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Support Programme Takes Young Entrepreneurs To The Next Level
Dynamic business support programme, IMPACT30, is aimed at nurturing and empowering the next generation of innovative leaders.   The fully funded programme is for people aged under 35 in a young enterprise and in a key decision-making role.  
Region's Businesses Value Community Links
Most businesses in the Highlands and Islands consider their links with the local community as either equal to or more important than their profitable growth.   This is one of the key findings of the most recent rural business survey commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in partnership with South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE).  
Power Boost For Off-grid Island
A project to increase electricity supply and reduce emissions on a west coast island has been awarded more than £25,000 by HIE.   The HIE funding is being used to replace and upgrade high voltage transformers and other associated equipment to enable a major upgrade of the renewable energy supply on the Isle of Muck.  
Region's Young Workforce To Take Part In Pioneering Sustainability Skills ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Region's Young Workforce To Take Part In Pioneering Sustainability Skills Programme
Region's young workforce to take part in pioneering sustainability skills programme.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Zero Waste Scotland and business transformation enterprise Powering Futures have teamed up to provide the fully-funded places on the Highlands and Islands Powering Futures Challenge 2024.  
New Facility For Renewables Industry Trainees
People working in or entering Scotland's growing renewables industry will soon have access to a new training facility in Inverness.   The £1.22m Renewable Energy Training Centre, being established by Aurora Energy Services Ltd, (AES) will be the first of its kind in the region.  
Online Sales - Improve, Develop And Make More Money - 2 Hours Free Webinar
This event from Business Gateway will cover how your business can look to improve your online sales.   Factors to consider when selling online.  
Two New Board Members Wanted For Highlands And Islands Enterprise
People with a strong commitment to the future of the Highlands and Islands are being invited to apply to join the board of the region's development agency.   Scottish Ministers are looking to fill two non-executive director positions on the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Board, with the new appointees expected to start three-year terms in April.  
Move Your Cycling Facilities Up A Gear - Grants Between £5000 and £25,000Thumbnail for article : Move Your Cycling Facilities Up A Gear - Grants Between £5000 and £25,000
The Highlands and Islands have the potential to be a world-class cycling destination.  With cycling tourism valued at an estimated £37bn to the European economy, there is a significant opportunity for the region to benefit from this growing market.  
Blow To North Economy Assistance As HIE Gets Cut To Its Budget
​The Scottish Government has delivered a huge blow to economic assistance in the Highlands and Islands as Highlands and Islands enterprise has had a 13% cut to it budget for 23/24.   HIE's budget for 2024-25 will drop to £54.8 million, down from £62.8 million in the current year.  
29/12/2023
Christmas is Past But Hi-Scot Credit Union Can Help Save For Next ChristmasThumbnail for article : Christmas is Past But Hi-Scot Credit Union Can Help Save For Next Christmas
3500 thousand credit union members save with Hi-Scot credit union.   Starting to save in January will make things a lot easier by Christmas 2024.  
Blow To Jobs In Thurso As AMTE Power Plc Goes Into Administration
Shares in AMTE Power based in Thurso were suspended on the Stock Exchange on 19 December 2023.   AMTE Power, a high-performance battery developer, has called in administrators in a fresh blow to Britain's net zero industry.  
Young Entrepreneurs Complete Business Support ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Young Entrepreneurs Complete Business Support Programme
IMPACT30 is led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and is delivered by business skills training consultancy, Skillfluence.   The fully funded business growth programme for people aged 35 and under who are in key decision-making roles, offers bespoke support from industry specialists.  
Orkney Boatyard To Expand And Create JobsThumbnail for article : Orkney Boatyard To Expand And Create Jobs
Burray Boatyard Ltd combines traditional craftsmanship with the latest methods of technology to provide boat repairs, maintenance and refits, while also providing services for small wind turbines.   The firm is based in Burray, one of Orkney's linked south isles.  
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - Draft Business Plan 2024 To 2027 For ConsultationThumbnail for article : Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - Draft Business Plan 2024 To 2027 For Consultation
The NDA Draft Business Plan sets out key activities and expected progress for all 17 of the NDA's nuclear sites over the next 3 years.  We want to hear from anyone who has a comment on any aspect of this document.  
Learn And Earn - Apprentice Recruitment Open - Nuclear Waste Services - Dounreay EtcThumbnail for article : Learn And Earn - Apprentice Recruitment Open - Nuclear Waste Services - Dounreay Etc
NRS is delighted to announce that we are recruiting over 30 level 2 - 6 engineering and business apprentices to deliver our decommissioning mission.   John Vickerman, Chief People Officer, commented: "NRS is an exciting place to be.  
Tea Company Set To Cut Carbon And Increase ProductionThumbnail for article : Tea Company Set To Cut Carbon And Increase Production
The West Highland Tea Company is improving the energy efficiency and footprint of its newly leased premises in Mallaig.   A manufacturing company in Lochaber has embarked on a £113,300 project to reduce its carbon footprint while increasing production and creating jobs.  
Register Now For The Largest Nuclear Decommissioning Supply Chain Event In EuropeThumbnail for article : Register Now For The Largest Nuclear Decommissioning Supply Chain Event In Europe
Today, Monday 20 November, the NDA has opened registration for its tenth nuclear decommissioning supply chain event, which will be held at The International Centre in Telford on 27 June 2024.   Launched in 2011, the supply chain event has gone on to attract a total of around 10,000 visitors from more than 20 countries over the years, representing thousands of companies both large and small.  
NDA Reaffirms Cooperation With Korea Radioactive Waste AgencyThumbnail for article : NDA Reaffirms Cooperation With Korea Radioactive Waste Agency
Leaders from the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), and the Korea Radioactive Waste Agency (KORAD) signed their second cooperation statement.   Yesterday, Monday 20 November 2023, leaders from the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), and the Korea Radioactive Waste Agency (KORAD) reaffirmed their commitment to share their knowledge, experience and technology in relation to the management of radioactive waste.  
Modern Apprenticeship Programme
The programme enables people to work, earn and learn as a paid employee over a period of 18 months.  While gaining valuable work experience the recruits are supported to achieve an industry recognised qualification.  
Work Begins To Permanently Secure Low Level Nuclear Waste VaultsThumbnail for article : Work Begins To Permanently Secure Low Level Nuclear Waste Vaults
A key programme of work at the Low Level Waste Repository in Cumbria is making real progress.   The Repository, which is part of Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) and manages disposal of the UK's low level radioactive waste, has started key work on the final capping of historic trenches and vaults which are now full and ready for permanent closure.