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10/4/2019
Warning - don't get caught by Council Tax scamThumbnail for article : Warning - don't get caught by Council Tax scam
The Highland Council has been alerted to a Council Tax scam whereby scammers are cold calling and claiming that the resident can have their Council Tax band reassessed upon payment of £150.   Council Tax bands are determined by the Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer who is independent from the Highland Council.  
Business leaders join IMPACT30 programmeThumbnail for article : Business leaders join IMPACT30 programme
Twelve Highland business leaders have been selected to take part in the next IMPACT30 programme.   The programme aims to support the next generation of business leaders, by providing personalised support, coaching and mentoring responsive to their unique growth needs.  
10/4/2019
Scotland Rental Values Continue To GrowThumbnail for article : Scotland Rental Values Continue To Grow
ACCORDING to the latest data from HomeLet's Rental Index, UK rents for new tenancies have begun to rise at a rate not seen in the market for over two years.  The annualised picture shows rental values having increased at a higher rate than was seen in 2018 - rising by 3.3% in the last 12 months.  
10/4/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Special Show and Sale - 10 April 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Special Show and Sale - 10 April 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 10th) sold 743 Aberdeen Angus, native bred and continental store cattle in a special show and sale and 15 OTM cattle.   Aberdeen Angus bullocks (314) averaged 236.6p and sold to 285.7p per kilo for a pen of 357kg Aberdeen Angus crosses from Clatequoy, Thurso and £1,300 gross for a 625kg Aberdeen Angus cross from Ardjachie, Tain Aberdeen Angus heifers (221) averaged 211.6p and sold to 251.9p per kilo for a pen of 516kg Aberdeen Angus crosses form Ardjachie and £1,300 gross for a pen of 547kg Aberdeen Angus crosses also from Ardjachie, Tain.  
10/4/2019
For Employers In Digital Technologies - A SurveyThumbnail for article : For Employers In Digital Technologies - A Survey
Skills Development Scotland on behalf of the ICT and Digital Technologies Skills Group (of which HIE are a partner), are undertaking an analysis of the Digital Technologies sector in Scotland.  This sector is important as it plays an underpinning role in driving the competitiveness of Scotland's other growth sectors as well as being a significant employer in its own right.  
10/4/2019
Dingwall and Highland Marts - Sale 10 April 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall and Highland Marts - Sale 10 April 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, (April 10th) sold 15 Young Farmers over-wintered cattle at their annual show and sale, kindly sponsored by Messrs Craiglands Quarry, Fortrose, Conan Vets, Conon Bridge and ABP, Perth.   Bullocks (11) averaged 243.9p and sold to 285.0p per kilo for the 3rd prize unhaltered bullock, a 400kg British Blue cross from Scott Dingwall, Culbokie East, Culbokie, and £1,280 gross twice for the haltered reserve champion and 2nd haltered bullock, a 495kg British Blue cross from Duncan Munro, Invercharron Mains, Ardgay and also for the 1st prize unhaltered bullock, a 520kg Limousin cross from Scott MacRae, Shawpark, North Kessock.  
9/4/2019
Potholes - Would You Pay More Taxes To Fix ThemThumbnail for article : Potholes - Would You Pay More Taxes To Fix Them
POTHOLES EPIDEMIC ON UK ROADS: BRITS ARE SPENDING £4.9BN A YEAR REPAIRING POTHOLE DAMAGE TO CARS...  AND WOULD BE WILLING TO PAY HIGHER TAXES TO FIX THE PROBLEM.  
9/4/2019
Community Councils Consultation - Have Your Say
Public invited to have their say on how Community Councils are created and governed.   The Highland Council is encouraging members of the public to respond to its public consultation on how Community Councils are created and governed (The Community Council Scheme Review 2018 - 2019).  
9/4/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 9 April 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 9 April 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 9th) sold 10 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (3) averaged 209.3p (-8.7p) and sold to 213.0p per kg and £1,373.50 gross.  
8/4/2019
Support For Farmers In Remote Rural AreasThumbnail for article : Support For Farmers In Remote Rural Areas
Less favoured area payments underway.   Hill farmers and crofters operating in some of our most remote and marginalised areas will benefit from the commencement of payments worth more than £24 million.  
8/4/2019
Reducing risk of infection from animal contact and farm visitsThumbnail for article : Reducing risk of infection from animal contact and farm visits
As we come into spring-time and lambing season, visiting a farm is an enjoyable and educational experience for many people, particularly children.  However, visiting a farm or animal petting centre carries a small risk of catching infection from animals or the environment.  
6/4/2019
Which Newspapers Does Scottish Government Buy
A freedom of information request has been published on the Scottish Government web site showing which newspapers are bought by Scottish Government.   The cost for one year to February 2019 was £74620.  
6/4/2019
Scottish Government Support Pledged For EU Citizens.
EU citizens living in Scotland are to be supported to remain in Scotland during and beyond the uncertainty associated with an EU exit, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.   The First Minister made a commitment to EU citizens that Scotland remains their home as she promised to continue to make a strong case for their rights to be protected in any EU exit scenario.  
6/4/2019
Support For Students After Eu Exit
Funding available to 'UK Returners' for seven years.   Tuition fee and living cost support will continue to be available to eligible UK nationals returning to study in Scotland from the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland for seven years after EU exit.  
5/4/2019
The Scottish Parliament Celebrates Tartan Day 2019Thumbnail for article : The Scottish Parliament Celebrates Tartan Day 2019
The Deputy Presiding Officer, Linda Fabiani MSP, and Liam McArthur MSP will take part in a series of engagements in North America to celebrate Scotland Week.  The visit also coincides with the 20-year anniversary of the Scottish Parliament.  
4/4/2019
Scottish Jam Spreads Across The Pond To The USThumbnail for article : Scottish Jam Spreads Across The Pond To The US
Thousands of people across America celebrated National Peanut Butter and Jelly day this week.   Thousands of people across the US will celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day with a dollop of jam, thanks to the rise in exports from the UK's biggest seller of jams, marmalades and preserves in the USA, Mackays.  
4/4/2019
Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme
Payments underway ahead of schedule.   Around 7,000 specialist beef producers will benefit from payments worth around £40 million in the coming weeks.  
4/4/2019
NDA Cash Will Boost Economy Around Scrabster HarbourThumbnail for article : NDA Cash Will Boost Economy Around Scrabster Harbour
The NDA has pledged £5 million towards a project to upgrade Scrabster Harbour, close to the Dounreay nuclear site in the north of Scotland, improving its capacity to receive cruise ships and vessels working in the offshore oil and gas industry.   The NDA Socio-economic fund will contribute to the development and refurbishment of the harbour's St Ola's Pier, increasing its capacity to receive larger vessels.  
4/4/2019
30 Cities In The Small Business Index 2019, And Their Overall Score For Each CategoryThumbnail for article : 30 Cities In The Small Business Index 2019, And Their Overall Score For Each Category
The Small Businesses Index 2019 analyses the 100 most populous cities across Europe, and ranks them according to four criteria: the amount and type of Small Businesses, Density, Real Estate factors, and various forms of External Support.  While Spanish cities Valencia and Madrid rank first and second place, and Germany steals nine of the top thirty places in the ranking, the UK secures multiple positions thanks to Glasgow's availability of rental spaces, London’s sheer volume of enterprise, and Manchester’s impressive score for External support, which involves factors such as financial measures, initiative of the population, and subsidies supporting small businesses.  
4/4/2019
Littering From VehiclesThumbnail for article : Littering From Vehicles
Action on throwaway culture among motorists.   Tougher action on littering from vehicles is to be introduced as part of a future Circular Economy Bill, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced.