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Listen Out For New Noise At Work Regulations
Up to 2.3 million employees potentially affected by introduction of new legislation SMEs are being warned that under new Noise at Work Regulations the noise levels that employees can be exposed to will be reduced by almost half.  This legislation is due to come into effect April 2006 with a two year transitional period for the music and entertainment industry until April 2008.  
S I D Building Services Delivering Roofing And Cladding SolutionsThumbnail for article : S I D Building Services Delivering Roofing And Cladding Solutions
S I D Building Services have established themselves as a building firm able to deliver a range of building work.   Two of their services in particular are gaining more attention due to the severe weather experienced in the Highlands.  
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During the recent refurbishment of the Bayview Nursing Home in Thurso,approximately 5 staff were temporarily housed in serviced office accommodation at the Naver Business Centre.  Now that work has been completed, they are heading home.  
Trade Fair Opportunity For Industrial Technology Sector
TRADE FAIR OPPORTUNITY FOR COMPANIES FROM THE INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY SECTOR TO BREAK INTO INTERNATIONAL MARKETS Companies throughout Europe from the industrial technology sector are being offered the opportunity to make business contacts and seal deals at Hannover Fair in Germany, the world's leading showcase for industrial technology.   The Euro Info Centre in Inverness is inviting companies from Scotland to make the most of their visit to the trade fair by participating in the match-making event B2FAIR (businesses to fairs), a project sponsored by the European Commission.  
Forss Business Park Moving Forward
Forss Business Park received planning approval on 18 November 2005.   The Forss Business Park is owned by Abbey Properties Cambridgeshire Limited who are part of the Abbey Group.  
CASE Approvals - December 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Latest Unemployment Statistics - December 2005
The methodology used by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to calculate unemployment rates has been changed.  The new method expresses the number of claimants as a percentage of the estimated population of working age residents in an area.  
Enterprising Couple Rearing Buffalo In CaithnessThumbnail for article : Enterprising Couple Rearing Buffalo In Caithness
Rebecca Winkle and Graham Maharg run a croft at Scarfskerry and have pooled their talents to operate a range of small enterprises under the name Lotions And Potions Beneath that title lies a varied list of small enterprises including animals most of which are often to be found in and around small farms and increasingly crofts in the Highlands.   One animal, the buffalo is very unusual for Caithness and raised a few eyebrows but contrary to expectations is doing very well.  
Better Ships Could Save £10m on Northern Isles Route, Says Napier Report
A report by Napier University's Maritime Research Group has branded the ferries plying the sailing routes between Aberdeen and the Northern Isles as "two of the most inefficient and environmentally-unfriendly ships built in recent years".   The criticism is contained in the report, Future Options for Northern Isles Ferry Services, commissioned by the Northern Maritime Corridor (NMC), to establish if improvements can be made to the existing service.  
Freight Transport Association Say We Need A New Forth Bridge Now
The Scottish Freight Council of the Freight Transport Association is calling on Transport Minister Tavish Scott to make an early and positive decision regarding the provision of an alternative crossing to the Forth Road Bridge.   Corrosion problems on the bridge are threatening future viability.  
A Letter From Sir Digby Jones, Director General Of The CBIThumbnail for article : A Letter From Sir Digby Jones, Director General Of The CBI
Marie Curie Cancer - Back To The Shop Floor Appeal.   Dear Editor, I will be spending 24 March 2006 working in the post room.  
Tourism Innovation Development Awards
Got a fantastic idea for your business or area? You could be awarded up to £15,000 to help make it happen! It may be a cliché, but there's no escaping the fact that tourism is a globally competitive business – and that to compete and survive, Scottish Tourism has to give the visitor to Scotland something a 'bit special', and become a must visit destination where visitors’ needs come first.   To meet increasing customer demands, we have to think differently, create new customer experiences, work more effectively together and improve our products and services.  
Small Businesses Break New Year Resolutions Within A Month
Good intentions fail because changes seen as too costly to implement.   The majority of resolutions to make business improvements this year will not stand the test of time according to an opinion survey released today by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as part of its Better Business campaign.  
Make A Business Resolution You Can Keep...
Going back to work after Christmas can be depressing for everyone.  The festive season is over, the office Christmas party gossip has died down and there's not another public holiday for months.  
CASE Approvals List - November 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
The Scottish Co-investment Fund
The Scottish Co-investment Fund (SCF) recently benefited from a £500,000 approval by the Highlands and Islands Partnership Programme (HIPP), which administers European funding in the Highlands and Islands.   The SCF is a market driven, highly innovative fund aimed at substantially increasing the risk capital available and therefore the capacity for investment by private sector investors in small, ambitious growth businesses in Scotland (companies with less than 250 employees and net assets of less than £16 million).  
Caithness Cows Supply Milk For New Highland Blue CheeseThumbnail for article : Caithness Cows Supply Milk For New Highland Blue Cheese
A new soft blue cheese Highland Blue, specially developed by Tain cheese-maker Rory Stone for the North Highland Initiative's Mey Selections brand, is set to become a national festive favourite following a Gold medal-winning launch at the recent Cheltenham Cheese Festival.   The flavour and quality of the new soft blue cheese, described as: 'Tangy and long; a soft rich blue with creamy notes and a mellow aftertaste', has now attracted the attention of buyers from food retail giant Sainsbury who have launched it on their delicatessen counters in 23 Sainsbury stores in time for the festive season.  
Poultry Keepers - SAC Meetings About Avian Flu Protection
NORTH OF SCOTLAND MEETINGS: AVIAN FLU Meetings organised by SAC to raise awareness among poultry keepers of what they can do to protect their birds and themselves from avian influenza are set to take place as follows - INVERNESSIRE: 19/12/05, Thistle Hotel, Inverness at 7.30pm.   CAITHNESS: 20/12/05, Park Hotel, Thurso at 8.30pm These are the last of a series of eight meetings which SAC has held throughout Scotland, on behalf of SEERAD.  
EU Prepares For A Year-long Campaign To Protect Young Workers
An EU-wide campaign will start next year to address the safety of young people at work as according to European statistics they run a 50% higher risk of work accidents than other workers.   A 16-year-old worker's legs were broken less than two hours into his first day at work as he fell from the footplate of an 18-ton refuse lorry.  
Dti Can Cut Red Tape By £1 Billion - Can You Help Do More?
Trade & Industry Secretary Alan Johnson today published details of DTI's developing simplification plan and set out how the Department will deliver over £1 billion of regulatory savings by 2010.   The plan will help DTI deliver a new 25% target for reducing administrative burdens as announced by the Prime Minister at the CBI conference today.