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Caithness Business Fund Covid-19 Support Scheme Now Open - First Round Closes 12 June
The Caithness Business Fund is pleased to announce that, thanks to a generous contribution of £100,000 from Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL), it will be running a series of application rounds designed to support local businesses in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.   This support will be provided in the form of grants ranging from £500 up to a maximum of £5,000, and will be made available initially to eligible businesses in Caithness and North Sutherland which require assistance towards costs incurred in reopening business premises as a result of COVID-19.  
Stoer Primary School - Finally Closure Is In Sight
On Thursday 12 March 2020, The Highland Council resolved to discontinue the provision of education at Stoer Primary School, transferring its catchment to that of Lochinver Primary School.   A copy of the consultation report, together with the original proposal paper and all relevant appendices can be viewed below: The Council is satisfied that implementation of closure is the most appropriate response to the reasons for formulating the original proposal identified by the authority.  
Council approves community asset transfers in Sutherland and Wester Ross
Two ‘strong' community asset transfer requests have been given the go ahead from Councillors on The Highland Council's Communities and Place Committee.   Unanimous support was given for the sale of land at South Bonar Industrial Estate at Bonar Bridge to Kyle of Sutherland Hub; and for the sale of Kinlochewe public toilets, picnic area and parking to Community Out West Trust - both at the value of £1 each.  
Hi-scot Credit Union Is On A Mission - To Get The Highlands And Islands Saving In 2020Thumbnail for article : Hi-scot Credit Union Is On A Mission - To Get The Highlands And Islands Saving In 2020
"As we enter our fourteenth year of business, we'll be spreading the word about the benefits of saving with the credit union," said HI-Scot's General Manager, David Mackay.  "HI-Scot is member led and member run and we offer a range of services." HI-Scot is well established in the Western Isles, where the credit union is based.  
East Sutherland Rescue Association Awarded £11,359 By Rescue Grant Boat FundThumbnail for article : East Sutherland Rescue Association Awarded £11,359 By Rescue Grant Boat Fund
- vital Search and Rescue teams to receive share of £1 million to boost resources.   - grants will fund lifeboats and kit for volunteer search teams - fund has awarded almost £6 million to date, saving lives on UK waterways - volunteer organisations undertaking lifesaving search and rescue work are set to benefit from a £1 million boost for vital new equipment.  
Satellite Launch Site PlansThumbnail for article : Satellite Launch Site Plans
The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has submitted a planning application for a vertical launch site, Space Hub Sutherland, that it plans to construct on the A' Mhoine peninsula, Melness, near Tongue.  
Why Payroll Deduction? - Check Out Hi-scot Credit UnionThumbnail for article : Why Payroll Deduction? - Check Out Hi-scot Credit Union
In 2020, HI-Scot credit union's focus is on making saving and borrowing easier for our members, particularly through the use of payroll deduction with businesses across the Highlands and Islands.   Thousands of employees already have access to payroll deduction with HI-Scot, something the credit union wants to build on in the coming year, promoting the service to employees who work with existing partners and showing other businesses the benefits of offering payroll deduction to their staff.  
£180K Lottery Win For Neighbours In EmboThumbnail for article : £180K Lottery Win For Neighbours In Embo
The new year is off to a winning start for four people in Embo who are celebrating landing a share of £180,000 after their postcode, IV25 3PS, was announced as a winner with People's Postcode Lottery on Saturday 18th January 2020.   Two of the Gate Street neighbours picked up cheques for £30,000 each, while the others - who play with two tickets - doubled their prize and bagged a bounty of £60,000 each.  
Kylesku hotel steps up use of digital in move to year-round tradeThumbnail for article : Kylesku hotel steps up use of digital in move to year-round trade
A hotel in a remote part of north west Sutherland has enhanced its online marketing and booking systems as part of wider efforts to move to year-round trade and employment.   Kylesku Hotel was awarded up to £16,500 by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) towards the cost of developing its digital systems.  
Can Highland Council Set Up Its Own Bus Company?Thumbnail for article : Can Highland Council Set Up Its Own Bus Company?
Transport group chair calls for immediate research on viability of publicly operated Highland bus services.   SNP Ness-side councillor Ron MacWilliam has written to members of the Highland Council Redesign board to urge them to consider options for publicly run bus services in the Highlands.  
Bear Scotland - Resurfacing Work At BroraThumbnail for article : Bear Scotland - Resurfacing Work At Brora
Wellness Tourism: A market you can't afford to miss!Thumbnail for article : Wellness Tourism:  A market you can't afford to miss!
Wellness Tourism is worth over £500bn worldwide, and has grown more than twice as fast as tourism overall.   Join us for the latest series of ‘TUNE INTO TOURISM', and explore how you can capitalise on this growing trend.  
Business Start Up competitionThumbnail for article : Business Start Up competition
Lairg and District Learning Centre are organising their Business Start Up competition, with a £1000 prize fund, to help encourage and support business start up and development in the area.  Alongside the prize fund, all entrants will receive one to one business support, to help to get their businesses off the ground.  
Hi-Scot Credit Union Taking Part In Worldwide CelebrationsThumbnail for article : Hi-Scot Credit Union Taking Part In Worldwide Celebrations
In October HI-Scot, the credit union for the Highlands and Islands, will take part in a worldwide celebration of credit unions.   Thursday 17th October is International Credit Union Day 2019, a day which highlights the history and achievements of the movement, as well as raising the profile of the work of credit unions in local communities, reflected in this year's theme: 'Local Service, Global Reach.' "HI-Scot has been working across the Highlands and Islands for thirteen years and, in 2019, we have over three thousand members," said HI-Scot General Manager, David Mackay, "In that time we have approved over four thousand loans.  
Be Aware! Council Tax Scammers Still Targeting Highland
The Highland Council has once again been alerted to a Council Tax scam whereby scammers are cold calling and claiming that the resident is due a council tax refund or can have their Council Tax band reassessed upon payment of £150.   Council Tax bands are determined by the Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer who is independent from the Highland Council.  
Over £2 Million Invested In Highland and Moray Fishing Communities
Twenty-six projects have received a share of £900,000 through the Highland & Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) to boost the local economy and create jobs within the fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries, backing a total investment of over £2 million pounds.   The funding has been awarded through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund & Scottish Government to encourage community-led local development and enable localised decision making though Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs).  
Public Invited To Share Views On Satellite Launch Site Proposals
Plans to create a spaceport that will launch communications satellites into orbit from the Moine peninsula in Sutherland are set to be unveiled for discussion at public meetings over the next two months.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which is backing the £17.3m project to design and build Space Hub Sutherland, has today (Wednesday 4 September) lodged a proposal of application notice with the Highland Council.  
Social Business Programme Launches Across The Highlands And Islands
People with a business idea that will benefit their local community or environment will soon have access to a new programme of support, being launched across the Highlands and Islands.   Known as the Social Start-Up School, the innovative programme will be delivering four locally focused initiatives.  
How To Finance Your Self-build New HomeThumbnail for article : How To Finance Your Self-build New Home
If you need to raise finance for your project it is usual to seek a ‘self-build mortgage'.   Mortgages for self-build houses are a specialist product and many lenders do not offer them.  
Space Hub Sutherland One Step Closer
The owners of land earmarked for the Space Hub Sutherland development on the Moine Peninsula have agreed a lease option with developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   Representatives of Melness Crofters Estate (MCE) and HIE signed the agreement yesterday (Wednesday 31 July).