The Highland Council's Resources Committee is backing plans to investigate further the feasibility of creating a pan-Highland credit union to provide access to affordable credit across the Highlands. Committee members were presented with the findings of a study which examined the best way to provide affordable credit in Highland.
With just over a week to go until close of entries, HSBC Bank is making a last call to all new companies to enter this year's Start-Up Stars Awards - an annual search for the UK's most promising start-up businesses less than three years old and the inspirational entrepreneurs behind them. The HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards culminates with a glittering black-tie event at London's InterContinental on November 23, where the UK's top new businesses will hope to be crowned 'Start-Up Star 2009' and to walk away with a cheque for £25,000, courtesy of HSBC.
The destruction of the liquid metal coolant in Dounreay's experimental fast reactors means that the site can say farewell to two of its firefighters, the graphex tenders. Specially built for Dounreay, the two graphex tenders are the only ones in the world.
Tamara and Charlie Inness are opening a newly built country clothing and equestrian shop adjoining their home at Borlum Farm, Reay in Caithness. The new business "Calluna Country and Equestrian" opens with a head start having taken over "Bits n Bobs" from Jean Gunn of Sibster.
Tuesday 16th June 2009 In Latheron, Caithness 1-day workshop introducing the skills of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). NLP offers a flexible approach that brings about positive, fast change in individuals and organisations, enabling them to adapt to an ever-shifting world.
University students and recent graduates in the Highlands and Islands are being offered a great opportunity to boost their job prospects, through an eight-week work placement during the summer holidays. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is supporting Shell Step - a UK-wide national placement programme - by subsidising 30 student placements with dynamic, innovative small businesses across the region this summer.
The Highland Council is supporting an HSE campaign in to prevent accidents in schools, colleges and universities. Slips, trips and falls cause 60% of serious injuries to people working in education, according to the latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
"Pentland Tours was launched last year. Those that participated in the tours thoroughly enjoyed their trips and friends of Caithness have been made who will undoubtedly return.
Another legacy of Dounreay's commercial venture into nuclear reprocessing has been safely cleaned up and taken apart. A household proprietry cleaner "Mr Muscle" was found to be the most effective way of removing glue and fake snow use in the clean-up process.
Further details on how Scotland's hard pressed high streets will benefit from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund have been released. The new information on the operation of the £60 million scheme was issued by the Scottish Government and COSLA esterday (2 april 2009).
Multi-award winning actress Keira Knightley and Atonement director Joe Wright have teamed up once again to make a powerful landmark film to raise awareness of domestic violence for Women's Aid. Women's Aid and Grey London are launching a national domestic violence awareness campaign, which centres on a hard-hitting short film directed by BAFTA-winning director, Joe Wright and starring critically acclaimed multi-award winning actress Keira Knightley.
Mey Selections becomes first Scottish consumer goods company to put carbon labels on products Mey Selections, the Caithness based food brand, is the first consumer goods company in Scotland to be certified with the Carbon Trust's Carbon Reduction Label. Mey Selections Luxury Shortbread and two Honey products will carry the Carbon Reduction Label in stores from 1 May, demonstrating the company's work to measure and, crucially, its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint over the next two years.
Today (1 April 2009) responsibility for providing business advice has transferred from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to local authorities. Advice will be provided through the Business Gateway service which already operates in the rest of Scotland In The Highland Council area it will be managed by the Council's enterprise trust, Highland Opportunity and will be the first point of access for information and advice on all services to business and social enterprises in the Highlands.
A nationwide scheme which helps disabled people carry out essential home adaptations has been enhanced. Changes arising from the implementation of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 will trigger a simpler and fairer system of financial help.
The Fairways name will soon be disappearing from 118 High Street in Wick. After over 28 years in business, Ernie Adams has leased the premises to dynamic new company The Linen Cupboard, which has its flagship store in Orkney.
DINGWALL, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, (April 1st) sold 810 store cattle and 23 OTM cattle at their annual show and sale, where all classes met a fantastic trade. Bullocks (482) averaged 186.6p and sold to 235.2p per kg for a pen of 253kg Luing crosses from No.
The Highland Council has secured match funding from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver a growth fund of £1.4m for new and established Highland businesses. The money will be administered by the Council's enterprise trust Highland Opportunity to part fund its Highland Business Growth Fund which provides support targeted at existing businesses operating in the priority sectors of Tourism and Culture, Energy, Food and Drink, Life and other Sciences and the Creative Industries, together with new start ups.
Caithness General Hospital in Wick has developed new services for Stroke patients in the north and is one of the first Rural General Hospital's in Scotland to be offering these treatments. The first of these services, the Novel Rapid Access Neurovascular (TIA) service will start up at the hospital on Thursday 2nd April.
Clubs, groups, organisations and societies in the Highlands can now register on The Highland Council's new free community information website www.high-societies.org that was launched on Monday 30th March 2009 at Dingwall Library. Developed by the Council's library service, High-Societies is designed to signpost members of the public to essential contact information for not-for-profit organisations and to their existing websites where appropriate.
A £60 million scheme offering a route into home ownership for first time buyers starts today. The Open Market Shared Equity Pilot scheme is being expanded from 10 council areas to the whole of Scotland.