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20/6/2021
Credit Unions Are Growing In The UK But Still A Long Way To Catch Up With USA
The history of credit unions in USA has been one of growth over many years.   The public in many states seem to have moved in greater numbers and saved even more with their local credit union.  
Caithness Site Included For Evaluation In Major Clean Energy DevelopmentThumbnail for article : Caithness Site Included For Evaluation In Major Clean Energy Development
Plans for Caithness to become the host site for a prototype generator for one of the world's most efficient, cleanest and lowest carbon forms of energy have taken a step forward.   A bid to host the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) prototype fusion power plant was submitted by the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) in March.  
Volunteers Supporting Vaccination Roll-outThumbnail for article : Volunteers Supporting Vaccination Roll-out
Thousands of hours contributed to national programme.   Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has thanked volunteers who have now contributed more than 25,000 hours to help deliver the national vaccination programme.  
Airline Suit Work Restarts In Redundant Laboratories At DounreayThumbnail for article : Airline Suit Work Restarts In Redundant Laboratories At Dounreay
Airline suit work has restarted at Dounreay after more than a year's delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Wearing an airline suit is cumbersome and the wearer needs to be dressed and undressed by a dedicated team of helpers who then provide support throughout the task.  
Nevis Range Unveils New Summer ProjectsThumbnail for article : Nevis Range Unveils New Summer Projects
The mountain resort will enhance its summer offering with a new blue accessed gondola trail that, once completed, will be the UK's longest uplift accessed mountain bike trail.   A new and more convenient controlled entry car parking system will also be installed for summer 2021 which will allow visitors the option to pre-purchase parking tickets online.  
Inequalities Exposed - Home-start Report Reveals Top Three Post-pandemic Concerns For ParentsThumbnail for article : Inequalities Exposed - Home-start Report Reveals Top Three Post-pandemic Concerns For Parents
Twice as many low income families (under £16,000 p.a.) are not optimistic about life after lockdown compared with those earning more (over £30,000 p.a.) 57% parents are concerned about their own wellbeing or mental health in the year ahead.   65 % of parents are particularly worried about their children's social development.  
HIE sets out plan for green jobs and inclusive recoveryThumbnail for article : HIE sets out plan for green jobs and inclusive recovery
Scotland's development agency for the Highlands and Islands has set out its plans to create jobs and support an inclusive and green economic recovery over the coming year.   Action for Jobs and Communities is the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) operating plan for 2021-22.  
Young Entrepreneurs Encouraged To Apply To Support ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Young Entrepreneurs Encouraged To Apply To Support Programme
IMPACT30 is a fully funded business growth programme, offering bespoke support from industry specialists.  The deadline for the next round of applications is 21 June.  
Pathfinder Programme Opens For ApplicationsThumbnail for article : Pathfinder Programme Opens For Applications
Virtual taster sessions are arranged for 24 June and 28 July for Pathfinder Accelerator, which is a six-month programme designed to help participants build a company or launch a new product saving time and money.   Developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the programme provides fast-track training and mentoring and will be delivered completely online.  
23/5/2021
World Council Launches The Global Credit Union PodcastThumbnail for article : World Council Launches The Global Credit Union Podcast
World Council of Credit Unions is excited to launch a new monthly podcast that will provide the international credit union community with an in-depth look at some of the interesting and important stories it has to tell, particularly in the areas of international advocacy, international projects, education and networking, and digital transformation.   The Global Credit Union Podcast will also be telling stories about the work credit unions across the world are doing on behalf of their members.  
HIE chief executive to step down in summerThumbnail for article : HIE chief executive to step down in summer
Charlotte Wright, who has led the development agency for the past five years, has announced she plans to step down in the summer for personal reasons.   In a message to staff, Ms Wright said she had taken the difficult decision to resign after a great deal of careful thought.  
30/4/2021
UK Credit Unions Has Reached Its Highest Reported Value At £3.98 BillionThumbnail for article : UK Credit Unions Has Reached Its Highest Reported Value At £3.98 Billion
The latest quarterly report by the Bank of England shows UK Credit Unions continue to increase in strength.   The report published on 30 April 2021 showed - Adult membership of credit unions increased in 2020 Q4 after decreasing in 2020 Q3.  
30/4/2021
New Partnership Supports International Credit Union Community
This new project aims to share research and resources with credit unions in the UK and Ireland.   Filene Research Institute announced an exclusive partnership with the Dublin, Ireland-based CMutual to expand research and resources available to credit unions in the United Kingdom and Ireland.  
HIE Awards Framework Agreement For Specialist Advice For Businesses
Regional development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has awarded a new framework agreement for the procurement of specialist advise to support its clients.   Business advisory firm, Anderson Anderson Brown (AAB), will identify, procure and manage specialist advisors who will support HIE clients as they recover from the pandemic and meet the challenges of Brexit.  
Scottish wedding sector supported by £25million fundThumbnail for article : Scottish wedding sector supported by £25million fund
Over 2,800 businesses which operate within the Scottish wedding industry have been supported by £25.9million worth of funding to help survive the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.   A total of 2,811 eligible firms received a share of the Scottish Wedding Industry Fund, which was provided by the Scottish Government and administered by a partnership of South of Scotland Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  
Consolidation Of Spent Fuel And Nuclear Materials - Dounreay And Other SitesThumbnail for article : Consolidation Of Spent Fuel And Nuclear Materials - Dounreay And Other Sites
Statement issue18 March 2021 by NDA, Dounreay and Sellafield.   In 2013 we concluded the development of our strategy to remove unirradiated nuclear material from Dounreay and consolidate it at Sellafield.  
Alumni Event Marks Three Years Of PathfinderThumbnail for article : Alumni Event Marks Three Years Of Pathfinder
A fully funded business growth programme aimed at nurturing life sciences and technology businesses is celebrating the completion of its third year.   Pathfinder Accelerator was developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to help businesses bring new ideas to market quicker.  
Design Contract Awarded For Dounreay Shaft And Silo WorkThumbnail for article : Design Contract Awarded For Dounreay Shaft And Silo Work
Dounreay has awarded an important waste clean-up contract to Jacobs as the site plans for the future of its deepest historic radioactive waste store.   Jacobs and its supporting partners have been awarded a 6-year contract to provide a design management team to produce a fully integrated design for the shaft and silo project.  
Boost For New Tourism Business In MorayThumbnail for article : Boost For New Tourism Business In Moray
A project to create a new luxury venue and holiday accommodation in Moray has secured up to £100,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The project, by Rothes Glen Limited (RGL), will create up to ten new full-time equivalent jobs in rural Speyside.  
24/2/2021
Launch Of £15 Million Scottish Community Lenders Fund
A new £15 million fund has been announced to support affordable lending services.   It will support Credit Unions and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) which offer financial help to those who have poor credit and are often turned away from high street banks.