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Meat Industry Recognises Mey Selections As The BestThumbnail for article : Meat Industry Recognises Mey Selections As The Best
4 December 2006: The Mey Selections winning team scooped the Best New Beef Product Award for their recently launched Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Mey Selections Meatballs.   At an awards dinner and presentation ceremony at London's Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, the prize was accepted by Anna Grundy and Amy Brech (Product Development) from Sainsburys, Dermot Slade, Development Chef at Dunbia, and John Strak, Managing Director of North Highland Products Ltd.  
The Return Of The Traditional Winter PuddingThumbnail for article : The Return Of The Traditional Winter Pudding
On a cold winter night a delicious hot pudding is the perfect warmer, however health fads and media pressure can push the pudding to the back of the freezer drawer or cupboard.  Well no more! Traditional delights such as Syrup Sponge and Sticky Toffee Pudding have reclaimed their crown - even replacing Christmas Puddings in popularity for the festive season, showing that the great British Pudding is back with a vengeance! Would you like to try a pudding that celebrates luxury and pleasure and encourages the nation to indulge itself and enjoy a well-earned treat.  
Climate Change - Are We Leaving It To Luck?
Scotland is in danger of relying on luck to solve environmental challenges.  This stark message comes from leading academic Professor Mike Hulme of the internationally recognised Tyndall Centre on Climate Change Research.  
Caithness Flagstone Helps Royal Bank Headquarters Win National AwardThumbnail for article : Caithness Flagstone Helps Royal Bank Headquarters Win National Award
A new headquarters that provides a world-class working environment and creates a business campus positioning it as an employer of choice, has won a prestigious national building award for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Gogarburn, Edinburgh.   Designed by Edinburgh-based architectural firm, Michael Laird Architects, the new building and 100-acre site has won the top award for a new modern building with non-load bearing stone in this year's Natural Stone Awards.  
Davidson Review of the implementation of EU legislation final report
MOT Tests Could Be Reduced Lord Davidson QC today published his final report on the implementation of European legislation in the UK.  It proposes action to cut the burden of regulation particularly in the areas of consumer sales, financial services, transport and waste - creating an estimated 670 million saving to business and consumers.  
Penalties Review - Rogue Businesses Should Redress The Harm They Cause
A review of the penalties for regulatory non-compliance lead by Professor Richard Macrory published its final report today.  The report 'Regulatory Justice: Making Sanctions Effective' found that reliance on criminal prosecution failed to give regulators adequate means to effectively deal with many cases in a proportionate and risk based way.  
Contractors Supplier Event 29 November 2006
CONTRACTORS SUPPLIER EVENT 4 pm 29 NOVEMBER 2006 Pentland Hotel Thurso Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise is hosting a supplier event in the Pentland Hotel Thurso on 29 November at 4pm to provide information to local companies on current business opportunities.   Presentations will be made by:- Dan Mistry of UKAEA Culham who will provide information on the prospects and opportunities for locally based businesses arising from the construction and commissioning of ITER at Caderache in France.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 15
UKAEA ANNOUNCES SEABED CLEAN-UP TRIALS UKAEA on November 21 announced plans to undertake trials of remotely-operated technology that could be used to remove substantial numbers of particles from the seabed at Dounreay.  A notice placed in the Official Journal of the European Union seeks expressions of interest from companies capable of detecting and removing fragments of irradiated nuclear fuel known to be buried in the offshore sediment near the site's old effluent discharge outlet.  
Dounreay Announces Plans To Begin Seabed Clean-up Trials
UKAEA has announced plans to undertake trials of remotely operated technology that could be used to remove substantial numbers of particles from the seabed at Dounreay.   A notice placed in the Official Journal of the European Union seeks expressions of interest from companies capable of detecting and removing fragments of irradiated nuclear fuel known to be buried in the offshore sediment near the site's old effluent discharge outlet.  
Local Photographer John Baikie Receives Top QualificationThumbnail for article : Local Photographer John Baikie Receives Top Qualification
Thurso based wedding photographer John Baikie has achieved another important qualification within the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers.  Only 6 months after successfully achieving Licentiate level, John submitted a panel for the next level Associateship, and found out this week that he had been successful.  
Project Manager Sought For Proposed Nuclear Skills Academy Scotland
A project manager is being recruited to take forward proposals for a Nuclear Skills Academy Scotland.   The proposed skills academy is being drawn up in partnership between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise, North Highland College UHI Millennium Institute and UKAEA Dounreay, which are jointly funding the project manager role.  
Hearing Damage Threat To Call Centre Staff
Glasgow, the UK's call centre capital, to host conference Increasing numbers of injuries and illness, and subsequent damages claims, caused by acoustic shock and other noise related hazards are to be discussed by leading experts at the second Acoustic Safety Conference at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on November 27 and 28.   Delia Henry, the director of the Royal National Institute for the Deaf in Scotland, will tell the conference about the dangers to call centre staff in Scotland, and the resulting threat to call centres and the Scottish economy.  
Another Big Heat And Power Plant For Highland
A PROPOSAL to create a 24million Combined Heat and Power plant at Invergordon has won wholehearted support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) with its board agreeing to a 5.5million contribution to the project.   Northern Ireland-based company Balcas Ltd plans to develop its operation on the former Alcan smelter site at the Cromarty Industrial Park.  
Asbestos Removal - New Regulations Seminars
In light of the new changes to the Control of Asbestos Regulations, which came into effect on 13 November, Rhodar - one of the leading HSE licensed removal contractors - and a team of asbestos industry experts will be running a series of free informative seminars, from 21 to 30 November 2006, at key venues across the UK, addressing the impact of these changes.   The seminars will: Address the impact of these critical new changes Highlight how they will affect facilities and estate managers, building owners and construction professionals Provide best practice advice on how to comply.  
Planning For Expansion Inverness And Nairn
Preferred Options for A96 Corridor At the Planning and Development Committee on Wednesday 15th November Highland councillors gave their approval to the preferred Framework Plans for Nairn and East Inverness which will see a notable rise in the future population in these areas as well as an increase in economic growth and community amenities.   The choice of the preferred plans follows the analysis of responses gathered during a period of public consultation which drew a high level of interest and response from members of the public as well as other agencies and stakeholders.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 14
LOOKING AT THE FINAL SITE OPTIONS On behalf of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group, UKAEA has published a consultation document detailing the feasible options for the condition of the site when decommissioning is complete.  While a final decision on the future use of the land does not need to be made for a number of years community views are being sought now to allow the NDA and its contractor UKAEA to finalise their plans for decommissioning the site with greater certainty.  
HIE Approves Funding for Biggest Community Land Sale In History
HIGHLANDS and Islands Enterprise (HIE) today agreed to contribute 2million to the purchase of 92,000acre South Uist Estate by its residents - the biggest community land purchase in Scottish history.   The decision secures a 2million contribution to the 4.5million purchase approved by the BIG Lottery Fund's Growing Community Assets Fund last week.  
The Freight Transport Association warns van operators that the requirement for speed limiters to be progressively made operational on vehicles down to 3,501kg gvw has been on-going since 1 January 2005 and will be complete on 1 January 2008.   1 January 2007 is an important date in this programme.  
HIE On Course To Meet Annual Targets
The Highlands and Islands Enterprise network (HIE) is on budget and in line to meet or exceed most of its annual performance targets, according to its half-year results announced on Tuesday 14 November.   In light of the considerable headway already made in two key areas of its activities, HIE board members have agreed to increase targets for the number of new business start-ups in the region and of assistance given to strengthening community groups.  
British Small Business Champions 2007 launched
Nominations are now invited for the 2007 British Small Business Champions awards (BSBC).   They are the only national awards exclusively for small businesses and their aim is very simple - to celebrate the achievements of and give recognition to UK small businesses.