Highlands And Islands Enterprise - Latest Covid19 Guidance
20th March 2020
We would like to reassure you that HIE is doing all it can to gather information and work with Scottish Government to ensure that the appropriate support is reaching our communities and local economy.
We hope to soon have more detail about how to access the recently announced Scottish Government grants to help communities affected by Covid19
You will have seen new headlines emerging daily at a national and UK level with proposed measures to help individuals, businesses and communities. As detail becomes available, we will endeavour to keep you informed, and continue to identify obvious gaps to feedback to partners and government.
In the meantime we can sign-post you to the following key websites and suggest you visit these on a regular basis:
Our own website will be updated on a regular basis coupled with information updates through social media platforms
Senscot have set up a helpful website for Covid19 resources https://senscot.net/covid-19-resources/
Here are some key sector links:
Creative Industries and Heritage: XpoNorth and Creative Scotland
Tourism - Visit Scotland and STA
Federation of Small Businesses:
Our Strengthening Communities team are currently working from home without difficulty so please keep in touch and contact us on any of these landline numbers or email:
Angela Simpson 01463 383026
Martin Thomsen 01463 383176
Karina Ross 01463 575264 (Tuesday to Thursday)
We will be in touch as soon as we have more detail about support available to communities and social enterprises.
Until then, do take care
Head of Strengthening Communities - Caithness & Sutherland
DD: +44 (0)1463 383026 | Mob: +44 (0)7768 054 705| Reception: +44 (0)1463 383021
18 MARCH - LATEST NEWS FOR COMMUNITIES: https://www.gov.scot/news/helping-communities-affected-by-covid-19/
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ADVICE FOR BUSINESSES COVID 19
The first orbital spaceflight from the United Kingdom has come a step closer following the Highland Council's decision to give the go-ahead for the Space Hub Sutherland spaceport. Orbex, the UK-based space launch company, has confirmed that Orbex Prime will be the first vertical launch vehicle to fly into orbit from the Space Hub, which will be constructed near Melness on the northern coast of Scotland.
The proposed 2700m² facility is a joint project between Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the University of the Highlands and Islands. Designed by multi-disciplinary design firm Austin-Smith: Lord, it aims to build on the successes of the Centre for Health Science in the grounds of Raigmore Hospital.
The chair of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has welcomed the recommendations of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery. Alistair Dodds said the report underlined the potential of rural regions to make a strong contribution Scotland's economic recovery.
The public body responsible for Cairngorm Mountain acted appropriately when selecting a private company to manage the resort, but tough decisions on its future are now required. Cairngorm Mountain Limited (CML), which operated the mountain's winter sports and leisure activities, went into administration in 2018 following the closure of the funicular railway due to structural problems.
Innovation is fundamental to business growth and diversification. It is also absolutely essential in Scotland's economic recovery as we emerge from the impacts of COVID-19.
Eleven community organisations in the Highlands and Islands have been awarded a total of £1.5m to develop and deliver long-term solutions to tackle poverty based on local priorities and needs The Aspiring Communities Fund, which levers in European Social Funds, was launched by the Scottish Government in 2017 to help reduce poverty and enable inclusive growth in disadvantaged and fragile communities across Scotland. Regional development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), helped community organisations in the region to apply to this recent round of funding.
Fibre communications infrastructure firm, CityFibre, is due on site this week to resume connection works at its fibre hub based on the Campus. NHS Highland is set to begin ground works in preparation for a major development over three plots.
The 48-hour challenge was aimed at 18-30-year olds from the north Atlantic region (Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Coastal Norway and Scotland). Their task was to come up with ideas and develop solutions to save communities, save businesses and save lives during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis.
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands looking to boost their productivity and competitiveness through Internet of Things (IoT) technology, are being offered the chance to hear from industry experts. Internet of Things technology enables devices, such as everyday objects, machinery and systems to connect to the internet.
The Tune into Tourism team recognise that the last few months will undoubtedly have been the most difficult experienced to date as a tourism business owner. We are concerned not only for the welfare of each and every business, but also their owners and operators.