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19/2/2020
Our message to the world: Britain is open for businessThumbnail for article : Our message to the world: Britain is open for business
Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, writes for City AM outlining the benefits of the new points-based immigration system for businesses.   Three weeks ago we delivered on our promise when the UK became a sovereign nation for the first time in 50 years.  
18/2/2020
Driving Theory Test Changes: 14 April 2020Thumbnail for article : Driving Theory Test Changes: 14 April 2020
From 14 April 2020, the car theory test will include 3 multiple-choice questions based on a short video you'll watch.   The way the theory test works in England, Scotland and Wales will change from 14 April 2020.  
18/2/2020
DVLA Hits The Road With Clear Warning To Tax It Or Lose ItThumbnail for article : DVLA Hits The Road With Clear Warning To Tax It Or Lose It
DVLA is back on the road targeting motorists across the UK with a communications campaign that has a clear message for those who take a chance on not taxing their vehicle - tax it or lose it.   The campaign is targeting the 20 regions of the UK where vehicle tax evasion is higher:.  
18/2/2020
£1.2 Billion For The World's Most Powerful Weather And Climate Supercomputer
>£1.2 billion investment confirmed for state-of-the-art supercomputer to improve severe weather and climate forecasting.   >the latest supercomputing technology will unleash the full potential of weather and climate data for the UK.  
18/2/2020
RWM sets out approach to evaluating sites for a GDFThumbnail for article : RWM sets out approach to evaluating sites for a GDF
This item refers to England and Wales but as there is big interest in all things nuclear in Caithness it may be of interest.   ----------------------- Safety, opportunities for communities, and protection of the environment will be key considerations as part of the evaluation of sites to ensure they are suitable for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF).  
18/2/2020
Study Into Corran Narrows Fixed Link OptionsThumbnail for article : Study Into Corran Narrows Fixed Link Options
A study is underway into the feasibility of replacing Scotland's second busiest ferry service with a fixed link bridge or tunnel.   The Highland Council, HITRANS and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are joint funding the study at the Corran Narrows in Lochaber.  
18/2/2020
Fiscal Policies For Women's Economic Empowerment
By Stefania Fabrizio, Daniel Gurara and Lisa Kolovich.   When governments actively promote policies to increase female labor force participation, more women do indeed join the labor force.  
18/2/2020
£90 Million Uk Drive To Reduce Carbon Emissions
Households and businesses will benefit from £90 million to cut carbon emissions in industry and homes.   £90 million package announced to tackle emissions from homes and heavy industry - including funding for Europe's first hydrogen plants which could generate enough clean energy to heat over 200,000 homes £24 million for local energy projects set to reduce housing emissions by up to 80% and save consumers money on their energy bills.  
18/2/2020
Trades Services Framework Standstill Period Extended In Highland Council Area
The standstill period under the Council's Trades Services Framework agreement was due to close with effect from Monday 17th February 2020, with the intention of a proposed go live date with the new arrangements and contracts of 24th February.   The standstill period is a defined period of time between the notice of the contract award decision and the award of the contract.  
18/2/2020
National Saving cuts interest rates and adds another nail to the coffin of UK saving productsThumbnail for article : National Saving cuts interest rates and adds another nail to the coffin of UK saving products
It has today been announced that National Saving has slashed its interest rates and Premium Bond prizes dealing yet another blow to the nation's savers who have already suffered due to continuously low interest rates.   Founder and MD of Sourced Capital , Stephen Moss, commented:"Yet another blow for those trying their best to accumulate any kind of savings pot and perhaps the final nail in the coffin for the vast array of savings based products available to the consumer, as more and more are opting to move away from these traditional options due to the pitiful returns they now provide.  
18/2/2020
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 18 February 2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (February, 18th) sold 11 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (1) averaged 180.0p (-17.5p) and sold to 180.0p per kg and £1,323.00 gross.  
18/2/2020
Taxi Fares Held Level For Another 18 Months In Highland And Tuk Tuk Licence For Wick RefusedThumbnail for article : Taxi Fares Held Level For Another 18 Months In Highland And Tuk Tuk Licence For Wick Refused
Following a review taxi fares in Highland have been held at the same level by the Highland Council Licensing Committee held on 18 February 2019.   The papers and the debate on this issue can be seen at items six on the webcast - https://highland.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/469655 There is a 14 Day period for appeal.  
17/2/2020
First Minister Announces New Positions In The Scottish CabinetThumbnail for article : First Minister Announces New Positions In The Scottish Cabinet
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined new appointments to the Scottish Government and cabinet.   Following her delivery of the Scottish Budget, Kate Forbes has been nominated as Cabinet Secretary for Finance, while Fiona Hyslop will build on a hugely successful period as External Affairs Secretary by taking responsibility for the economy as Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture.  
17/2/2020
Scottish National Investment Bank looks hardwired for failure - here's why
Ross Brown, Univeristy of St Andrews.   Scotland is a step closer to launching the UK's first national investment bank after the Scottish parliament passed plans to create this new source of funding for Scottish businesses.  
Satellite Launch Site Plans - Another ViewThumbnail for article : Satellite Launch Site Plans - Another View
The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has submitted a planning application for a vertical launch site, Space Hub Sutherland, that it plans to construct on the A' Mhoine peninsula, Melness, near Tongue.  
Contract Awarded For £250k Adventure Tourism ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Contract Awarded For £250k Adventure Tourism Programme
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has contracted marketing and business development company, Business and Tourism Solutions (BTS), who will work with Lochaber Chamber of Commerce to deliver the programme.   It will provide intensive engagement, support and interventions for around 50 businesses and providers in the sector across the Highland Council area.  
17/2/2020
Coronavirus: The Blow To The Chinese Economy Could Be Felt For YearsThumbnail for article : Coronavirus: The Blow To The Chinese Economy Could Be Felt For Years
Investors are still being fairly complacent about the novel coronavirus.  After the number of new daily cases suddenly shot up to more than 15,000 on February 12 following more than a week of decline, there were some jitters in the markets.  
17/2/2020
Meeting The Costs Of BrexitThumbnail for article : Meeting The Costs Of Brexit
The UK Government should give an immediate commitment to cover the cost to business and government of leaving the EU, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said.   With the UK Government acknowledging there will be additional checks and certificates required for trade with the EU, Mr Ewing said it is vital they commit to meeting the resulting additional costs incurred by Scotland becoming a ‘third country'.  
15/2/2020
Spaceport Planning ApplicationThumbnail for article : Spaceport Planning Application
On 14th February 2020 the Highland council place an advert in the Northern times newspaper regarding the Spaceport planning application as follows.  - THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (SCOTLAND) ACT 1997 TOWN and COUNTRY PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2017.  
14/2/2020
New Beef Sector Climate Group
A new farmer-led group will examine how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the suckler herd.   Co-chaired by Jim Walker, the group will consider proposals for alternative ways to support the suckler sector mitigate its environmental impact and identify practical ways in which it can reduce its emissions.