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2/5/2019
Council keeps drains and roads clear of sand in ThursoThumbnail for article : Council keeps drains and roads clear of sand in Thurso
The Highland Council's Community Services has recently (Wednesday 1 May 2019) carried out a clear-up in an effort to tackle wind-blown sand affecting the local community in Thurso.   The Council is continuing to monitor its roads and drains under its responsibility near Thurso Beach and is in dialogue with environment partners in Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage and SEPA.  
1/5/2019
Ross and Cromarty Councillors to liaise with communities over changes to festive lighting and decoration support
Ross and Cromarty Councillors are to liaise with Community councils and local community groups wishing to provide festive Christmas lighting and decorations.  It follows a new uniform policy that has come into place in order for the Highland Council to recover the costs associated with providing festive lighting and decoration assistance to communities.  
1/5/2019
SpareRoom reveals average UK rents have increased by 3% since 2018Thumbnail for article : SpareRoom reveals average UK rents have increased by 3% since 2018
The cost of renting a room in the UK has increased by £15 per month since the same period last year - up from £567 in 2018 to £582 in 2019.   South Shields is ranked as the UK's cheapest town averaging £300 per calendar month (pcm).  
1/5/2019
Delivering the Highland Council budget through changeThumbnail for article : Delivering the Highland Council budget through change
The Chief Executive and Budget Leader are meeting with all budget holders this week to set out the need for tight budget controls to continue throughout the year.   The Council approved the Council's change programme "A Sustainable Highland" in February, which is set to deliver £37.456m savings over the next three years.  
30/4/2019
Updates To Driving Licences To Include Alternatively Fuelled Vans
Drivers with a category B driving licence will be able to operate alternatively fuelled vans, provided they complete a minimum of 5 hours additional training.  - See https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-licence-requirements-for-alternatively-fuelled-vehicles ***drivers who hold a category B driving licence will be able to drive alternatively fuelled vans provided they complete additional training in new legislation set out by government.  
30/4/2019
GMB Union Concerns As Four Seasons Health Care Goes Into Administration
Four Seasons Health Care Administration.   Responding to this morning's announcement that one of the UK's biggest care home providers, Four Seasons Heath Care, has entered administration, GMB Scotland Senior Organiser Drew Duffy said: "This is yet another case in point of the crisis in our care sector.  
Leask Marine Successfully Complete Decommissioning Of Ola Pier LinkspanThumbnail for article : Leask Marine Successfully Complete Decommissioning Of Ola Pier Linkspan
Leask Marine have recently completed the decommissioning of the redundant 160 tonne Ola Pier linkspan as part of the redevelopment at Scrabster Harbour, Caithness.   The project included the preparation works of dismantling of the linkspan ramp from the existing pier, placing in temporary support beams to the linkspan prior to the cutting works, removal of the tar from the linkspan road surface, cutting and dismantling the support towers and cutting the actual linkspan into firstly pieces.  
30/4/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 30th April 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 30th) sold 15 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (2) averaged 223.5p (-2.6p) and sold to 236.0p per kg and £1,298.00 gross.  
30/4/2019
UK Outstrips Other Eu Nations As Top Investment Destination In Europe
Latest OECD data shows rising investment in UK amid an uncertain economic global outlook.   Data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published today shows the total value of foreign investment stock into the UK by the end of 2018 increased by 5% to $1,890 billion.  
30/4/2019
The race is on! Showcase your success stories at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019
The National Apprenticeship Awards 2019 are now open for applications - until Friday 24 May 2019.   Calling all employers who fire up their business with apprenticeships, inspirational apprentices who blaze their own trail, rising stars with the drive to succeed and individuals who champion apprenticeships with passion: the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019 are now open for applications - until Friday 24 May 2019.  
29/4/2019
New Best Start Grant Payment Now Open
£250 benefit starts Monday and will be fourth new social security benefit.   A brand new benefit for low income families opened for applications on Monday 29 April 2019.  
29/4/2019
More Homes For Rent
Rental market to benefit from £30 million investment.   People renting will have more choice in where they live and greater security over their home through a £30 million investment from the Building Scotland Fund.  
29/4/2019
Building A Fairer Housing Market - Support For Struggling First-time Buyers
Ensuring the housing market is fairer and delivers more people the homes they want is at the heart of a package announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today.   She revealed that starting later this year the Scottish Government will create a £150 million national pilot scheme to provide support for first-time buyers with the deposit they need when they want to buy a home.  
29/4/2019
A Platform For Innovation - Remarks By Mark Carney, Governor Bank Of England
The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney highlights the opportunities offered by innovation in the financial services.  He says we're moving to a new kind of economy, which needs new kinds of financial services for individuals and businesses.  
29/4/2019
Waste Disposal Costs To Rise After Brexit
Whether you voted to Leave or to Remain, most Britons are aware that some aspects of our lives may change following Brexit - from roaming charges on our mobile phones to increases in food prices.  But one thing which many businesses haven't considered, says BusinessWaste.co.co.uk, is the rising cost of waste disposal.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks commencing 8th-22nd April 2019.   Energy & Business Services: It was good to see the announcement this week by Dounreay that its Decommissioning Services Framework had gone live.  
26/4/2019
Public convenience partnership with Portland Hotel provides Comfort Scheme addition on NC500Thumbnail for article : Public convenience partnership with Portland Hotel provides Comfort Scheme addition on NC500
In a boost for the local Caithness area a new Comfort Scheme has started with immediate effect at The Portland Hotel in Lybster in partnership with The Highland Council.   Recently renovated and launched under new ownership in summer of 2018 The Portland Hotel, Lybster is ideally situated on A99 Wick to Latheron main road, which forms part of the busy NC500 tourist route.  
26/4/2019
Reids Bakery Shortlisted in Scottish Baker of the Year 2019/20 CompetitionThumbnail for article : Reids Bakery Shortlisted in Scottish Baker of the Year 2019/20 Competition
Thanks to the votes of their customers and following a rigorous day of judging by some 50 of the industry's top professionals, Reids Bakery of Thurso, Caithness has been shortlisted for a prize in the Scottish Baker of the Year 2019/20 competition.   "With over 8000 customer votes and in excess of 30,000 individual products votes, for goods baked by the best bakers in the country, Reids Bakery can be very proud of having made it this far" said Head Judge Robert Ross.  
25/4/2019
Scotlands Rural College Invests In Inverness
Following the sale of its Drummondhill site, Scotland's Rural College is looking to reinvest in Inverness.   With the sale of Drummondhill to Tulloch Homes, three of SRUC's services in Inverness are set to move next month.  
Supply chain to play key role in decommissioning projects at DounreayThumbnail for article : Supply chain to play key role in decommissioning projects at Dounreay
Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) has opened the door to dozens of companies to play an active role in supporting the delivery of Scotland's largest decommissioning project.   Construction of a size reduction facility, shaft and silo decommissioning and demolition of historic active laboratories are just some of the major projects expected to be delivered as part of a decommissioning services framework, potentially worth up to £400 million, which was announced on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.