, Careers Scotland is urging pupils to remain calm and take advantage of the Exam Results Helpline. Exam results will be posted throughout Scotland in August, and experts from Careers Scotland will be on standby to reassure callers and provide impartial advice.
Computafix has closed their retail outlet in Wick. This is due to the simple fact that there is insufficient retail business in the Wick area to support a shop dedicated to IT.
This year's Highland Spotlight exhibition sees some exciting changes to the format. Not only is there a new date - Tuesday 5 September 2006 - but there are also new features in the form of the Young Business Zone and the NSIG Energy Zone, adding to the already successful Fusion IT Zone.
Lamb grading, sheep health, production systems and easycare sheep are among the topics to be discussed at North Sheep an open day for the sheep industry which is due to be held on Thursday the 10th August 2006, at Kirkton Farm by Melvich, Sutherland, by the kind permission of Messers W Findlayon. This free event which starts at 1.00pm has been organised by SAC and is supported by European Social Fund (ESF), Highlands and islands Enterprise (HIE), Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).
The first annual report on progress to decommission the former experimental reactor site at Dounreay is published today. Dounreay Review 2005/06 has been produced by UKAEA, the body carrying out the safe clean-up and dismantling of the 140-hectare site.
NORTH-based consultants Development Partners Ltd has won an £8m contract from Highlands and Islands Enterprise to manage the supply of advice to organisations over the next three-and-a-half-years. The use of supply partnering for advice provision was introduced in 2003 and its success has led to another round of tendering for the next three-and-a-half year period.
DOUNREAY DIRECTOR TAKES TEMPORARY CHARGE OF UKAEA Following Dipesh Shah's decision not to seek a further term as chief executive of the UKAEA when his current three-year term ends in November, Norman Harrison, currently the director at Dounreay, has been appointed acting chief operating officer of the UKAEA. While Dipesh Shah will remain as CEO for the balance of his appointment, Norman Harrison's role as acting chief operating officer will ensure continuity in the day-to-day running and performance of the organisation until a new CEO is appointed.
New Links for the Western Isles Sunday Services Introduced Air services to and from and within the Western Isles are to be further improved with the news announced today that Highland Airways is to directly link Benbecula with Inverness, and increase frequency on its Stornoway -Inverness services. The enhancement includes the addition of a new lunchtime rotation between Inverness and Stornoway each weekday and a flight on Sundays to provide more comprehensive weekend travel options between the two centres.
Businesses and community organisations in the Highlands and Islands are being asked to help demonstrate that European Union funding has been properly invested. The Highlands and Islands Enterprise network (HIE) is compiling evidence to show in detail the good use put to funding distributed under the EU's six-year Highlands and Islands Special Transitional Programme (HISTP).