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Agriculture Facts & Figures
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.   Do you how many sheep there are in Scotland? Or how much milk is produced? Or the size of the food & drink industry? These and many other key agricultural statistics can be found in the handy pocket-sized Facts and Figures card for the Agriculture Sector published by the Scottish Government today.  
Highland Council toilet provision review extended
After listening to feedback from communities across the Highlands, Highland Council's Administration have decided to take more time to rationalise toilet provision in the Highlands.   Budget Leader and Chair of Corporate Resources Cllr Alister MacKinnon and Cllr Allan Henderson, Chair of Environment, Development and Infrastructure report: "In view of serious community proposals coming forward and being assessed, by groups such as North Coast 500 and others across the Highlands, through the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, it is prudent to allow extra time for the review.  
Car Parking Charges Across Highland Getting Closer
The results of a recent car parking review requested by The Highland Council's Redesign Board have created a vision for car parking and a shift towards localism in the region.   Members of the Redesign Board have agreed a common ground on recommendations for a new car parking policy and improvements to car parking processes in the local authority area.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 12 June 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (June, 12th) sold 9 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (3) averaged 227.3p (-1.8p) and sold to 230.0p per kg and £1,265.60 gross.  
Protest Mounting Over Certain Gills Bay/John O'Groats Bus Services To Be Cancelled
Since the news came out in the John O'Groat Journal that Stage coach are to change bus services for Gills and John O'Groats protests have been getting louder.   the proposed bus timetable changes from 20th August which effectively abolish the direct route from Wick to John o'Groats and Gills.  
HIE Appoints New Head Of Innovation And TechnologyThumbnail for article : HIE Appoints New Head Of Innovation And Technology
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has appointed a new regional head of innovation and technology.   Based in An Lòchran, Inverness, David Howie is responsible for a dynamic portfolio that includes all HIE activities on innovation, technology and advanced engineering.  
North Highland College UHI Open Day
Whether you're a school leaver looking to make the best of your qualifications; a job seeker looking for a new opportunity; a careerist looking for a change of direction, or maybe one of our work based qualifications is what you're after.  Whatever it is, we have something for you.  
New young people survey launched
A major new survey gets underway this week to track the changing attitudes and aspirations of young people in relation to the Highlands and Islands.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has commissioned the work.  
Don't miss a trick - Scams Awareness Month 2018
Highland Council's Trading Standards team will be supporting national Scams Awareness Month during June.   The national campaign is being organised by Citizens Advice and is about creating a network of confident, alert consumers who ‘don't miss a trick’ when it comes to scams.  
High-Fi for Fort William - Free WiFi is rolled out across 14 Highland towns
FORT WILLIAM now has access to free WiFi in and around the centre of the town thanks to a project led by the Highland Council and funded by the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.   The free WiFi, called "High-Fi", is aimed at stimulating economic growth and will increase digital inclusion across the Highlands.  
Car Clubs Help The Highland Council Drive Ahead
The Highland Council, in partnership with Enterprise Car Club an E-Car Club, have recently launched car clubs at multiple Council offices throughout the region.   The scheme's newest location, Fort William, is being launched on 4th June 2018 and will form part of a 6-month pilot.  
Entrepreneurial Sales Workshop (Thurso)
The Entrepreneurial Sales workshop is part of the Entrepreneurial Academy workshop series being delivered across the Highlands and Islands region in 2018-20 This workshop gives you a structured six-point process to help understand the selling cycle from initial research to generate leads to post-sale management of the account.   It provides you with practical tools and techniques to build rapport with potential customers, understand buyers' motivations, present the features and benefits of your product or service, handle objections and close the sale.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Tourism: Interesting to note that Whitbread have this week confirmed an intention to submit planning application to build a Premier Inn in Thurso.  The proposal is for ground near Thurso railway station, and the news has been given a cautious welcome, with some questions about effects on existing hotel businesses.  
Highlands And Islands Entrepreneurs Get Back To School For SummerThumbnail for article : Highlands And Islands Entrepreneurs Get Back To School For Summer
An Entrepreneurial Academy is being rolled out across the Highlands and Islands to support the region's entrepreneurs accelerate their business growth.   Originally launched by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in 2017, the Entrepreneurial Academy will now provide a series of one day, practice-based workshops across the region.  
Fire Brigades Union Responds To Auditor General's Report On The Scottish Fire And Rescue ServiceThumbnail for article : Fire Brigades Union Responds To Auditor General's Report On The Scottish Fire And Rescue Service
Reacting to the publication today (31 May 2018) of the Auditor General's report on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), Denise Christie, regional secretary of the FBU in Scotland, said: "Many areas of this report are extremely concerning for firefighters and the communities of Scotland.  The FBU are extremely proud of the work firefighters do but we have concerns about the management and funding of the service.  
Highland Success In Scottish Beach AwardsThumbnail for article : Highland Success In Scottish Beach Awards
Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced that 12 beaches in the Highlands have received Scottish Beach Awards in 2018, recognising the high standards provided to users - from keeping sand litter free to providing excellent information and accessible amenities.   Signalling the start of the traditional Scottish bathing season on 1st June, the annual Scottish Beach Awards celebrate some of the best managed beaches in the country and act as a benchmark for local environmental quality on Scotland's coastline.  
Leader of the Highland Council responds to Islands Bill
Speaking after the passing of the Scottish Government's Islands (Scotland) Bill, Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council said: "I welcome the passing of this Bill which recognises the importance of our Island communities and considers the impact of legislation and policies on people who live there.   "The Bill refers to a national islands plan which is aimed at improving outcomes for island communities and I really look forward to positive discussions with the Scottish Government about this plan.  
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service takes 'cautious approach' to reformThumbnail for article : Scottish Fire and Rescue Service takes 'cautious approach' to reform
Turning the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) into a more flexible, modern service has been steady but slow, says the Auditor General.   Caroline Gardner's report says real progress has been made with integrating the eight former services into a single body.  
Major Progress As Options For Longman Junction Go On DisplayThumbnail for article : Major Progress As Options For Longman Junction Go On Display
Everyone north of the Kessock Bridge will be thankful for improvements to this junction.   So many of us have wasted time and burnt fuel waiting to get through it.  
Communities To Shape Democracy
People to have their say on Scotland's public services.   People across Scotland are being invited to join a conversation about community decision-making to help make public services more locally focused.