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New Website Provides One-stop Shop For Postal Surcharge ConcernsThumbnail for article : New Website Provides One-stop Shop For Postal Surcharge Concerns
The issue of parcel surcharging has long been a bone of contention for many internet shoppers.   However, consumers across the United Kingdom, and especially those living in Northern Ireland and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are now set to benefit from the launch of a new website which provides a one stop shop to acknowledge these concerns, which include:.  
A Craft Gin 2000 Years in the Making!Thumbnail for article : A Craft Gin 2000 Years in the Making!
Unique Caithness collaboration will delight both archaeology and gin enthusiasts.   Archaeology and craft gin may seem like worlds apart, but two entrepreneurial companies from the far north of Scotland have teamed up to create a special craft gin, inspired by the prehistoric landscape of Caithness.  
Caithness Councillor Steps Down From North Planning Review Body
Councillor Struan Mackie (Thurso and Caithness West - Ward 2) has stepped down from the North Planning review body citing pressure of work as the reason.   No replacement has yet been announced.  
New findings reinforce benefits of renting to families
Homes rented to families take up less management time for landlords.   Homes rented to benefit recipients and migrant workers can take up to six hours more management time per week.  
Sailing To Success With Serco Northlink FerriesThumbnail for article : Sailing To Success With Serco Northlink Ferries
Serco NorthLink Ferries is proud to support local producers from the Northern Isles as they prepare for this year's Highland Show.   In partnership with producers from Orkney, the Serco NorthLink lifeline ferry transported cheese, baked items, oatcakes, ice creams and of course rum and gin, that will be proudly showcased at the show.  
Less Favoured Area Support Scheme Update
2019 support scheme outlined.   Hill farmers and crofters in Scotland's most remote and rural areas will continue to receive support under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) into 2019.  
New community land management scheme launched
Crown Estate Scotland has opened up coastline, seabed and rural estates for local management under a new scheme launched on (20 June 2018).   The Local Pilots Scheme enables community bodies and local authorities to take on land and property to test new and innovative ways of sustainable development.  
Raising A Tobacco-free Generation
Further actions to stop young people taking up smoking and raise a tobacco-free generation have been outlined.   The Scottish Government's updated Tobacco Control Action Plan sets out 44 specific actions to address health inequalities and cut smoking rates in the communities where people find it most difficult to quit.  
New Venture To Safeguard Unst Partnership's FutureThumbnail for article : New Venture To Safeguard Unst Partnership's Future
Britain's most northerly community is to become the first to benefit from acquiring a publicly owned asset from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) through an Asset Transfer under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.   The Unst Partnership will purchase and refurbish the building it currently leases from HIE and create a recycling facility and second-hand shop as well as a new part-time post to help run it.  
Colleges' Financial Health Improves But Challenges RemainThumbnail for article : Colleges' Financial Health Improves But Challenges Remain
A deal to harmonise staff pay at a cost of £50m a year will absorb projected savings from the reform of Scotland's colleges, says the Auditor General.   Caroline Gardner's annual report on colleges says the sector reported a very small surplus in its underlying financial position in 2016/17, compared to the previous year's £8m deficit.  
Digital Development Loan LaunchedThumbnail for article : Digital Development Loan Launched
A £2 million Digital Development Loan has been launched for Scottish companies which want to improve their digital capabilities and processes.   It's open to SMEs which want to develop areas such as cyber security, data analytics and software engineering, and/or increase the digital skills of their staff.  
Brexit Roundup: Where Are We Heading?
The Scottish Centre on European Relations in April 2018 published a new report on the big challenges that line the road ahead for the EU, UK and Scotland as the Brexit process unfolds to its autumn denouement.  The report contains analysis from 15 leading experts and commentators from Scotland, Northern Ireland and the EU.  
37% of people living in Scotland think the UK will be cashless in 10 years or lessThumbnail for article : 37% of people living in Scotland think the UK will be cashless in 10 years or less
37% of people living in Scotland think the UK will be cashless in 10 years or less, reveals Equifax research. Online research from Equifax[1], the credit information provider, reveals 37% of people living in Scotland believe the UK will be a cashless society within the next 10 years.  
Serco Northlink Ferries: Investors in People Silver AccreditationThumbnail for article : Serco Northlink Ferries: Investors in People Silver Accreditation
Serco NorthLink Ferries celebrates being the first ferry company in Scotland to achieve the prestigious Investors in People Silver Accreditation, the most successful framework for business improvement through people in the UK.   Stuart Garrett, Serco's Managing Director of NorthLink Ferries, joined the team at NorthLink Ferries' Stromness call centre to celebrate the achievement.  
Land Ownership - New register will improve transparency
The first steps are being taken to create a public register of people who ultimately make decisions about how land is used and managed.   The Scottish Government is publishing proposals that will, if agreed, reveal for the first time the controlling interests of land owned by trusts and overseas companies.  
Highland toilets to remain open until review complete
The process of carrying out a review of public toilet provision in The Highland Council area is underway and is due for completion by the end of October this year.   Meanwhile, during the summer tourist season Highland Council toilets will remain open until the end of October.  
Retail Sales, Great Britain: May 2018Thumbnail for article : Retail Sales, Great Britain: May 2018
In May 2018, the quantity bought in the retail industry increased by 1.3% when compared with April 2018 with growth across all main sectors.   Feedback from retailers suggested that a sustained period of good weather and Royal Wedding celebrations encouraged spending in food and household goods stores in May.  
Funding For Offshore Wind
Up to £2 million of funding to encourage innovation in the offshore wind sector and reduce development costs has been announced by the Scottish Government.   The funding is targeted at supporting innovation across the sector to reduce long-term costs, improving health and safety standards, and widening educational opportunities within the industry.  
Convenience Of Debit Card Payments Puts Cash In Second Place
* At the end of 2017, UK consumers made 13.2 billion debit card payments compared to 13.1 billion cash payments.   * Almost two thirds of Britons now using contactless payments as the number of payments doubles in one year.  
Stability, Certainty and Simplicity for Farming And Rural Support
Public consultation launched.   Proposals for a five year transition period for farming and rural support, should Scotland leave the EU, have been announced by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.