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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.  
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, 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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
If You Need To Know What Contracts Go Out From Highland Council
If you are looking for council contracts in Highland a paper on the council web site shows values and dates of the contracts.   Here is the link for you to check what contracts for every kind of service are given out by Highland Council then you can down load a Pdf at Find out more about council contracts and procurement at  
The Pound In Scotland - Do You Support The Change To Scottish Currency?
The risks are huge and the SNP will debate the issues of this most important potential change that will affect all of us if it were to go ahead under independence.  The SNP conference takes place on 27th and 28th April 2019.  
The Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards: Call for Entries 2019Thumbnail for article : The Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards:  Call for Entries 2019
The Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards, now in their fifteenth year, will be held on Friday 15 November 2019 at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness.   With some of the best natural produce in the world, the Awards showcase and celebrate excellence and achievement in the food and drink industry in the region.  
Attracting visitors to the Firth of ForthThumbnail for article : Attracting visitors to the Firth of Forth
A plan to boost visitor numbers to the three bridges which span the Firth of Forth has been launched this week by Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop.   The ten-year strategy highlights a number of opportunities to promote the Forth Rail Bridge, the Forth Road Bridge and the Queensferry Crossing - each one a world record holder in its own right - and to attract people to the area for a world-class visitor experience.  
Public Sector Finances, UK: March 2019 - Public Sector Debt £1.8 TrillionThumbnail for article : Public Sector Finances, UK: March 2019 - Public Sector Debt £1.8 Trillion
Excerpts From The Report published by The Office for National Statistics.   See the link at the bottom to go to the full report.  
Collaborating To Help Close The Attainment Gap
Stronger connections between schools and youth work organisations A pilot scheme to help schools and youth work organisations work together to close the attainment gap in education has been launched today.   The new Youth Work and Schools Partnership programme will offer young people the opportunity to develop relationships with trusted adults and provide learning opportunities outwith the home and school environment.  
Year-on Year Figures Show 5% Increase In Scottish BankruptciesThumbnail for article : Year-on Year Figures Show 5% Increase In Scottish Bankruptcies
Accountant in Bankruptcy's (AiB) provisional figures published today for the financial year 2018-19 show there were 4,862 awards of bankruptcy compared to 4,644 during 2017-18.   Protected trust deed (PTD) numbers continue to fuel the increase in total personal insolvencies which include both bankruptcies and protected trust deeds in Scotland by 20.5%.  
UK Businesses Contributed Nearly £200 Billion In Tax For 2018/19Thumbnail for article : UK Businesses Contributed Nearly £200 Billion In Tax For 2018/19
New CBI analysis of data published by the Office for National Statistics today (Wednesday 24th April 2019) has found that businesses paid £196 billion in taxes in 2018/19, up from £188 billion last year.  The total business tax contribution amounts to 27% of all tax revenue.  
Decrease In Derelict And Urban Vacant Land
Scotland's Chief Statistician has today released the latest annual statistics on the extent of vacant and derelict land in Scotland.   Data from the 2018 Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey gives the following results: The total amount of derelict and urban vacant land in Scotland has decreased by 716 hectares (6%) in the latest year, from 11,753 hectares in 2017 to 11,037 hectares in 2018.  
Brexit A Key Factor In Slowing New Car SalesThumbnail for article : Brexit A Key Factor In Slowing New Car Sales
Brexit, a global slowdown, and confusion over fuel type have caused 2.4 million drivers to think twice about buying a brand-new car.  The findings from a new report published by Close Brothers Motor Finance found, in the past year, the proportion of drivers planning on buying a used car has dramatically increased, while those planning to buy new have fallen.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 24 April 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 24 April 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 24th) sold 22 pedigree bulls at their annual show and sale sponsored by Messrs Mackenzie, Whitebog, Fortrose.   The judge, Mr G Rhind, Newton of Struthers, Kinloss, awarded the supreme overall champion to Knock Nearco, a 23 month old Limousin, from Messrs A & G Howie, West Knock, Peterhead to H I MacKinnon Esq, 6 Heastie Broadford for 3,500gns.  
Trade FiguresThumbnail for article : Trade Figures
Office For National Statistics has today, 24 April 2019 released Q4 2018 Trade in Services data, which show that exports and imports of services were higher in Q4 2018 than Q4 2017 by £2.6bn and £4.4bn respectively.  Exports of services grew by £4.6bn between 2017 and 2018, while imports of services grew by £10.6 billon, leading to a narrowing of the trade in services surplus.  
The High Street celebrates sales success - but online grows twice as fast
March's ONS retail figures reveal a 6.7% annual rise in High Street sales as the sun lured out shoppers - but 12.4% online growth put that in the shade cautions ParcelCompare High Street stores enjoyed a 6.7% rise in the volume of products sold this March compared to March last year, the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) Retail figures have revealed.   But before High Street stores rest on their laurels, the home delivery expert ParcelCompare points out that was against terrible shopping weather as the Beast From the East snow storm dug in last March.