Energy & Business Services: I met up this week with Stephen Sutherland, Chair of Caithness Chamber of Commerce and director at JGC Engineering & Technical Services, at a tourism-related session hosted by the Chamber Board (see below for more). Stephen told me about the fantastic news that JGC has been awarded a contract by Siemens Transmission and Distribution relating to the Triton Knoll offshore windfarm project of the east coast of England.
Plans to establish the UK's first spaceport in north-west Sutherland have taken a major step forward. Melness Crofters Estate (MCE), who own the prospective launch site for small satellites, on the Moine near Tongue, have confirmed their intention to work with development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) towards agreeing heads of terms.
A Cook at Broadford Primary School on the Isle of Skye has scooped the Highland Council's Employee of the Year 2018 Award for her commitment to promote healthy eating and for inspiring pupils to get involved from "plot to plate" Annette Burfooot, who has been at the school for 11 years, is described as a skilled and dedicated member of staff who is passionate about promoting healthy eating and regularly goes into classrooms to chat to the children about nutrition and developing healthy eating habits. She also encourages them to proactively get involved in the planning of menus for school meals making the most of fresh herbs and vegetables grown in the school garden.
All are welcome, age 16 plus with an interest / role in the third sector. It's designed as a ‘starting point' for people new to leadership roles, or new to leadership learning.
Highlands & Islands Regional MSP and Parliamentary Diabetes Champion, David Stewart, is to nominate forgotten Scottish hero as the scientist who should feature on the new Bank of England £50 note after The Bank of England announced that the new £50 note will feature a prominent British scientist, with the public being asked for nominations. In addition to the Queen, the note will include the portrait of an eminent late scientist from fields such as biology, astronomy and medical research.
The Highland Licensing Board is consulting on proposed changes to extended opening hours at pubs, restaurants and clubs in Highland over the Christmas and New Year period from 2019 onwards. If the proposed changes are adopted, they will restrict extended opening for alcohol sales to Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Hogmanay and New Year's Day if these fall on other days of the week.
UNISON will start to take steps towards strike action. The local government joint trade unions - who have also run consultative ballots of their members - will be meet with CoSLA to inform them of the results of their ballots, tomorrow Friday 9th November.
Scotland's world renowned seed potato industry risks losing its 13.5% EU market share in a no deal Brexit scenario, Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon has warned. In a letter to Secretary of State Michael Gove, she highlights that in this scenario Scotland would become a third country and would therefore be unable to export seed potatoes to the EU.
Student nursing and midwifery places will increase for the seventh consecutive year, reaching record levels, with the intake rising by 7.6% to more than 4,000. As announced by the First Minister in October, all eligible nursing and midwifery students across Scotland will benefit from an increased bursary in 2019/20, rising to £10,000 a year in 2020/21.
Dounreay's industry leading safety performance has taken one of the top prizes at Babcock International Group's Health and Safety Excellence Awards. The team responsible for decommissioning the former fast reactor research site in Caithness lifted the trophy for best safety programme at an event in London last week.
Members of the group tasked with exploring all options to secure a sustainable future for the Michelin site and its workforce have been announced by Economy Secretary Derek Mackay. The Michelin Action Group will meet for the first time in Dundee on Monday (12 November).
Much of Scotland's land will remain outside the proposed Register of Controlled Interests in Land, whose purpose is to make land ownership more transparent, according to a report by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. Much of Scotland's land will remain outside the proposed Register of Controlled Interests in Land, whose purpose is to make land ownership more transparent, according to a report by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 8th) sold 2,868 store sheep. Lambs (1,592) averaged £46.06 and sold to £310 gross for a Cheviot tup lamb from Middleton of Brims, Thurso.
Highland Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to develop a holistic strategy and action plan to reduce the consumption of single use plastics from its sites and schools, and the wider community. The strategy and action plan was approved at a meeting of the Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee today (8 November 2018).
The Council remains on track to provide much-needed affordable homes. Members of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee today (Thursday 8 November 2018) have approved the Council's Strategic Housing Investment Plan for 2019-2024 that will see a minimum of 500 units being built each year of which 70% will be for affordable rent and 30% for low cost home ownership.
Robert Chote, the chairman of the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR), distils the key messages from the October 2018 Economic and fiscal outlook. Overview of the October 2018 Economic and fiscal outlook.
Fraser of Allender Institute calls for a frank debate about the future of public services and taxation in Scotland. Analysis shows that the outlook for the Scottish budget has improved since last year, but many portfolios will continue to face a tough financial squeeze.
Members of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee of Highland council, today considered a presentation on the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. Scottish Landfill Communities Fund is available to communities within 10 miles of a registered landfill site, open or closed, or a waste transfer station.
Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive, Wick by Reiach & Hall Architects wins the 2018 RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2018. Twelve projects were shortlisted for the coveted 2018 Doolan Prize, all worthy winners of RIAS Awards for 2018 (presented in June 2018).
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland. Scotland's Chief Statistician today released Businesses in Scotland 2018.