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2/12/2020
£400k Investment At Enterprise Park ForresThumbnail for article : £400k Investment At Enterprise Park Forres
Plans are underway to accelerate the construction of buildings and infrastructure to meet the needs of growing businesses in Moray and to continue attracting new firms into the area.   HIE has approved a £408,476 investment to start the next stage of development at the Enterprise Park Forres.  
2/12/2020
Improved Fire Safety For New Flats And Social Homes
Changes to sprinkler regulations.   Guidance has been published for the house building industry ahead of new regulations on sprinklers coming into effect next year.  
2/12/2020
Cashback For Communities
More than 100,000 young people supported by scheme.   A youth programme unique to Scotland has helped transform the lives of 106,000 young people in the past three years.  
2/12/2020
Missions Approved For New Investment BankThumbnail for article : Missions Approved For New Investment Bank
The new Scottish National Investment Bank has been set three core missions to ensure it addresses the "grand challenges" facing Scotland.   The missions have been confirmed to the Bank after being approved by MSPs.  
2/12/2020
Oecd Economic Outlook - How Bad Is The Uks Economic Situation? Very Bad, According To The OECDThumbnail for article : Oecd Economic Outlook - How Bad Is The Uks Economic Situation? Very Bad, According To The OECD
United Kingdom Economic Snapshot from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (ORCD) Economic Forecast Summary (December 2020).   GDP is set to contract again in the fourth quarter of 2020 as virus containment measures are implemented, and to fall by 11.2% in 2020 as a whole.  
2/12/2020
£3.6 Million Boost For 29 Community Groups From The Scottish Land FundThumbnail for article : £3.6 Million Boost For 29 Community Groups From The Scottish Land Fund
Multiple projects across Scotland have received funding in the latest round of grants from the Scottish Land Fund.  The money will allow groups from both urban and rural areas to take ownership of local assets and put them to use for the benefit of their local communities.  
2/12/2020
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Breeding Cattle Sale 2 December 2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December 2nd) 2nd special sale of breeding cattle sold 97 adult head of breeding cattle 13 OTM cattle.   Heifers (9) sold to £1,260 gross from Clury Farm, Dulnain Bridge.  
2/12/2020
£25 Million Apprenticeship Support
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced two new incentives to increase apprenticeships and create opportunities for young people.   Recognising the challenging circumstances for employers as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), and the impact on opportunities for young people, more businesses will be able to access financial support to help them take on young people through the new £15 million Apprenticeship Employer Grant.  
2/12/2020
An Update On The Coronavirus Vaccine, 2 December 2020Thumbnail for article : An Update On The Coronavirus Vaccine, 2 December 2020
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock gave a statement to the House of Commons about the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.   Mr Speaker, with permission I'd like to make a statement about the coronavirus vaccine.  
2/12/2020
Covid-19 Vaccine Authorised By Medicines RegulatorThumbnail for article : Covid-19 Vaccine Authorised By Medicines Regulator
The vaccine will be made available across the UK to priority groups from next week.   UK medicines regulator authorises first COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine meets regulator's strict standards of safety, efficacy and quality Vaccine to be made available across the UK to priority groups from next week Tens of thousands of people will receive an effective and high-quality COVID-19 vaccine from next week, as the UK becomes the first country in the western world to authorise a vaccine.  
2/12/2020
Jobcentre Guidance On Covid-19 Local Restriction Tiers
Jobcentres will remain open, as they have throughout the pandemic, to provide essential services to those we cannot help remotely.   The Department will follow the latest government and PHE guidance to ensure colleagues and customers remain safe throughout.  
2/12/2020
Uk Medicines Regulator Gives Approval For First Uk Covid-19 VaccineThumbnail for article : Uk Medicines Regulator Gives Approval For First Uk Covid-19 Vaccine
The first COVID-19 vaccine for the UK, developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, has today been given approval for use following a thorough review carried out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).   The decision by the UK regulatory authority was made with advice from the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM), the government's independent expert scientific advisory body.  
1/12/2020
£500 Bonus For Health And Social Care Staff
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today announced a one-off payment for Scotland's lifesavers and care-givers on the frontline throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   A pro rated payment of £500 will be made as soon as is practicable to all NHS and social care workers employed since 17 March 2020 - including staff who have had to shield, or who have since retired.  
1/12/2020
Winter Support Fund For Families And Children
Funding to help people pay for food, heating, warm clothing and shelter during the winter is part of a new £100m support package.   The fund will help those on low incomes, children and people at risk of homelessness or social isolation cope with winter weather and the economic impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) and Brexit.  
1/12/2020
New Global System Awards Points For Skills, Having A Job Offer And Speaking English - New Immigration Rules For Foreign WorkersThumbnail for article : New Global System Awards Points For Skills, Having A Job Offer And Speaking English - New Immigration Rules For Foreign Workers
Applications for the new skilled worker visa open today (1 December), meaning the brightest and the best from around the world can now apply to work in the UK from 1 January 2021.   Under the points-based immigration system, points will be awarded for a job offer at the appropriate skill level, knowledge of English and being paid a minimum salary.  
1/12/2020
Survey Reveals The Activities Brits Will Miss The Most This Festive SeasonThumbnail for article : Survey Reveals The Activities Brits Will Miss The Most This Festive Season
The office Christmas party tops the list of the festivities Brits are most disappointed about missing out on this year.   The survey of more than 8,700 people carried out by well-known UK hotel group Macdonald Hotels, the parent company to Macdonald Aviemore Resort, analysed the attitudes of Brits as they prepare for what is set to be the most restrictive Christmas in generations.  
1/12/2020
How The Rich Get RicherThumbnail for article : How The Rich Get Richer
Blog By Davide Malacrino on the web site of the International Monetary Fund.   Wealth begets wealth.  
1/12/2020
Letter To The Construction Sector About Actions To Take From 1 January 2021Thumbnail for article : Letter To The Construction Sector About Actions To Take From 1 January 2021
Letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to the construction sector about actions they need to take from 1 January 2021.   See the letter HERE Urgent message from the Business Secretary There is just over a month to go until the end of the transition period and there will be new rules to follow from 1 January 2021 onwards.  
1/12/2020
New UK-wide Advice On Ear Tags For Livestock ExportersThumbnail for article : New UK-wide Advice On Ear Tags For Livestock Exporters
Changes to ear tags for livestock exports and movements from Great Britain to the EU and Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021.   The government is encouraging livestock exporters to prepare for new changes that will apply to ear tagging when the transition period ends.  
1/12/2020
Transition period: letter to the professional and business services sector
Letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to the professional and business services sector about actions they need to take from 1 January 2021.   See the letter HERE Urgent message from the Business Secretary There is just over a month to go until the end of the transition period and there will be new rules to follow from 1 January 2021 onwards.