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Businesses To Benefit From Extended Contract PortalThumbnail for article : Businesses To Benefit From Extended Contract Portal
An extended online portal that helps small to medium enterprises in the Highlands and Islands find new business opportunities from large contracts, will be launched on Thursday (4 April 2019).   The Open4Business (O4B) portal was originally set up in 2012 by SSE to link supply chain firms with large SSE construction projects.  
3/4/2019
Helcat Monthly Training - April/MayThumbnail for article : Helcat Monthly Training - April/May
We have a range of high-standard rooms which are well-equipped, available to hire on a daily/long-term basis for delivering training, hosting meetings to book your corporate events in etc.   Does your plant training card require renewing, or to be updated from Trained to Competent Operator status?.  
3/4/2019
New Social Enterprises Set To FlourishThumbnail for article : New Social Enterprises Set To Flourish
Seven social entrepreneurs from across the country have been announced as the latest participants in LaunchMe, the social enterprise accelerator.   Innovative social enterprises across Scotland have gained a funding boost.  
3/4/2019
Roadshow To Grow Level Of Specialist Employee Ownership Advice Available To Businesses In ScotlandThumbnail for article : Roadshow To Grow Level Of Specialist Employee Ownership Advice Available To Businesses In Scotland
The Law Society of Scotland, The Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS) and Co-operative Development Scotland are joining forces to promote employee ownership amongst Scotland's professional advisers.   The partners are coming together to host a unique series of events on employee ownership for members of the legal, accounting and banking professions.  
3/4/2019
Lochaber High School leads the way in Highland for digital learning and teachingThumbnail for article : Lochaber High School leads the way in Highland for digital learning and teaching
Lochaber High School in Fort William has become the first secondary school in Highland and the twelfth school in Scotland to receive a ‘Digital Schools Award'.  The school joins a group of innovative secondary schools nationwide to receive the prestigious award recognised by Education Scotland.  
3/4/2019
Scotland's Prison Population Drops By Four Per CentThumbnail for article : Scotland's Prison Population Drops By Four Per Cent
The Scottish prison population fell by 4.1 per cent between 2016 and 2018 while the overall imprisonment rate in Europe fell by nearly seven per cent, new figures reveal.   The Council of Europe's Annual Penal Statistics for 2018 (SPACE), published yesterday, reveals that a downwards trend in European prisoner figures which began in 2012 has continued.  
3/4/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 3 April 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 3 April 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 3rd) sold 692 store cattle, 2 adult head of breeding cattle and 46 OTM cattle.   Bullocks (383) averaged 227.8p and sold to 292.9p per kg for a 280kg British Blue cross from Shewglie, Glenurquhart and £1,270 gross for a pair of 637kg Simmental crosses from Greenvale, Dunnet.  
2/4/2019
Highland Council supports national anti-littering campaignThumbnail for article : Highland Council supports national anti-littering campaign
The Highland Council is supporting the 2019 Keep Scotland Beautiful Clean Up campaign and is encouraging as many communities, businesses, schools and individuals as possible to get involved in a local community clean up.   £53 million of public money is spent addressing litter and flytipping in Scotland each year.  
2/4/2019
Loans Sale To Return £4.9 Billion To UK TaxpayersThumbnail for article : Loans Sale To Return £4.9 Billion To UK Taxpayers
The Chancellor has announced a £4.9 billion sale of loans acquired by the taxpayer during the financial crisis.   A £4.9 billion sale of loans acquired by the taxpayer during the financial crisis has been announced by the Chancellor today (Tuesday 2 April 2019).  
2/4/2019
Fighting The Throwaway CultureThumbnail for article : Fighting The Throwaway Culture
Deposit Return Scheme progressing.   Industry expertise and advice on the implementation of a Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland is to be sought.  
2/4/2019
Brexit Uncertainty Continues As Supply Chain Worries
Brexit is no Y2K because we STILL don't know what we're facing, say supply chain leaders.   An eleventh-hour debate for leading supply chain professionals reveals continued uncertainty is more damaging for business than a no-deal Brexit.  
2/4/2019
Over 50,000 applications to the EU Settlement Scheme on opening weekend
Over 50,000 applications to the EU Settlement Scheme were received on the opening weekend of the scheme going live, the Home Office has today confirmed.   The EU Settlement Scheme was launched on Saturday 30 March following both private and public testing of the application process which began in August 2018.  
2/4/2019
SPAA comments on confirmation of strike action at Glasgow Airport
Staff at Glasgow Airport have announced a 24-hour strike on 16 April.   Unite members at the airport were balloted on strike action in a row over pay and pensions and 95% voted for industrial action.  
2/4/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 2 April 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 2 April 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 2nd) sold 12 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (1) averaged 218.0p (+6.0p) and sold to 218.0p per kg and £1,329.80 gross.  
Towheads/Large Structures Travelling Through WickThumbnail for article : Towheads/Large Structures Travelling Through Wick
Subsea 7 will be moving three towheads for the Equinor Snorre Project from Wick Harbour to Wester Site in the next 2-3 days.  It is planned that the towheads will travel along the route through town as in the photograph.  
1/4/2019
New Minimum Wage Rates From Today
1.8 million workers earning the National Living Wage will receive an additional £690 over the year from today.   These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage.  
1/4/2019
Expansion Of Free Personal Care
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Health Secretary Jeane Freeman visited the Capability Scotland Edinburgh Hub ahead of the extension of free personal care to people of all ages who are assessed as requiring it.   The expansion of free personal care - which was previously only available to those aged over 65 - comes into force on April 1 2019 and is often referred to as ‘Frank's Law’ after the former Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel.  
31/3/2019
Funding to support low carbon projects
A project to help people in social housing get solar panels is one of the projects getting a share of £13.4 million of low carbon funding.   The smart storage project in Aberdeenshire will enable residents in social housing to make the best use of solar panels.  
31/3/2019
Tightening Law On Home Detention Curfew
Amendments proposed to Management of Offenders Bill.   Police could be given new powers of entry and search to apprehend a person unlawfully at large from home detention curfew (HDC) or temporary release as part of proposals to strengthen electronic monitoring.  
31/3/2019
Poverty And Income Inequality Increasing
The latest statistics indicate rising poverty and income inequality in Scotland in recent years.   The incomes of low-income households fell further behind those of middle and high income households, pushing more people into poverty, and increasing income inequality further.