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
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The Barr River hydropower scheme was completed in July 2021 on a site deep in the forest, 11 miles from the village of Lochaline. Today will also mark the opening of two further community-developed facilities - a community hub and new housing.
Entries are now open for the 2022 University of the Highlands and Islands business competition. Budding entrepreneurs with a business idea are invited to apply, with £8000 in prize money up for grabs.
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Sinclair Breweries, which operates the Orkney Brewery, is investing £300,000 to expand the kitchen in the brewery's visitor centre, install an on-site kegging plant and set up an improved temperature control system. A contribution of up to £99,000 has been secured from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
Destination Net Zero will provide support to tourism businesses and destinations as they transition to a greener, more sustainable future. A key strand in the Scottish Government's COVID-19 Tourism Recovery Programme, the initiative includes the creation of a website offering practical advice for businesses when moving to low-carbon, an awareness-raising programme promoting net zero as good business and funding support, due to be announced later this year, for up to 250 businesses and at least two destinations to invest in carbon reduction activity.
Businesses in rural areas across Scotland are being encouraged to take part in a new Rural Business Panel survey, which gets underway this week. More than 2,700 firms are to be contacted for their views on topics such as economic confidence, business performance and optimism, as well as current concerns such as financing, increased costs, supply chain issues and labour challenges.
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A new report launched (Wednesday 29th September 2021), commissioned by Caithness Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership, demonstrates the economic benefits that Space Hub Sutherland will bring to the North Highland and Moray areas. Space Hub Sutherland - a new satellite launch site - will bring huge employment and tourism benefits to the Scottish Highlands.
Community representatives from across Scotland are taking part in an online programme to help shape the future of local tourism destination management. The three-month online Communities Leading in Tourism course, which starts on Tuesday 28 September 2021, is designed to boost tourism sector expertise and destination leadership skills.