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6/7/2020
Council Relaxes Some Controls For Covid-19 Business Recovery
Following on from the recent publication of Highland Council's Supporting Economic Recovery in Highland - A Guide for Businesses - the Council is announcing relaxation of some controls that will assist tourist accommodation providers have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.   In recognition of this where there are specific planning and licensing controls in relation to occupancy, for example: a restriction on the occupancy of any caravan for a continuous 12 month period; or where conditions restrict occupancy for specific periods of time, ...these will be relaxed by the Council up to and including April 2021.  
6/7/2020
Highland Play Parks To Re-open GraduallThumbnail for article : Highland Play Parks To Re-open Graduall
The Highland Council is planning to re-open play areas across the region throughout summer.  Advice was provided by the Scottish Government on 28 June as to the safety measures that should be applied.  
6/7/2020
Hmrc Latest Covid-19 SupportThumbnail for article : Hmrc Latest Covid-19 Support
Recent changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme mean you can now bring previously furloughed employees back to work to suit the needs of your business.   From August, the level of the grant will be slowly reduced and employers will be asked to contribute towards the cost of employees' wages.  
6/7/2020
Supporting Outdoor Hospitality
Helping businesses adapt to physical distancing measures.   Pubs, restaurants and cafes in Scotland will have greater flexibility to make use of outside spaces, as outdoor hospitality resumes from 6 July 2020.  
6/7/2020
Socialising Safely - Restrictions On Outdoor Hospitality Industry Eased
People are being encouraged to socialise safely as beer gardens and pavement cafes across Scotland re-open.   As the hospitality sector gradually eases out of lockdown new measures to ensure the health and safety of customers and staff will be in place including the collection of customer's contact details to allow contact tracing if necessary.  
4/7/2020
New Buses Replace The Interdecks That Many Complained AboutThumbnail for article : New Buses Replace The Interdecks That Many Complained About
Stagecoach welcomes new look vehicles to the Highlands.   Stagecoach Highlands has welcomed the first of their new-look vehicles to Inverness.  
4/7/2020
Highland Seaweed Firm Embarks On Expansion After £1.7m InvestmentThumbnail for article : Highland Seaweed Firm Embarks On Expansion After £1.7m Investment
SHORe the Scottish Seaweed Company (SHORE), the trading name of the Alness based seaweed processing company New Wave Foods Ltd, has expanded its product range having secured a £1.7million finance package.   The company has one of its bases at the industrial estate near Wick airport.  
3/7/2020
Digital Learning Success For Highland Council Schools And StaffThumbnail for article : Digital Learning Success For Highland Council Schools And Staff
The Highland Council was one of the first local authorities in Scotland recognised to develop a Schools Digital Learning Hub, which provides a resource for staff, parents and pupils to support home learning.   Prior to Covid-19, we had an estate of 27,000 Chromebooks that were already a part of our ICT in Learning Strategy.  
3/7/2020
UK Shared Prosperity Fund From The EU - Uncertainty Over Replacement FundingThumbnail for article : UK Shared Prosperity Fund From The EU - Uncertainty Over Replacement Funding
You may know little but huge sums of money about EU funding came to the UK from the EU.   Highland in particular gain funds under several headings.  
3/7/2020
Northlands Creative Glass Takes Unique Film Festival Online After Covid CancellationThumbnail for article : Northlands Creative Glass Takes Unique Film Festival Online After Covid Cancellation
Unveiling of the Inaugural Glass, Meet the Future Festival 3 July -17 July 2020 Northlands Creative Glass GMTF UNVEILS ITS AMBITIOUS AND DIVERSE FILM PROGRAMME REFLECTING TODAY'S GLASS COMMUNITY Scotland's arts links with Japan are being supported by over £100,000 from a partnership between British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland.  Following an open call for proposals, which drew 24 responses from individuals and organisations working across the Scottish arts sector, North Lands Creative was selected to receive a share of the funding.  
3/7/2020
SRUC Unveils Refreshed Vision And Mission Focused On Sustainable Natural Economy
Natural evolution.   A focus on the sustainable natural economy is at the heart of a refreshed vision and mission for Scotland's Rural College (SRUC).  
2/7/2020
Cross Border Drugs Operation Welcomed - Hundreds Of Arrests - Seized Cash Drugs Cars And More
Seizure of controlled drugs with a street value of over £25 million.   Cocaine, heroin, cannabis, herbal cannabis siezed.  
2/7/2020
Healthier, Greener Town Centres - Optimising Town Centres For The Aftermath Of Covid-19
Diverse views from urban, town, rural and island communities must be heard if town centres are to be revitalised and renewed in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell.   Experts in town planning, public health, transport, and business will take on board views of local communities to build on the progress of the Scottish Government's 2013 Town Centre Action Plan.  
2/7/2020
Update To Shielding Guidance - Changes To Advice For Children And Young People
New evidence indicates that a large percentage of children and young people may no longer need to shield.   A review by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health with regard to COVID-19 states that the majority of children with conditions including asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and kidney disease do not need to continue to shield and can, for example, return to school as it reopens.  
2/7/2020
Final Phase 2 Measures Confirmed - Face Masks In All Stores From 10 July
Face coverings and 2 metre rule exemptions announced in preparation for Phase 3.   Provisions to allow children to play outdoors with friends, the introduction of exemptions to the 2 metre physical distancing rule, and mandatory use of face coverings in retail settings from Phase 3 are among measures announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today (Thursday, 2 July 2020).  
1/7/2020
Beware The Sassenachs Are Coming!Thumbnail for article : Beware The Sassenachs Are Coming!
By Peter Body - an Englishman and owner of Thermohaus, the Caithness based company which will design and supply highly energy efficient timber frame kit homes, throughout the UK.   According to the National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA) the Highlands is one of the most popular places to build your own home.  
1/7/2020
Poverty In Scotland: A Discussion With Jrf On Progress Pre, During And Post Covid-19Thumbnail for article : Poverty In Scotland: A Discussion With Jrf On Progress Pre, During And Post Covid-19
A podcast from Fraser of Allender Institute with the Joseph Rowantree Foundation (JRF).   At the end of the parliamentary year, we would normally have received a progress report form the Scottish Government on their efforts to tackle child poverty and how they are making progress towards the statutory child poverty targets.  
1/7/2020
Communities Leading In Tourism - Cohort 2Thumbnail for article : Communities Leading In Tourism - Cohort 2
Communities Leading in Tourism programme delivered by Social Enterprise Academy.  SEA, which has supported over 14,000 social economy learners, is delivering the blended learning programme of six live online learning sessions, six days of online learning, and three planned two-day residential tourism visits in Skye, the Trossachs and Stranraer.  
1/7/2020
Executive Chief Officer For Health And Social Care, Lesley Weber Is To Leave The Highland Council In September 2020Thumbnail for article : Executive Chief Officer For Health And Social Care, Lesley Weber Is To Leave The Highland Council In September 2020
Lesley, who previously worked for Hackney Local Authority in London, expressed how much she has enjoyed working for the Council.   Lelsey started with highland council on 13 August 2019.  
1/7/2020
Thurso And Wick Amoung Highland Towns To Gain Active Travel InterventionsThumbnail for article : Thurso And Wick Amoung Highland Towns To Gain Active Travel Interventions
Committee gives unanimous support to Covid-19 Spaces to People project in Highland.   At today's (Wednesday 1 July 2020) Economy and Infrastructure Committee members gave their full support to progress made with the Spaces for People programme in Highland following the news that the Council has been successful in receiving a further £1.2M of funding.