A year of remarkable progress in the economy of the Highlands and Islands has significantly enhanced the area's potential to become one of the best regions in the world to live, work, study and visit. That was the message from William Roe, chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) today as he announced the agency's performance against targets for the financial year 2005-06.
The Highland Council, along with Morrison Construction and Tulloch, have announced that the PPP2 Contract recently signed between the Council and Alpha Schools will lead to increased employment and training opportunities for young people across the Highlands. The agreement that has been concluded will see the two companies increase the number of apprentices and trainees in the construction industry.
Issue 27 22 May 2006 £6.5 MILLION VENTILATION UPGRADE ENABLES REACTOR DECOMMISSIONING TO PROCEED A key phase in the decommissioning of the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) has been completed with the installation of a replacement ventilation system, comprising 1.5 kilometres of stainless steel ducting and costing £6.5 million. The 50-year-old ventilation needed to be replaced so that the sphere could be decommissioned safely.
Graham Yemm, founder of Solutions 4 Training proves that we have all the time in the world if we challenge our time thieves. Do you feel as though you are under time pressure for much of your day to day life? Do you think you are "cash rich, time poor"? So many people living in today's apparently increasingly busy and frenetic world feel as though they do not have enough time - yet we have all the time there is!! Why is it so many people struggle with this? Over the years of running various forms of time management training I have come to the conclusion that the reasons are simple.
HIGHLANDS and Islands apprentices and the people behind their success are being sought by the organisers of the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Awards 2006. Apprentices, training providers, colleges and employers throughout the region are invited to enter this year's awards in a number of categories.
North Highland Products - the operating company for the Mey Selections brand - has reported turnover of over £1.2m in its first five months of operation, with over £140,000 gained in premium payments to farmers by the end of March this year for branded beef and lamb. Mey Selections was launched by The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay in August 2005 as part of his North Highland Initiative, which aims to boost the North Highlands economy by promoting its produce, tourism and the built environment.
A £3.8 million plant has commenced active commissioning ready to clean up effluent from the next phase of decommissioning Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor. The start-up of the plant marks the end of a highly successful design and construction project, which has maintained an exemplary safety record on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority by UKAEA and its contractors.
A wide range of renewable energy technologies and businesses from the Highlands and Islands will be on show at All Energy in Aberdeen - the UK's biggest energy exhibition - on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th May. Fourteen organisations will be exhibiting under the new HI-energy brand, which has been created to represent the extensive renewable energy resources, infrastructure and expertise that the Highlands and Islands has to offer.
Venue: Environmental Research Institute - Thurso Date: Tuesday 30th May 2006 Time: 17.00 to 18.40 with buffet to follow Businesses and people with new ideas are warmly invited to a free event being run by UHI HI Links and Fusion in conjunction with the Scottish Executive and Highland and Islands Enterprise. There are a wide range of schemes in place to support both SMEs and large companies in developing new products and processes.
As Noise Action Week sets to roar (22 -26 May), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today recommends some top tips for industry on sound. Measured in decibels (dB), sound affects us all - from everyday household sounds to traffic and industry noise.
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Call for Pubs In The Highlands To Enter New Calor Rural Pub In the Community Award Calor today announced that it is adding a brand new award aimed at rural pubs to its Calor Village of the Year(r) competition. The company is calling on pubs in the Highlands to enter.
The cost of staff absence to the UK economy rose to over £13bn in 2005 - and 66 million days were lost across the public services at a cost of £3.4bn to the taxpayer - according to a new survey of over 400 organisations. The latest annual CBI / AXA Absence Survey, published today (Monday 15 May 2006), reveals that absence levels were 30 per cent higher across public sector organisations than in the private sector.
Employees could be exaggerating fuel bills by as much as 25 percent and UK bosses need to stop turning a blind eye. The warning comes from AA Business Services as petrol prices reach their highest level yet and the company launches Fleet Advantage, a new payment card to help businesses get more control over their fuel expenditure.
Local employer recognised for age friendly policies Wick bar, The Alexander Bain, has been praised as part of a national campaign aimed at tackling age discrimination in the workplace. The Age Positive campaign has awarded JD Wetherspoon "Employer Champion" status, which means it joins an elite list of employers from across Great Britain who exemplify an open-minded approach to hiring staff of all ages.
The National Business Awards for Scotland, sponsored by Orange, the annual national celebration of business excellence, is now open for entry. But time is ticking for companies wishing to enter as the closing date for entry is midday 25th May 2006.
The UK's leading business organisation has announced it will encourage the widespread adoption of smarter working practices, such as flexible working, mobile working, remote working and working from home. The CBI is supporting Work Wise UK, a three-year campaign, as it recognises the potential to fundamentally change the nature of work in this country for the better, and at the same time increase business productivity and competitiveness.
A new Produce Fair is running every Friday at the Morven building at North Highland College in Thurso. Fresh local produce from such as eggs, baking and later in the season strawberries willbe on sale each Friday.
The Wick Music Shop shut last weekend and the owner and staff would like to thank all customers for their support over the last 6 1/2 years. The Thurso shop is still open for now to run down the stock and all CD's and Cassettes are all now half price.
The building enabling work for Caithness Horizons has begun, with the contract for the first phase of work being awarded by Highland Council to local firm MM Miller (Wick) Ltd. Caithness Horizons has held its first annual general meeting and is delighted to announce that directors Paul Cariss, the company's chairman, and Tina Wrighton of UKAEA have both been co-opted back onto the board.