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£5.37m Investment Approved By HIE In Caithness And Sutherland In 2022-23
Figures collated by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) show that the agency approved more than £5.37m investment across Caithness and Sutherland in the financial year 2022-23.   The funding is helping a wide range of projects to progress that will support economic growth and business diversification, community resilience and job creation.  
31/5/2023
Say Hi To Your Highland And Islands Credit Union for Saving and BorrowingThumbnail for article : Say Hi To Your Highland And Islands Credit Union for Saving and Borrowing
Hi-Scot credit union covers the Highland and Islands and is a not for profit organisation helping more and more people.   Hi-Scot has been growing slowly over recent years and now holds significant savings.  
Young Entrepreneurs Welcomed Onto Innovation Project BoardThumbnail for article : Young Entrepreneurs Welcomed Onto Innovation Project Board
Three young entrepreneurs have been appointed to the Board of a £16m Highland based innovation project.   The Northern Innovation Hub was set up by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in 2017 with £11m UK Government funding from the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.  
Thurso Based Company In Running For Region's Vibes Awards 2023
Region's businesses shortlisted for VIBES Awards 2023.   Eight businesses from the Highlands have been shortlisted as champions of sustainability at the annual Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards.  
Construction Begins At Sutherland, The UK Mainland's First Vertical Launch SpaceportThumbnail for article : Construction Begins At Sutherland, The UK Mainland's First Vertical Launch Spaceport
£14.6 Million Public Investment Package Confirmed for Carbon-Neutral Spaceport Project.   Orbex has announced that construction has begun at Sutherland Spaceport (formerly known as Space Hub Sutherland) in Scotland, making this the first vertical launch spaceport to be built on the UK mainland.  
Confidence, Performance And Low Carbon Highlighted In Latest Business Survey For Highland But Problems Faced By Many Businesses
This latest release from Highland and Islands Enterprise perhaps needs careful reading as it does not mention some of the huge problems facing in the economy facing businesses.  Of course it wants to emphasis the positive views but no reference to many empty shops in High Streets.  
New Business Units To Be Developed In Wick- £2.7million Contract To Local Firm John Gunn & Sons Thumbnail for article : New Business Units To Be Developed In Wick- £2.7million Contract To Local Firm John Gunn & Sons
Work is underway to create to create four new business units at Wick Business Park, following interest from local firms.   Caithness company, John Gunn & Sons was appointed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for the development, following a public tendering process.  
Levels Of Fuel Poverty Higher In Rural Scotland - Caithness and Sutherland Highlighted In The ReportThumbnail for article : Levels Of Fuel Poverty Higher In Rural Scotland - Caithness and Sutherland Highlighted In The Report
Research published by Changeworks sets out the impact of far higher levels of fuel poverty on the physical and mental health of people living in rural areas of Scotland.   ‘A Perfect Storm: Fuel Poverty in Rural Scotland' was commissioned by the Rural & Islands Housing Associations Forum (RIHAF), the Highlands & Islands Housing Associations Affordable Warmth group (HIHAAW) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  
HIE Launches A New NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Are you an established business with a new product or service that you want to bring to market? This programme will take you through every every stage needed to give your new product or service the best possible start.  Over 12 weeks, you'll learn how to improve the likelihood of success and come away with a business-wide action plan.  
Green Jobs Capital Fund To Assist Employers
The Green Jobs Capital Fund supports organisations to create and retain green jobs.  These are jobs focusing on the production of goods or services that benefit the environment, or that help drive more environmentally friendly processes.  
27/4/2023
Can You Give Some Time To Drive With Caithness Rural TransportThumbnail for article : Can You Give Some Time To Drive With Caithness Rural Transport
Caithness Rural Transport members are growing daily and the service has expanded dramatically these past few months.   The service relies on volunteers to cover any additional runs throughout the week that the main drivers/volunteers who have set days are unable to cover due to already having runs booked in.  
Study Reveals Potential Benefits Of Proposed New Walking Route On ShetlandThumbnail for article : Study Reveals Potential Benefits Of Proposed New Walking Route On Shetland
The report on the potential Shetland Way also predicted that over a 10-year period the route could be used by 600,000 visitors and create 52 additional tourism-related jobs.   Running over 100 miles from Hermaness in the north down to Sumburgh Head in the south, the Shetland Way links the archipelago's natural, cultural and community assets with the aim of bringing social, economic and environmental benefits to the islands.  
New Natural Heritage Facility Opens Near Loch NessThumbnail for article : New Natural Heritage Facility Opens Near Loch Ness
The world's first rewilding centre has been opened in the Highlands that will help more people experience forest restoration, the natural environment and Gaelic culture.   The Rewilding Centre is located at Dundreggan Estate, Invermoriston by conservation, education and research charity, Trees for Life.  
NDA - Local Social and Economic Impact Practitioners' Guidance for grant funding
The NDA has published a guide for practitioners dealing with funding.   It may be useful for businesses and groups thinking about applying for NDA funding to understand the principles involved and the aims being pursued for socio-economic targets.  
5/4/2023
Knowledge Assets ExplainedThumbnail for article : Knowledge Assets Explained
A short film explains what knowledge assets are, why they're so powerful, and how we can help you make the most of them.   The Government Office for Technology Transfer (GOTT) is on a mission to help colleagues in the Civil Service, arm's length bodies and public sector research establishments create value for the UK taxpayer by unlocking the full potential of knowledge assets.  
Community Groups Benefit From Slf Awards
The SLF is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the National Lottery Community Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The site of a former hydroponicum in Achiltibuie, where vegetables were once grown without use of soil, will now provide land for affordable housing and an amenity space following a grant of £304,700 to Coigach Community Development Company from the SLF.  
AMTE, Thurso Agree An Unsecured Loan From Highlands And Islands Enterprise
AMTE Power PLC - Developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion and sodium-ion battery cells for specialist applications has agreed an unsecured £580,000 loan from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.   The loan is repayable after three years and incurs interest, after an initial twelve-month interest free period, at 6.5% per annum.  
Dounreay Has Successfully Joined With Magnox LimitedThumbnail for article : Dounreay Has Successfully Joined With Magnox Limited
Dounreay has successfully joined with Magnox Limited, effective as of April 1st 2023.   This joining is part of the NDA group's wider programme of change.  
NDA Group Gender Pay Gap Report: 2021 To 2022
Data on the difference in employees' average earnings from April 2021 to March 2022 for the NDA group.   Gender Pay Gap legislation introduced in April 2017 requires all employers of 250 or more employees to publish their gender pay gap data annually.  
Young Entrepreneurs Join Business Support ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Young Entrepreneurs Join Business Support Programme
IMPACT30 is led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and delivered by business skills training consultancy, Skillfluence.   The fully funded business growth programme for people aged 35 and under who are in key decision-making roles, offers bespoke support from industry specialists.