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16/9/2018
Extra Vessel For Northern Isles Freight Services
Increased capacity with services to start this weekend.   A third freighter has been chartered for the Northern Isles to address the immediate customer needs of key sectors, including aquaculture businesses, with services due to commence this weekend.  
16/9/2018
Oil and gas sales up
Oil and gas sales value in Scotland has risen by 18.2% between 2016-17 and 2017-18, according to new figures.   The Oil and Gas Production Statistics for Scotland 2017-18, released today also shows that despite the slight decrease of 1.7% in the latest year, production of oil and gas remains 23.1% higher than the level recorded in 2014-15.  
16/9/2018
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Fort William Cattle Sale 15 September 2018
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 15th) sold 513 weaned calves and store cattle, 6 OTM cattle and one adult head of breeding cattle.   Bullocks (295) averaged 249.8p (-27.8p on the year) and sold to 319.1p per kg for a pen of 235kg Charolais crosses from Dunlichity Farm, Farr, and £990 gross for a pair of 440kg Limousin crosses from Fersit, Roy Bridge.  
16/9/2018
Scottish Public Sector Employment
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.   Public Sector Employment Statistics for Scotland, released today by Scotland's Chief Statistician, show that there were 559,500 people employed in the public sector in Scotland in June 2018.  
HIE reports on 2017-18 results
IE has announced performance figures for its work in 2017/18.  The figures are included in the agency's annual accounts laid before the Scottish Parliament.  
16/9/2018
Leading The Way To A Low-carbon Future
A national taskforce to advise on how Scotland achieves a carbon-neutral economy has been launched.   The Just Transition Commission, a commitment under the Programme for Government, will look at how to maximise opportunities of decarbonisation, in terms of fair work and tackling inequalities, while delivering a sustainable and inclusive labour market.  
16/9/2018
USDAW seeks urgent action from the Scottish Government to tackle the crisis on our high streets
Shopworkers' trade union Usdaw has met with Jamie Hepburn MSP, the Scottish Minister for Business, to discuss the issues the retail sector faces, after a year or more of retail company collapses, store closures and shopworker redundancies.   This year alone we have seen Debenhams considering store closures, House of Fraser still with an uncertain future, Homebase sold for £1 and more store closures planned, Poundworld in administration and sold at the eleventh hour, potential store closures as Sainsbury's and Asda merge, M&S continuing their store closure programme, Toys ‘r' Us folding, Mothercare closing stores, Maplins and many others struggling.  
16/9/2018
Scottish Government Workforce Statistics June 2018
An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.   The latest quarterly Scottish Government Workforce Information statistics have been published today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.  
Practical Steps To A Cyber Strong Business - Highlands And Islands Tour Launched
Businesses and social enterprises across the Highlands and Islands which want to head-off cyber attacks in their online work are being offered jargon-free, expert advice.   The Cyber Strong Business programme, introduced by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) last year, is back with a second series of workshops, one-to-one consultations, and a Cyber Cafe in venues across the region.  
15/9/2018
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale Store Lambs 14 September 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 14th) sold 3812 store lambs.   Show generously sponsored by Blackface Sheep Breeders Association.  
9/9/2018
More Money For Self-build Homes
£4 million loan fund open for applications People across Scotland who want to build their own homes will be able to apply to the self-build loan fund from today.   Announcing that the £4 million fund is now open for applications, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: We know that people are interested in building their own homes and in some cases, it is the best way for families to tailor their homes to their needs.  
9/9/2018
Does Your Business Need Funding?
There are many places online to look for funding.   Here are a few of places to start.  
7/9/2018
Highland Council Considers Planning For 3-year Budget Gap
The Highland Council has agreed to plan for a potential budget gap of £66.7 million over the next three years.   It was agreed by Members in June to develop plans for a multi-year budget for the next 3 financial years (2019-22) to meet the challenge of a potential funding gap dependent on a wide range of variables.  
7/9/2018
Vital Local Services In Scotland Are Collapsing Say Council Staff In Unison Survey
Highland councils is considering 3 year budget deficit and the challenges facing them.   A Unison survey in June 2018 found much to back this up and it is below.  
7/9/2018
Response to Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme Consultation
Members have discussed the consultation and proposed response to a review of the structure of the Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme.   The Highland Council Pension Fund is one of eleven constituent funds of the Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme.  
7/9/2018
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 6 September 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 6th) sold 8,837 store lambs.   Cheviot lambs averaged £43.72 (-£1.13 on the year) and sold to £130 gross for a pen of ram lambs from Burnbank, Isle of Canna.  
6/9/2018
Council seeks new staff to ensure Highland's children get the best start in life
The Highland Council is looking for experienced staff or existing managers to drive the Early Learning and Childcare initiative forward, to ensure our youngest children get the best start in life and are ready to succeed.   The Council will be almost doubling the provision of early learning and childcare over the next two years.  
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Join the North Highland College UHI Board of Management to help shape education across the Highlands and Islands.   North Highland College UHI is a partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands and a leading college of further and higher education offering training, education and skills development opportunities from access to PhD level.  
6/9/2018
Chinese traders must pay fair postal charges or more British retailers will collapse, says ParcelHero
As the Universal Postal Union meets to decide the secret rates each country must pay for cross border deliveries, international parcels expert ParcelHero says China must be forced to pay its fair share.   The international parcel delivery specialist ParcelHero says every year hundreds of British traders are going bust as they can't compete with ultra-cheap Chinese imports, whose postal costs are subsidised by the UK and US postal services, thanks to secret rates arranged by the Universal Postal Union (UPU).  
6/9/2018
Highland Council supports moves to improve local democracy
The Highland Council is encouraging local community groups to participate in the Scottish Government's Local Governance Review.   Members have today considered the work to date preparing for The Highland Council's contribution to the Local Governance Review.