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Capturing Fly-tippers
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has adopted an invaluable database which will not only assist in building up a true picture of the extent of fly-tipping, but help track those who illegally dump waste.   Fly Capture is an electronic system which records the amount and type of waste illegally fly tipped in Scotland.  
SAC Gets New Funding For Courses In HIE Area
SAC has been awarded nearly 152,000 by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to fund the continuation of a training project in the highlands and islands area.  The renewed funding will support the project from August 2006 to July 2007.  
Highlands And Islands Enterprise Chairman Hails Area's ProgressThumbnail for article : Highlands And Islands Enterprise Chairman Hails Area's Progress
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.  
Dounreay News Bulletin Number 27 - May 2006
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.  
Seeking Super Apprentices Across The Highlands And Islands
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.  
NEW PLANT DELIVERS NEXT PHASE OF REACTOR CLEAN-OUT
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.  
Renewables Businesses On show At UK's Biggest Energy Exhibition
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.  
The Innovation Roadshow - Support For New Products & Processes
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.  
Sounds Of Our Lives
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.  
CASE Approvals List - April 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
10/5/2006
The Alexander Bain Awarded Employer Champion StatusThumbnail for article : The Alexander Bain Awarded Employer Champion Status
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.  
8/5/2006
Thurso Indoor Market
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.  
Town Hall Refurbishment in Full FlowThumbnail for article : Town Hall Refurbishment in Full Flow
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.  
28/4/2006
New Look Offers More Choice In Clothing For The NorthThumbnail for article : New Look Offers More Choice In Clothing For The North
On Thursday 27th April 2006 "New Look" opened its doors at the new retail park at Wick.   New Look believes that everyone can enjoy fashion, no matter what your age, shape or size and are committed to making you look cool, funky and trendy all at the same time.  
Take Cover! Fun Is Heading Your WayThumbnail for article : Take Cover! Fun Is Heading Your Way
A new business in Wick is set to have everyone running for cover.   For Paul Steven, whose family owns AMS Motorcycles in Wick, has started up a paintball business on a five-acre site at Bilbster Mains.  
Ten Top Tips For Social Firm Success
Ten top tips for social enterprise companies will be offered at a busy conference in Strathpeffer next month.   Entitled 'A Different Way of Doing Business', the event has been organised by a trail-blazing company set up to help communities establish socially beneficial businesses.  
Cultural Awareness In The Work Place
Employers in Caithness and Sutherland are to be given an opportunity to raise their awareness of employing and working with overseas nationals or those from culturally diverse backgrounds.   The 'Cultural Awareness in the Workplace' workshop has been developed by 'Improve', the skills council for the food and drink sector, and will provide practical advice and guidance on topics ranging from legislation to a wider understanding of the growing number of religions and cultures and is relevant to all sectors of the business community.  
Highlands and Islands Enterprise Seeks Partners To Deliver Advice
Suppliers with experience in providing a range of advice services are being invited to tender for work with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The HIE network currently has contracts in place with four suppliers - Development Partners Ltd; ROC Plus Ltd; Alasdair Bruce Associates Ltd, and Business Partners (Scotland) Ltd - to provide advice to local enterprise company clients across the Highlands and Islands.  
CASE Approvals - February 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
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