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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.
The First Minster is to ask the Scottish Government Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes, to have direct discussion with the insurance sector about companies who are "wriggling out of their obligations" to Scottish businesses. Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, asked Nicola Sturgeon today at First Minister's Questions about the problems firms were having claiming their business interruption insurance.
Six community projects are to benefit from over £85k of funding following the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund's latest grant awards. CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said "Our latest grant awards helps to support a wide range of projects including initiatives that focus on delivering social improvements.
Scottish Chambers of Commerce reacts to mixed results of Holyrood rates vote. Whilst welcoming the Scottish Parliament's decision to retain the Uniform Business Rate, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has urged the Scottish Parliament to reconsider what it believes is a major barrier to a more flexible, responsive rates system outside of the revaluation cycle following voting on the Non Domestic Rates Bill (Scotland) today.
Scottish Provincial Press, one of Scotland's largest publishers of local newspapers is under new ownership after briefly going into administration. Administrators were called in by Scottish Provincial Press (SPP) on Tuesday morning.
Pentland Housing Association has decided to transfer to Cairn Housing Association following a strategic review. Tenants, staff and board members were all involved in the review which was set up to plan for the future of the Association and how it provides homes and services to tenants and other customers.
North Highland College UHI and Developing the Young Workforce North Highland (DYW) initiative, led by Caithness Chamber of Commerce, have signed a partnership agreement to formalise their new initiative, The Apprenticeship Hub. The initiative aims to create a collaborative approach between North Highland College UHI and Developing the Young Workforce North Highland to support growth in the apprenticeship family to benefit the Caithness and Sutherland economy.
Don't Lose Out On Potential Contracts In Coming Months. Help for contractors in Caithness and Sutherland with registration on the Public Contracts Scotland portal and their completion of the Highland Council's Trade Services Framework Agreement.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC EXHIBITION FOR PROPOSED WINDFARM DEVELOPMENT FORSS BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY PARK. Abbey Properties and Abbey Ecosse are exploring the potential for a wind farm of up to 5 turbines as an extension to the existing 6 turbines at the Forss Business & Technology Park approximately 7km west of Scrabster on the north coast of Caithness.
The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund has committed over £70k to six community projects in its latest round of grant awards. CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said "This latest investment supports improvements to recreational amenities and events in Caithness & North Sutherland, helping to ensure that people living and visiting our area can enjoy a high standard of leisure activities.