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16/6/2015
MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT FOR MIDSUMMER EVENING
featuring A nostalgic selection of popular songs presented by Martin Treacher (Skibo Castle's resident musical entertainer) and Scottish folk music performed by the acclaimed Sutherland Duo, Mhairi Mackinnon (fiddle) & Heather Shelley (keyboard) Carnegie Hall, Clashmore, Dornoch Sunday 21st June - 7pm till 9pm Refreshments included at interval Admission Free Donations to Caithness and Sutherland Women's Aid at door CherryGrove Three leading Sutherland-based musicians are set to provide a sparkling evening of entertainment for a good cause when a local charity celebrates its 10th birthday.   Caithness and Sutherland Women's Aid will mark its first decade by staging ‘Musical Entertainment for Mid-Summer Evening’ on Sunday 21 June at The Carnegie Hall in Clashmore.  
10/6/2015
Social enterprise boosts equality and economy, summit told
Social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands are helping Scotland tackle social issues, promote equality and achieve economic growth, a major summit on the sector heard today (Wednesday 10 June).   Social enterprises trade like any other business, but at their heart they have a social purpose; trading for social, community and environmental benefits and reinvesting their profits to deliver their social purpose.  
18/5/2015
Taxi fare review in Highland
The public is being asked for its views on proposals by The Highland Council to review the maximum level of charges for the hire of taxis or private hire cars fitted with taxi meters operating under licence of The Highland Council.   The Council has a statutory duty in terms of Section 17 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 to review its scales for the fares and other taxi related charges every 18 months.  
11/5/2015
Links House announces major expansion in DornochThumbnail for article : Links House announces major expansion in Dornoch
A Scottish luxury five-star hotel located just 100 metres from one of the world's top golf courses is undertaking a major expansion.   Links House at Royal Dornoch, the award winning country house hotel adjacent to the 1st tee at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, is undertaking a six-bedroom addition, set to open in spring 2017.  
11/5/2015
COLD CALL CONTROL ZONE COMMUNITY TOOLKIT LAUNCHES ON HIGHLAND COUNCIL WEBSITE
The Highland Council will launch their Cold Call Control Zone Community Toolkit tomorrow in a bid to help communities protect themselves from doorstep crime.  The resource has been created by Highland Council Trading Standards.  
9/4/2015
Onshore wind energy guidance consultation extended
The deadline for members of the public to share their views on The Highland Council's new Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance has been extended to Friday 22 May.  Once approved, this guidance will be used for determining planning applications for wind energy development in Highland.  
9/4/2015
Concern Over Safe Rent Deposit Levels in Highlands - David Stewart MSP
Highland MSP, David Stewart has expressed his "deep concern" over low levels of private rented sector deposits that are registered with a Tenancy Deposit Scheme, which is required under legislation, in the Highlands.   Figures revealed by SafeDeposits Scotland who take on average 60% of the Tenancy Deposit Market show that only 61% of landlords across Scotland are complying with legislation which requires private rent deposits to be registered.  
6/4/2015
SNP Candidate Paul Monaghan To Speak In Brora, Assynt and GolspieThumbnail for article : SNP Candidate Paul Monaghan To Speak In Brora, Assynt and Golspie
Meet SNP Candidate Paul Monaghan.   PUBLIC MEETINGS SUTHERLAND.  
6/4/2015
The Long Lingering Roads Of SutherlandThumbnail for article : The Long Lingering Roads Of Sutherland
The distance and vast views of emptiness is something anyone who travels Sutherland will always remember.   The county is one of the least populated places not just in Scotland or the UK but in all of Europe.  
26/3/2015
First Minister launches HIE's three-year planThumbnail for article : First Minister launches HIE's three-year plan
Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP has launched a new three-year operating plan for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The new plan is launched as HIE marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of its predecessor, the Highlands and Islands Development Board (HIDB), which began operating in November 1965.  
24/3/2015
Highland Businesses warned about 'Data Control' Scam
The Highland Council's Trading Standards team are warning local businesses about a scam that is currently doing the rounds and is targeting small businesses within the Highland area.   A number of complaints have been received from local businesses receiving a letter headed "UK - DATA CONTROL - Missing information about your VAT Registration Number" with ‘Scotland Business' prominently stated at the top of the first page.  
19/3/2015
LABOUR CANDIDATE FOLLOWS NORTH COAST 500 ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAILThumbnail for article : LABOUR CANDIDATE FOLLOWS NORTH COAST 500 ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Last week John Erskine, Scottish Labour candidate for the upcoming general election, followed the North Coast 500 as part of his election campaign.  By following the North Highland Initiative's latest tourism pull that showcases what the North Highlands has to offer.  
19/3/2015
Wave Energy Scotland is ‘open for business' with its first £7 million technology innovation competition
Hunt for innovative power take-off systems for wave energy devices is on 19th March 2015, UK: Wave Energy Scotland (WES), a new research and development body funded by the Scottish Government, is open for business with the launch of its first international technology innovation competition.   Part of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, WES is issuing a competitive project call for innovative power take-off (PTO) systems.  
19/3/2015
Don't be duped by scam parcel postcards warns Highland Council Trading Standards
Highland Council Trading Standards are aware that Scam postcards are being delivered to residents' homes claiming that a parcel containing "jewellery" or valuables up to £50 is waiting for the homeowner.   The message on the postcard states: "The office is attempting to reach you.  
19/3/2015
Tourism operator investigates viability of fishing for bluefin tuna in Outer Hebrides waters
An Isle of Harris fishing skipper and tourism operator, who recently became the star of a US TV show, is working with Marine Scotland to track and trace tuna on the Outer Hebrides coast.   Captain Angus Campbell, from Kilda Cruises, also runs Atlantic Marine Services which provides specialist support for organisations doing marine surveys west of the Hebrides.  
19/3/2015
Trading Standards and Police to host online Facebook chat event on rogue doorstep callers
Highland Council Trading Standards and Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division are to host a Facebook chat event on the topic of rogue traders who call at your door offering to carry out works on your home.   The event will take place on Tuesday 24th March at 6pm.  
19/3/2015
Council consulting on its Onshore Wind Energy GuidanceThumbnail for article : Council consulting on its Onshore Wind Energy Guidance
Members of the public are being invited to take part in a consultation on the Council's Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance which, when approved, will be used in the consideration of planning applications for wind energy developments in the Highlands.   New national planning policies published in June 2014 changed how Councils are required to plan for Onshore Wind Energy development and Highland Council are therefore in the process of reviewing their planning policies and guidance.  
19/3/2015
Trading Standards to host drop-in sessions for home maintenance and improvement businesses
Highland Council Trading Standards are to hold two drop-in sessions aimed at traders who conduct works on domestic properties.   The sessions will take place on Friday 27th March from 2pm till 4pm and again on Wednesday 1st April from 9am till 11am.  
19/3/2015
West Highland and Islands as Call for Sites and Ideas
Council urge suggestions for future planning of the West Highland and Islands as Call for Sites and Ideas process nears deadline.   A call for people's suggestions of sites and ideas for inclusion within the forthcoming West Highland and Islands Local Development has been underway since 30th January and now enters its last week before the closing on 27th March 2015.  
18/3/2015
Budget 2015
The Chancellor has presented his Budget to Parliament - here's a summary of what was announced.   1.