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New River Nairn crossing at White Bridge begins to take shapeThumbnail for article : New River Nairn crossing at White Bridge begins to take shape
Work is progressing well on the realignment of the B9090 at the White Bridge scheme and new crossing.   Construction of the abutments for the new crossing beams is complete and the beams were successfully placed this week on Monday 21st January.  
43,000 Breakdowns Expected As Ice and Snow Descends On The UKThumbnail for article : 43,000 Breakdowns Expected As Ice and Snow Descends On The UK
No Snow in Caithness today but read on - - As the Met Office issues a nationwide alert for icy conditions and wintry showers over the next twenty four hours, breakdown cover provider Green Flag predicts 43,000 incidents, including 11,481 battery-related issues on UK roads over Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd January 2019.   Forecasters are predicting showers bringing rain, hail sleet or snow showers on Tuesday evening, followed by a widespread frost with icy patches across much of the country that will continue into Wednesday.  
UK Employment Total At Record LevelsThumbnail for article : UK Employment Total At Record Levels
The number of people in work in the UK has reached a record level of 32.54 million according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.   Unemployment was flat, with a small increase of 8,000 between September and November for a total of 1.37 million.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 22 January 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (January, 22nd) sold 17 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (1) averaged 211.0p (+4.6p) and sold to 211.0p per kg and £1,234.35 gross.  
Council To Discuss - Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016: Rent Pressure Zones
A paper for discussion by the council at the Care Learning and Housing committee on 24th January 2019 may be of interest to both landlords and tenants.   The first sections of the paper are reproduced here - The Highland Council meeting in October 2017 agreed that the Council should examine the feasibility of applying for a Rent Pressure Zone for Inverness and anyother community in Highland facing similarly expensive rents.  
Live Broadcasts at World Economic Forum
Until 25 January each day there will be live lectures and discussions.   Go to See more at  
What Scotland Gets From the EU - What Will Replace it after Brexit?
No one yet knows what the full impact of leaving the EU will be but there will be many consequences depending Deal or no Deal and much more.   Here are a few points on what happens now.  
World Economic Outlook Update, January 2019Thumbnail for article : World Economic Outlook Update, January 2019
Latest outlook from the International Monetary Fund.   A Weakening Global Expansion he global expansion has weakened.  
Council House Rents To Rise for 2019/20
The Care Learning and Housing committee will consider a 3% rise in council rents at its meeting on Thursday 24th January in Inverness.   If approved there it will be passed to local area committees for a final approval.  
How To Wreck Your Business.....Thumbnail for article : How To Wreck Your Business.....
A series of seminars in Inverness from Royal Bank of Scotland.   Location Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel Inverness, 20 Ness Bank, Inverness, IV2 4SF.  
DIT 'Exporting is GREAT' free webinarThumbnail for article : DIT 'Exporting is GREAT' free webinar
DIT 'Exporting is GREAT' free webinar: ParcelHero Reveals the Secrets of Getting Your Goods to Overseas Customers SME retailers and manufacturers can find out everything they need to know about shipping products to new markets by joining the Department for International Trade (DIT) #Exporting is GREAT free webinar.  It's being staged in partnership with the online parcel broker ParcelHero, experts in international deliveries.  
Brexit - Risks Of Higher Consumer Prices, Loss Of Labour And EU Funding.Thumbnail for article : Brexit - Risks Of Higher Consumer Prices, Loss Of Labour And EU Funding.
A new report has been released outlining the extent of concern amongst Scottish businesses over Brexit.   EY consulted over 80 businesses and trade associations in Scotland - and every organisation said that Brexit-related uncertainty was a major concern with businesses highlighting risks to competitiveness, profitability and, in some cases, their viability.  
The Gains From Economic Integration: The EU Has Still A Long Way To Go
Blog on Fraser of Allander Institute - January 18, 2019 David Comerford, Chancellor's Fellow, Fraser of Allander Institute, Department of Economics, University of Strathclyde Sevi Rodriguez Mora, Professor of Economics, University of Edinburgh; CEPR Research Fellow.   Summary Populists in Europe are contesting the perceived benefits of economic integration between countries.  
World Economic Forum Meeting In DavosThumbnail for article : World Economic Forum Meeting In Davos
The world economic forum has begun in Davos.   Several leaders of large nations will not be present this year.  
Rail Strike Action Ongoing In JanuaryThumbnail for article : Rail Strike Action Ongoing In January
Rails strike action is affecting many services in Scotland.   Check carefully before you travel.  
Supporting young people into jobs
Views are being sought on the detail of a new benefit that aims to help young people with the costs associated with the transition into the workplace.   The proposed Job Grant consists of a one-off cash payment of £250, or £400 for a young person with children, which will be available to those between 16-24 who were out of paid work for six months prior to finding employment.  
Rise in European visitors
Number of visitors and tourism spend continue to increase.   The number of overseas visitors from Europe increased sharply by 22% in the 12 months to the end of September 2018, according to official statistics released today.  
Highland Council New approach in budget setting
The council is taking a new approach in preparing the budget from 2019-22.   In recent weeks, the Chief Executive, Donna Manson, Budget Leader Cllr Alister Mackinnon and other senior councillors and officers have been out talking with staff, groups and communities across the Highlands in over 50 engagement sessions.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 14th January 2019 Enabling activities: Last week's meeting of the North Coast 500 Working Group heard about the imminent launch of the Scottish Government's Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund.  The £5M Fund is being administered by Scottish Natural Heritage, and is open to organisations in the Highlands and Islands.