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Win A Trip To Boston To Help Your Business Grow
Entrepreneurs with ambitious business plans are encouraged to enter a competition to win a trip to the world famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and UHI Millennium Institute (UHI) are offering a unique opportunity to help businesses reach their full potential.  
HIE COMMITS FURTHER 12MILLION TO NORTH HIGHLAND REGENERATION
HIGHLANDS and Islands Enterprise (HIE) today announced it is to invest an extra 12million in Caithness and Sutherland.   The extra funding, a 50 per cent increase on the current budget allocation for the area, will be used over the next three years to help address the considerable challenges posed to the area's economy by the decommissioning of Dounreay nuclear plant.  
CASE Approvals List - August 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
CASE Approvals List - September 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Unemployment Digest For August 2006Thumbnail for article : Unemployment Digest For August 2006
SUMMARY The August 2006 unemployment figures were released on 13th September 2006.  During the month, July 2006 to August 2006, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Great Britain fell by 0.3%, from 932,191 to 929,498 (2,693 claimants).  
LearningWorks Gives Advice On Migrant Workers
The issues surrounding the employment of migrant workers are the subject of this month's Hot Topic on LearningWorks, the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) website dedicated to online training and learning.   LearningWorks explores the key issues employers should be aware of when employing migrant workers, with links to new information about work permits and the workers registration team.  
Indiepreneur - Opportunity For Creative Contract
Those looking to start their own business in the creative industries are being given a unique opportunity to take advantage of contracts available from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The Indiepreneur programme has two contracts available for new, recent or upcoming businesses involved in the creative industries across the Highlands and Islands.  
Funding Secured For Seafood Market DevelopmentThumbnail for article : Funding Secured For Seafood Market Development
ENTERPRISE funding has been secured to enable a range of Seafood Scotland (SFS) market development services to continue to be delivered to the Highlands and Islands seafood sector.   The 57,000 financial package from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) will provide funding towards the costs incurred by SFS in the Highlands and Islands over the next two years and builds on the success of a previous package of assistance.  
Help For Businesses To Unlock Their Intellectual Assets
Companies in the Highlands and Islands who are interested in exploring new ways of maximising their business opportunities now have the opportunity to take part in an innovative new programme.   Supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the Intellectual Assets Management company development programme aims to help businesses to harness untapped value to help unleash their potential.  
Meeting Programme Will Be "Food and Drink" To Suppliers
FOOD and drink producers in the Highlands and Islands are invited to come along to the Inverness Caledonian Thistle stadium on September 26 to learn some valuable advice on developing their business operation.   The event, featuring a number of leading speakers, is the first in a new programme of meetings organised by the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Forum.  
Youth Challenge 2007 launched
The hunt has begun to find the Highlands and Islands' answer to Richard Branson.   The ICT Hothouse Youth Challenge 2007 is looking for young entrepreneurs with bright ideas.  
CASE Approvals List - July 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Latest Unemployment FiguresThumbnail for article : Latest Unemployment Figures
SUMMARY The July 2006 unemployment figures were released on 16th August 2006.  During the month, June 2006 to July 2006, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Great Britain rose by 0.7%, from 925,466 to 932,191 (6,725 claimants).  
Exam Results Helpline to Open in August
As young people across the Highlands and Islands anxiously await their exam results, Careers Scotland is urging pupils to remain calm and take advantage of the Exam Results Helpline.   Exam results will be posted throughout Scotland in August, and experts from Careers Scotland will be on standby to reassure callers and provide impartial advice.  
New Look For Highlands' Largest B2B ExhibitionThumbnail for article : New Look For Highlands' Largest B2B Exhibition
This year's Highland Spotlight exhibition sees some exciting changes to the format.   Not only is there a new date - Tuesday 5 September 2006 - but there are also new features in the form of the Young Business Zone and the NSIG Energy Zone, adding to the already successful Fusion IT Zone.  
North Firm Wins 8M Contract From HIE
NORTH-based consultants Development Partners Ltd has won an 8m contract from Highlands and Islands Enterprise to manage the supply of advice to organisations over the next three-and-a-half-years.   The use of supply partnering for advice provision was introduced in 2003 and its success has led to another round of tendering for the next three-and-a-half year period.  
Highlands And Islands Enterprise Seeks Help From Local Firms
Businesses and community organisations in the Highlands and Islands are being asked to help demonstrate that European Union funding has been properly invested.   The Highlands and Islands Enterprise network (HIE) is compiling evidence to show in detail the good use put to funding distributed under the EU's six-year Highlands and Islands Special Transitional Programme (HISTP).  
Graduate Your Business
Does your business have a project or development you never have time to undertake? Do you want to take advantage of up to date knowledge, enthusiasm and drive? If the answer is yes, the Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) Graduate Placement Programme could be just what you're looking for.   CASE is offering a limited number of places to businesses in the Caithness and Sutherland area.  
Caithness And Sutherland Enterprise Approvals - June 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
A9 Is Putting Brake On Development Say Firms
OVER 60 per cent of businesses surveyed in the Highlands and Central Belt want the A9 road to be fully dualled between Inverness and Perth, according to a report commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The survey was carried out as part of a broad ranging research programme by HIE to determine the future transport investment priorities for the region - identifying the options that will best support long-term economic development.