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15/1/2019
Boundary Commission Reviews 6 Council Areas With Islands
On 14 January 2019 the Commission announced the commencement of its reviews of electoral arrangements for the six council areas specified in the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018.   These are Argyll and Bute Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland Council, North Ayrshire Council, Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council.  
15/1/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 15 January 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (January, 15th) sold 13 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (5) averaged 206.4p (-5.2p) and sold to 210.0p per kg and £1,396.50 gross.  
15/1/2019
Helping Businesses Grow And Thrive
Additional £100m to be provided through the Scottish Growth Scheme.   Businesses will be able to access more than £100 million to help them expand and unlock investment through the next phase of the Scottish Growth Scheme.  
NDA Draft Business Plan 2019 - 2022 - A Chance To Make CommentsThumbnail for article : NDA Draft Business Plan 2019 - 2022 - A Chance To Make Comments
Introduction to the Consultation How to respond In this consultation, the NDA wants to hear from members of the public, nuclear regulators, employees within our businesses, trade unions, local authorities, Site Stakeholder Groups, Non-Governmental Organisations and any other organisation or public body.  In your response please state whether you are responding as an individual or representing the views of an organisation.  
12/1/2019
Video-consulting NHS Near Me Reducing Travel For Patients
Patients at two more Highland hospitals will be able to attend out-patient appointments closer to home thanks to the set-up of special staffed clinics using the latest video-consulting technology.   The NHS Near Me service at the Portree Hospital on Skye opened on Wednesday 19th December 2018 and another clinic based at the Lawson Memorial Hospital in Golspie, Sutherland, went live this week (Wednesday 9th January 2019).  
11/1/2019
Berriedale New Route Map - To Start By Spring 2019Thumbnail for article : Berriedale New Route Map  - To Start By Spring 2019
The map shows the new and present route.   The new route will swing round the other side of the cemetery.  
11/1/2019
A9 Berriedale Braes Milestone As Contract AwardedThumbnail for article : A9 Berriedale Braes Milestone As Contract Awarded
Transport Scotland has today announced that R J MacLeod Ltd has been awarded the construction contract as part of the £9.6 million project to deliver improvements to the road alignment and the existing tight hairpin bend on the A9.   Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity said:"This is a particularly challenging stretch of the A9 to navigate and this investment will improve road safety as well as minimise the need for vehicles to slow down or stop to negotiate the bend.  
Man arrested in connection with "bogus workman" offences
Police in Lochaber can confirm that a 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with alleged consumer protection offences in Fort William.   It follows an investigation by Police Scotland and Highland Council Trading Standards, after a report was received this week of "bogus workmen" in Fort William and alleged fraudulent activity relating to charges for work carried out on a house in the town.  
11/1/2019
Completion of Caithness-Moray transmission linkThumbnail for article : Completion of Caithness-Moray transmission link
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission (SSEN Transmission), the wholly-owned subsidiary of SSE plc, has completed the construction, commissioning and energisation of the new Caithness-Moray electricity transmission link.   Caithness-Moray is the largest single investment ever undertaken by the SSE Group and represents the most significant investment in the north of Scotland electricity transmission system since the 1950s.  
11/1/2019
Treating Everyone With Dignity And Respect - Scottish Social SecurityThumbnail for article : Treating Everyone With Dignity And Respect - Scottish Social Security
Social security charter laid for the approval of the Scottish Parliament.   People engaging with Scotland's new social security system will be treated with dignity and respect, Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has pledged.  
11/1/2019
Average UK rental values continue to grow
RENTAL PRICES SUGGESTS RESILIENT SECTOR IN SCOTLAND DURING TIMES OF ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY.   THE average UK rental values continued to grow towards the end of 2018, according to the latest data from HomeLet, with December showing a continuation of the steady rise seen throughout the year.  
11/1/2019
Less Favoured Areas Scheme
A commitment to maintaining Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) funding at least at 80% in 2020 has been reiterated by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.   Following changes to EU law, industry bodies and key influencers were consulted on whether to move away from LFASS towards an Area of Natural Constraint scheme and the response was not to do so.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Energy & Business Services: It was good to meet this week with a large company seeking to grow its presence in Caithness, and good to be able to provide some productive links with initiatives that HIE is already supporting and which might help further attract its interest.  We are fortunate in having a number of opportunities in the north in the engineering/ energy sectors and I'm particularly keen to help where there are clear opportunities to use innovation as a means of bringing more international trade opportunities to the area.  
Firms Secure £7.7m To Develop Wave Energy MachinesThumbnail for article : Firms Secure £7.7m To Develop Wave Energy Machines
Two new Scottish wave energy devices will take to the sea in 2020 following the award of £7.7 million from Wave Energy Scotland.   Both winning firms - Edinburgh-based Mocean Energy and AWS Ocean Energy from Inverness - will use the funds to build half-scale wave energy machines and test them in real ocean conditions at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.  
10/1/2019
Animal Welfare Improved - Mandatory CCTV In Abattoirs
Legislation is to be brought forward this year requiring abattoirs to record on CCTV all areas where live animals are present.   This is intended to ensure the highest standards of animal welfare in abattoirs, by helping those responsible for enforcing welfare legislation.  
Creating a competitive advantage in the Highlands and IslandsThumbnail for article : Creating a competitive advantage in the Highlands and Islands
This February, Highlands and Islands entrepreneurs can learn how to create and sustain a competitive advantage at a workshop delivered by a leading expert in the field.   Eleanor has more than 25 years' experience in delivering entrepreneurship education across the globe.  
Procurement At Dounreay Information About How To Work With Dounreay As A Supplier.Thumbnail for article : Procurement At Dounreay Information About How To Work With Dounreay As A Supplier.
Information on working with Dounreay and the supply chain was recently updated and is updated now on a monthly basis.   If your company is interested in working with Dounreay then check the details at - https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/dounreay/about/procurement.  
Dounreay To Hold Emergency Exercise On 17 January 2019Thumbnail for article : Dounreay To Hold Emergency Exercise On 17 January 2019
An emergency exercise will take place at Dounreay on the morning of Thursday 17 January.  The site alert will be sounded to initiate the exercise.  
9/1/2019
Highland Council Analysis Shows £31 Million Budget Gap For 2019/20
DETAILED analysis of the Scottish Government's funding settlement, which makes up the vast proportion of the Council's budget, has been carried out and the net result is that the Highland Council will see a reduction in its grant funding to provide the current level of services.  This, together with the additional pressures equates to a £31.2M budget gap for 2019-20.  
9/1/2019
Cashless Payments On The Rise: The UK Generated Over £94 Trillion With Contactless PaymentsThumbnail for article : Cashless Payments On The Rise: The UK Generated Over £94 Trillion With Contactless Payments
UK, Germany & France: Top 10 EU Leaders Capitalising on Contactless Payments.   UK ranks higher than all other EU nations for cashless payments with €106.7 trillion combined revenue last year.