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New PhD will explore history of North Coast 500 region
The University of the Highlands and Islands is inviting applications for a new North Coast 500 studentship.  The PhD opportunity has been developed by the university's Centre for History in partnership with the North Coast 500 initiative.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 5 April 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (April, 5th) sold 5,066 sheep of all classes including the annual spring sale of ewe lambs.   Ewe lambs (3,426) averaged £69.82 and sold to £138 gross for a pen of Beltex crosses from Simpson's Croft, Scotsburn.  
Increased allowance and new changes to Welfare Foods Scheme
Low-income families with young children will receive increased payments, digital smartcards and access to a wider range of foods, under new proposals.   The Scottish Government is consulting on plans to reshape the Welfare Foods Scheme, which aims to help families access a healthy diet.  
B851 part-day road closures - new dates
Motorists are being advised by The Highland Council that there will be part-day road closures of the B851 on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th April from 9am to 3pm at Farr Primary School (south of Inverness).   The two rescheduled part-day road closures (which were previously postponed due to bad weather) are required at Farr Primary School to carry out essential carriageway surfacing works.  
Annual inspection of Stromeferry rock faceThumbnail for article : Annual inspection of Stromeferry rock face
The annual inspection of the The annual inspection of the rock face adjacent to the Stromeferry Bypass which is part of the A890 route along the south shore of Loch Carron, will begin on Monday 16 April.   Geotechnical Engineers from AECOM will undertake the inspection with the assistance of rope access contractor Geo-Rope Ltd.  
Cause To Be Upbeat About Energy Engineering
Gavin Mackay, HIE's head of energy industries, reflects on the opportunities and challenges facing the region's energy sector.   At the launch of Oil and Gas UK's 2018 business outlook in March I was invited to use their event portal to pose questions and give my ‘multiple choice’ view of the future of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).  
Selling Online Internationally - Thurso - 18th April 2018
If your business is already selling online, or you're thinking about starting an online sales operation, why not be business brave and consider the international marketplace? With the right information, set-up and skills, your business could capitalise on the wealth of opportunities available beyond the UK!.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) invites you to attend a FREE one-day workshop, 'Selling Online Internationally', where you can learn how to increase international sales through your website.  
Local Government in Scotland - Performance and Challenges 2018Thumbnail for article : Local Government in Scotland - Performance and Challenges 2018
Finding savings is now "increasingly critical" for councils dealing with ongoing reductions in funding, says the Accounts Commission.   Councils are balancing a real terms funding cut of 9.6 per cent over the last eight years with increasing demand, particularly from a growing older population.  
Highland Council Local Scrutiny Plan From Audit ScotlandThumbnail for article : Highland Council Local Scrutiny Plan From Audit Scotland
Highland Council Local Scrutiny Plan - April 2018 to March 2019 Introduction 1.  This local scrutiny plan sets out any scrutiny risks identified by the local area network (LAN), proposed scrutiny responses and expected scrutiny activity for Highland Council during the financial year 2018/19.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 4 April 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 4th) sold 755 Aberdeen Angus, native bred and continental store cattle in a special show and sale and 15 OTM cattle.   Aberdeen Angus bullocks (290) averaged 240.7p and sold to 268.6p per kilo for a 376kg Aberdeen Angus cross from North Calder, Halkirk and £1,440 gross for a 640kg Aberdeen Angus cross from Lochdhu, Nairn.  
School lets - price changes introduced in Highland
Highland Council has reviewed prices for letting school facilities and has introduced some changes from 1 April 2018.  These changes reflect increasing costs and harmonising prices with High Life Highland in line with Council policy.  
Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme will be extended
The Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme will be extended beyond 2019, helping more people purchase a new-build home without the need for a large deposit.   From April 2019, a further £100 million will be invested over two years, helping up to 4,000 households to purchase a new home.  
£33m investment by Aggreko in research and development
Scottish Government support is enabling the world's leading supplier of mobile power generators to develop lower carbon solutions - and increase its Scottish workforce.   Scottish Enterprise have awarded Aggreko UK a £1.5 million research and development (R&D) grant for three projects, which will see the company invest £33 million in its Dumbarton facility and create 23 new jobs.  
Scottish Economy Grows But Lags Behind Uk Average
The Scottish economy grew by 0.3% during the fourth quarter of 2017, according to statistics announced today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.   Change in gross domestic product (GDP) is the main indicator of economic growth in Scotland.  
New Support For Affordable CreditThumbnail for article : New Support For Affordable Credit
Help to reduce costs of borrowing.   Low income families will have greater access to affordable credit through a new £2 million fund.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 3 April 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 3rd) sold 5 prime cattle.   Prime heifers (5) averaged 236.3p (+14.1p) and sold to 240.0p per kg and £1,362.30 gross.  
HIE A' Cur Fàilte Air Plana Cànain Nàiseanta Gàidhlig Ùr - HIE Welcomes Launch Of New National Gaelic Language Plan
HIE a' cur fàilte air Plana Cànain Nàiseanta Gàidhlig ùr Tha Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean (HIE) a’ cur fàilte air am Plana Cànain Nàiseanta Gàidhlig ùr 2018-23 a chaidh fhoillseachadh aig Pàrlamaid na h-Alba an-dè (Diciadain 28 Màrt).   Share Tha am Plana a’ sealltainn mar a thèid fàs a thoirt air a’ Ghàidhlig aig ìre nas luaithe ann an Alba.  
Easter - Have You Finally Checked Out Joining A Credit Union?Thumbnail for article : Easter - Have You Finally Checked Out Joining A Credit Union?
What? You thought about but never got round to it.   Now the Hi-Scot Credit Union have made it easier than in the past.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 26th March 2018 Energy & Business services: As progress continues with the onshore and offshore construction of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm, news comes this week that the other offshore wind development in the Moray Firth has seen a change to its consortium of ownership.  A 33.4% stake in the Moray East project has been taken by Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, bringing them on board with existing shareholders EDPR and Engie.  
Publicly-owned And Ethical: 'transformative' Scottish National Investment Bank Moves Ahead
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT will proceed with the establishment of a Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB), which will be operating "in shadow form" by 2019, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.   Sturgeon confirmed the Scottish Government's commitment to the SNIB, first announced at the SNP's autumn conference in 2017, at the offices of Morton Fraser law firm in Edinburgh, following the official publication of an implementation plan for the SNIB by Tesco Bank CEO Benny Higgins and his advisory group.