Advisory / Counseling Services News
At meeting of the board of the Hi-Scot Credit Union the directors agreed not to follow other institutions like banks to put up interest rates. Well worth checking what rates you can still get from a credit union.
Upgrade work was required to the primary cold trap loop (PCTL) vessel before it could be used on the next stage of decommissioning. Dounreay's prototype fast reactor decommissioning team is in the process of connecting up the reactor vessel and pipework to water vapour nitrogen (WVN) treatment skids, which will destroy the residual sodium in the system, and enable it to be dismantled safely.
Scotland's enterprise and skills agencies have hailed the news that the country remains the most attractive location in the UK outside of London for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). In EY's latest Scotland Attractiveness Survey published (Monday, 19 June 2023), the figures show that a record 126 inward investment projects were secured by Scotland in 2022, a 3.3% increase compared to 2021 when 122 FDI projects were attracted to the country.
Mark Rouse recently had the opportunity to try his hand at being an airfed suit operator in the training simulator at Dounreay. "I think it was a few years ago when I was first at Dounreay, I expressed an interest in experiencing things that the workforce went through - and airfed suits was one that particularly interested me.
First innovation hub and portable 'pop-up' 5G network for businesses in the Highlands and Islands. The Scotland 5G Centre (S5GC), funded by the Scottish Government, is the national centre for accelerating the deployment and adoption of 5G in Scotland.
An important part of the work to close down Dounreay is to address the legacy of radioactive particles in the marine environment around the site. Particles are fragments of irradiated nuclear fuel discharged to sea as a result of historic practices in reprocessing.
Grays Recycling Services Ltd (GRS) has been working with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to secure a £500,000 contribution to the project from the Scottish Government's Low Carbon Manufacturing Challenge Fund. The fund is administered by HIE partner, Scottish Enterprise, to help companies involved in manufacturing to grow through developing low carbon products, processes, or services.
Figures collated by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) show that the agency approved more than £5.37m investment across Caithness and Sutherland in the financial year 2022-23. The funding is helping a wide range of projects to progress that will support economic growth and business diversification, community resilience and job creation.
Hi-Scot credit union covers the Highland and Islands and is a not for profit organisation helping more and more people. Hi-Scot has been growing slowly over recent years and now holds significant savings.
Three young entrepreneurs have been appointed to the Board of a £16m Highland based innovation project. The Northern Innovation Hub was set up by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in 2017 with £11m UK Government funding from the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.
Region's businesses shortlisted for VIBES Awards 2023. Eight businesses from the Highlands have been shortlisted as champions of sustainability at the annual Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards.
£14.6 Million Public Investment Package Confirmed for Carbon-Neutral Spaceport Project. Orbex has announced that construction has begun at Sutherland Spaceport (formerly known as Space Hub Sutherland) in Scotland, making this the first vertical launch spaceport to be built on the UK mainland.
This latest release from Highland and Islands Enterprise perhaps needs careful reading as it does not mention some of the huge problems facing in the economy facing businesses. Of course it wants to emphasis the positive views but no reference to many empty shops in High Streets.
Work is underway to create to create four new business units at Wick Business Park, following interest from local firms. Caithness company, John Gunn & Sons was appointed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for the development, following a public tendering process.
Research published by Changeworks sets out the impact of far higher levels of fuel poverty on the physical and mental health of people living in rural areas of Scotland. ‘A Perfect Storm: Fuel Poverty in Rural Scotland' was commissioned by the Rural & Islands Housing Associations Forum (RIHAF), the Highlands & Islands Housing Associations Affordable Warmth group (HIHAAW) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Are you an established business with a new product or service that you want to bring to market? This programme will take you through every every stage needed to give your new product or service the best possible start. Over 12 weeks, you'll learn how to improve the likelihood of success and come away with a business-wide action plan.
The Green Jobs Capital Fund supports organisations to create and retain green jobs. These are jobs focusing on the production of goods or services that benefit the environment, or that help drive more environmentally friendly processes.
Caithness Rural Transport members are growing daily and the service has expanded dramatically these past few months. The service relies on volunteers to cover any additional runs throughout the week that the main drivers/volunteers who have set days are unable to cover due to already having runs booked in.
The report on the potential Shetland Way also predicted that over a 10-year period the route could be used by 600,000 visitors and create 52 additional tourism-related jobs. Running over 100 miles from Hermaness in the north down to Sumburgh Head in the south, the Shetland Way links the archipelago's natural, cultural and community assets with the aim of bringing social, economic and environmental benefits to the islands.
The world's first rewilding centre has been opened in the Highlands that will help more people experience forest restoration, the natural environment and Gaelic culture. The Rewilding Centre is located at Dundreggan Estate, Invermoriston by conservation, education and research charity, Trees for Life.