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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.  
Highland beaches meet strict environmental water quality standardsThumbnail for article : Highland beaches meet strict environmental water quality standards
The Highland Council welcomes the findings published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) that 16 beaches designated for bathing across the Highlands and Islands have met strict environmental standards for water quality.   The results for designated bathing beaches across the Highlands and Islands show 8 classed as excellent, 4 good and 4 falling into the sufficient category.  
Highlands And Islands Businesses Moving To New Technologies
Use of social media and mobile technology is on the increase by Highlands and Islands businesses, according to the region's second Digital Economy Business Survey (DEBS) released today.   Share The findings of the survey carried out by Ipsos MORI, were launched by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) during the week-long DataFest18 Fringe event being held in Inverness for businesses and the wider community for the first time.  
International Trade Workshops
HIE is calling on businesses across the region to be ‘Business Brave' and take the leap into trading overseas by signing up to its Selling Online International trade workshops.   Share The organisation has kicked off a series of free international trade workshops in a bid to support businesses that aspire to sell to overseas markets via the web but lack the knowledge and expertise to do so.  
Fast Track Pathfinder For Business Start-ups
HIE is now recruiting for the 2018 intake to its Pathfinder Accelerator, a tried and tested business programme nurturing growth in life sciences and technology.   Share The Pathfinder Accelerator is specifically designed to help companies and start-ups develop novel business ideas relating to life sciences or technology and reduce time to market by testing it in the most time-efficient, cost-effective way to determine its commercial viability.  
Fair Work Supported
Support for trade unions and business.   New measures to support fair work - backed by an extra £350,000 funding - have been set out by Fair Work Secretary Keith Brown and Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn.  
Help is available to reduce Council Tax charges
The Highland Council is advising low income households, including home-owners, to apply for help to reduce their Council Tax.  Eligible households can receive up to 100% reduction from their Council Tax which means that those households who receive the full reduction will only have to pay their Scottish Water and Wastewater charges.  
Highland Child Protection Toolkit launched
The Highland Child Protection Committee has launched a Toolkit to assist individuals, volunteers and community groups working with children and young people understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to child protection.   Over 60 people providing activities for children, young people and families in a paid and voluntary capacity came along to the launch event in Inverness yesterday.  
Beware Scams On The Telephone Preference ServiceThumbnail for article : Beware Scams On The Telephone Preference Service
Beware of calls from scammers pretending to be the Telephone Preference Service warns Highland Council Trading Standards.   Highland Council Trading Standards wish to warn consumers not to fall for a new telephone call scam in which fraudsters pretend to be calling from the Telephone Preference Service (or TPS).  
Scottish Rural Businesses Who Go Digital Could Add £2.5bn To Scotlands Economy Says New ReportThumbnail for article : Scottish Rural Businesses Who Go Digital Could Add £2.5bn To Scotlands Economy Says New Report
Annual business turnover in rural areas could grow by at least £1.44 billion across Scotland, with rural microbusiness and small-sized business seeing the greatest returns.   Unlocking the digital potential of rural areas in Scotland could add between £1.2bn and £2.5bn annually in Gross Value Added (GVA) to Scotland's rural economy and at least £1.44bn to rural business turnover, according to a new report commissioned by Amazon and published today by Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) and Rural England.  
Report Highlights Success Of Highland And Islands CollegesThumbnail for article : Report Highlights Success Of Highland And Islands Colleges
A new report has revealed that 70.3% of full-time students successfully completed their studies at Highlands and Islands colleges in the 2016 to 2017 academic year.  This is higher than the national average figure which shows that 65.3% of students passed further education courses at Scottish colleges in the period.  
Inspiring Events For Women In AgricultureThumbnail for article : Inspiring Events For Women In Agriculture
Women working in Scottish agriculture are invited to the series of free events.   Event in Caithness - 27 March (11am): Ulbster Arms Hotel, Halkirk, Caithness - Diversification Opportunities See full list below.  
Farmers Advised To Take Steps To Combat Late SpringThumbnail for article : Farmers Advised To Take Steps To Combat Late Spring
Scottish farmers are being advised to take steps and plan fodder usage now, with experts predicting a late spring.   Using data from grass variety trials, specialists from SAC Consulting, part of Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), predict that T-Sum 200 - which indicates when soils have warmed sufficiently for grass growth to begin - will be two-to-three weeks later than normal.  
Funding to address challenges around salmon stocksThumbnail for article : Funding to address challenges around salmon stocks
Around £700,000 will be spent on work to help address the range of pressures related to the decline of Scottish wild salmon stocks.   The support will include £500,000 for research and activities, and includes a new national programme of local sampling which will help to count the numbers of juvenile salmon in rivers, before they leave to become adults at sea and return, and monitor their abundance.  
Scottish Farm Incomes Increase For First Time In Six YearsThumbnail for article : Scottish Farm Incomes Increase For First Time In Six Years
Incomes from commercial farms in Scotland have increased by around 94 per cent.  This reverses the decline from the previous year, with incomes recovering to 2014 levels.  
Scotlands First Agricultural Shared Apprenticeship Scheme AnnouncedThumbnail for article : Scotlands First Agricultural Shared Apprenticeship Scheme Announced
Students from Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) are set to benefit from the country's first agricultural shared apprenticeship scheme.   Launched to coincide with Scottish Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March), the collaboration between SRUC and Ringlink (Scotland) - the UK's largest business ring - will see more than 30 students take up placements at a number of host farms in Aberdeenshire.  
Highland Council Administration Lines Up For Battle On Capital Decision Day
The Council's proposed capital programme includes a significant investment of £346m over the next 5 years.  This could amount to as much as £481m gross depending on assumptions for grant and funding.  
Knoydart Landslide Repairs Progressing Well
Following the landslip on the Knoydart Peninsula last Autumn work is progressing well and every effort is being made to get the affected section of single tracked road open to traffic for the Easter weekend.   Following the failure immediate steps were taken to re-establish pedestrian and quad bike access, and this has been maintained throughout the works.  
Record enquiries about filming in Highland
Last week saw The Highland Council's film unit receive its 200th enquiry of the year - a new record that illustrates the level of appeal the area now has as a location for everything from high end movies to online commercials.  Enquiries are already 19% ahead of the previous financial year even before what is traditionally the busiest period of production development in March.  
Presentation on potential satellite vertical launch centre site at Sutherland County Committee
As part of the Sutherland County Committee on Tuesday 27 February 2018 members will be given a presentation from HIE about a potential vertical launch centre for satellites in Sutherland.   The UK Space Agency (UKSA) is currently considering a number of potential sites as a vertical launch centre for satellites.