The Highland Council has secured match funding from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver a growth fund of £1.4m for new and established Highland businesses. The money will be administered by the Council's enterprise trust Highland Opportunity to part fund its Highland Business Growth Fund which provides support targeted at existing businesses operating in the priority sectors of Tourism and Culture, Energy, Food and Drink, Life and other Sciences and the Creative Industries, together with new start ups.
Caithness General Hospital in Wick has developed new services for Stroke patients in the north and is one of the first Rural General Hospital's in Scotland to be offering these treatments. The first of these services, the Novel Rapid Access Neurovascular (TIA) service will start up at the hospital on Thursday 2nd April.
Clubs, groups, organisations and societies in the Highlands can now register on The Highland Council's new free community information website www.high-societies.org that was launched on Monday 30th March 2009 at Dingwall Library. Developed by the Council's library service, High-Societies is designed to signpost members of the public to essential contact information for not-for-profit organisations and to their existing websites where appropriate.
A £60 million scheme offering a route into home ownership for first time buyers starts today. The Open Market Shared Equity Pilot scheme is being expanded from 10 council areas to the whole of Scotland.
Consumers warned "Be on your guard" by Highland Council Trading Standards Highland Council Trading Standards are asking members of the public to be vigilant following recent report about a double glazing doorstep selling firm operating in the Inverness area. On Friday, last week, Highland Council Trading Standards and Northern Constabulary visited a concerned consumer's home after receiving her call regarding selling practices of a double glazing firm.
Today the Commons Delegated Legislative Committee will review Government proposals to double the stake and the prize money for pub gambling machines. For the first time ever, this would increase the levels of prize money available to casual gamblers to above the level of weekly benefits.
Tomorrow (Wednesday 1st April) sees the launch of this years National Spring Clean month. This event, organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful, encourages groups of volunteers who have an interest in their locality to get out and undertake a spring clean.
April is designated National Spring Clean month and The Highland Council is encouraging groups to take up a special offer and have pride in their area. Local Education and Enforcement Officer James Sanderson has offered to loan out equipment including litter pickers & gloves and provide bin bags for any residents, community groups or schools who wish to organise a litter clean up in their area.
Enquiries Rise At Engineering Council UK as recession tightens job market. The Engineering Council UK (ECUK) has recently noticed a marked increase in the number of engineering professionals enquiring about registration for Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Engineering Technician (EngTech) status.
Lochaber High School and a local dyslexia charity have joined forces to create an on-line bank of audio revision materials for pupils. Believed to be a first for Scotland, this venture blends the latest technologies with traditional methods effectively delivering revision opportunities across the curriculum.
The credit crunch may be biting but Highland Council has cash grants available to assist with home improvements. Home improvement and repairs grants are available to help people living in owner-occupied or privately rented housing to meet the costs of having their homes improved, repaired or adapted.
Calling all Early Birds - get your discounted tickets for this unique event - the Scotland's Global Impact conference. Organisers of the flagship Homecoming Scotland event, Scotland's Global Impact - how one small nation changed the world! Buaidh Chruinneil na h-Alba - mar a dh'atharraich aon dłthaich bheag an saoghal! are calling everyone interested in our nation's history to take advantage of the fantastic Early Bird discount announced today for this international conference celebrating Scotland's Year of Homecoming.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (March, 25th) sold 3,355 store lambs, breeding & feeding sheep. Lambs (1,706) averaged £52.60 and sold to £93 gross for Beltex crosses from Upperton, Glenurquhart.
Since the launch of the Highland LEADER Programme in excess of £400,000 of funding has already been allocated to 27 successful local projects and plans across the Highlands. Thanks to funding of £3,280 from both the Skye, and the Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh LEADER Area Partnerships the Skye & Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations is now able to organise, deliver and evaluate a capacity building event aimed at benefiting community groups in Skye and Wester Ross.
A new partnership agreement between The Highland Council and VisitScotland for 2009/10 could see the Council contributing up to £445,000 to be used to promote the Highlands as a top tourism destination. Last May Members agreed to support a review of the existing agreement with VisitScotland and although the final report will not be available until the end of the Month at last week's Planning, Environment and Development Committee the Council confirmed its commitment to develop Highland Tourism in partnership with the business sector, VisitScotland, EventScotland and HIE.
Consulting engineers Cruden Associates are carrying out a structural survey of the 16th century Dounreay Castle. The castle, which forms part of the estate inherited by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, is in a ruinous condition.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 24th) sold 82 prime cattle. Prime bullocks (51) averaged 163.9p (+2.1p) and sold to 184p per kg and £1,217.20 gross.
Two senior social care workers at Highland Council's Bayview House Resource Centre in Thurso have recently successfully completed a training course to develop their skills in palliative care with older people and older people with dementia. The course which was titled 'Beyond Barriers' was a project funded by the Scottish Government, and run in partnership with the Care Commission and Alzheimer Scotland.
Approval for the construction of Dounreay's low level waste disposal facility has secured £4M for a community fund package. A working group, set up by the Dounreay Stakeholder Group (DSG), has helped to pave the way to secure the funding which is envisaged will be used to develop social infrastructure project in the Dounreay Travel to Work area.
Research by Highland Council lighting experts has shown that potential energy savings could be achieved over time by converting street lighting in the Highlands from existing sodium lanterns to white light lanterns with dimming facilities. A desk top exercise was carried out by the Council's TEC Services on a typical residential housing area with 160, 6 metre high lighting columns fitted with 100w high pressure sodium lanterns.