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16/8/2007
Caithness & Sutherland Peatland Becomes New National Nature ReserveThumbnail for article : Caithness & Sutherland Peatland Becomes New National Nature Reserve
The internationally important peatland of Caithness and Sutherland will join other national, natural treasures like St Kilda and Beinn Eighe when The Flows National Nature Reserve (NNR) is launched today (17 August 2007) by Highlands and Islands MSP Rob Gibson.   At 11,373 hectares, Scotland's latest NNR is part of the single largest expanse of blanket bog in the world and is internationally recognised for its habitat quality and breeding bird populations.  
Transport Vision For Sutherland Points The Way ForwardThumbnail for article : Transport Vision For Sutherland Points The Way Forward
the Sutherland Partnership www.sutherlandpartnership.org.uk recently published Transport Vision For Sutherland brings together information and facts about transport in Scotlands largest geographical county.   the report outlines what is already there and points out several key features that are requiring attention.  
Council Warns On-line Buyers To Beware!
Trading Standards Officers at The Highland Council are calling on consumers to be on their guard when buying on the internet after a survey highlighted that 40% of on-line business failed to fully comply with the Law.   A recent in-depth survey has uncovered a variety of problems for consumers such as hidden costs and denial of cancellation rights.  
17/6/2007
North Woman Cottons On To Internet TradingThumbnail for article : North Woman Cottons On To Internet Trading
A north businesswoman has cottoned on to a new internet business opportunity following the birth of her first grandchild.   Linda Sones from Lairg in Sutherland is literally encouraging parents to 'wrap their children in cotton wool' by buying children's clothing from her recently launched website that specialises in the sale of organic cotton products.  
22/5/2007
Prestigious EatSafe Award for the Wayfarer Restaurant in HelmsdaleThumbnail for article : Prestigious EatSafe Award for the Wayfarer Restaurant in Helmsdale
A Sutherland restaurant owner, who has worked in the trade for only two years, has won a prestigious award for demonstrating a high degree of excellence in food hygiene and food safety in the running of her business.   Anne Kane, of The Wayfarer Restaurant, Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale, has won the Food Standards Agency award for excellence ~ EatSafe ~ by operating her premises at a level over and above current legislative requirements.  
21/5/2007
Sutherland Project In Enterprising Britain 2007 Final
Two Highland projects reach Enterprising Britain 2007 final.   A nationwide competition to find the most enterprising place in the UK will announce the Scottish finalist at an awards ceremony tomorrow (Wednesday 23 May 2007) at the Dakota Hotel, Bellshill, Glasgow.  
Market Development Scheme Worth 9.2 Million In Food And Drink Sales
Highlands and Islands food and drink producers have attributed 9.2 million of new sales to events and exhibitions organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), through its UK Market Development programme.   A recent evaluation of the programme commissioned by HIE has demonstrated that bringing together food and drink producers and buyers is an effective way for speciality companies in the Highlands and Islands to do business.  
20/5/2007
"Health Warning" for Local Businesses
Big-hearted local businesses in the Highlands, who are approached to help fund the production of health-related leaflets and booklets for primary schools, are being urged to sponsor only material that has the endorsement of The Highland Council and NHS Highland.   The advice from the agencies follows concerns from some head teachers that leaflets, sponsored by local companies and sent to schools by commercial entities, have contained materials that are outdated, misleading, inaccurate and inappropriate for the target age group.  
17/5/2007
Dornoch Service Point Official OpeningThumbnail for article : Dornoch Service Point Official Opening
Dornoch Service Point was officially opened today enabling customers to access The Highland Council front line services, Sheriff Court services and Tourist Information services from the one building.   The new partnership has seen the Council's current Dornoch Service Point relocating from The Meadows to the centre of Dornoch to serve its customers from the Sheriff Court building.  
17/5/2007
Get In On The Act! - Make Work Work for Carers
Flexible working: a win-win for employers, carers and the economy The Work & Families Act 2006 introduces, for the first time, the right to request flexible working for carers of adults.   There are 660,000 carers in Scotland 250,000 of whom combine their caring role with paid employment.  
8/5/2007
Businesses Asked To be Wary Of Book Selling Scam For Local Schools
Head Teachers in Caithness are concerned that local businesses may be approached to sponsor books.   The schools know nothing about these approaches by a company selling the books.  
Scottish Natural Heritage Highlights Funding Opportunities For Land ManagersThumbnail for article : Scottish Natural Heritage Highlights Funding Opportunities For Land Managers
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is calling on land managers throughout Scotland to ensure that they are not missing out on potential income opportunities from land designated as a nature conservation sites.  Under SNH's Natural Care programme land managers can earn extra financial support by signing up to agreements to ensure these important sites will be maintained in the best condition possible.  
Young Entrepreneurs Invent Their Way To The Final - Dornoch AcademyThumbnail for article : Young Entrepreneurs Invent Their Way To The Final - Dornoch Academy
Five teams of talented young entrepreneurs from schools in the Highlands have impressed judges from some of the country's leading businesses this week to make it through to the final stage of the ICT Youth Challenge.   Sixteen teams of budding young entrepreneurs travelled to the Horizon Scotland, Forres on Tuesday this week where they pitched their ideas for the information communication and technology products of the future.  
Young Entrepreneurs Invent Their Way To The Final - Farr HighThumbnail for article : Young Entrepreneurs Invent Their Way To The Final - Farr High
Five teams of talented young entrepreneurs from schools in the Highlands have impressed judges from some of the country's leading businesses this week to make it through to the final stage of the ICT Youth Challenge.   Sixteen teams of budding young entrepreneurs travelled to the Horizon Scotland, Forres on Tuesday this week where they pitched their ideas for the information communication and technology products of the future.  
Work Starts on Final Phase of North Coast RoadThumbnail for article : Work Starts on Final Phase of North Coast Road
Work began this week on the 3.4 million final phase of upgrading the A 836 North Coast road, between Melvich ~ Strathy, Sutherland.   The Highland Council has awarded a 40-week contract to Highland Quality Construction to build 3.4 kilometres of modern two-lane carriageway at Melvich, which will include two new bridges and environmentally friendly features, such as otter culverts.  
Replica of Helmsdale Memorial 'The Emigrants' Heading For CanadaThumbnail for article : Replica of Helmsdale Memorial 'The Emigrants' Heading For Canada
A replica of the 30 foot bronze statue commemorating the Highland Clearances is being cast and shipped to the Canadian City of Winnipeg.   'The Emigrants' memorial in the Sutherland town of Helmsdale was originally cast by Highland foundry Black Isle Bronze in 2003.  
12/3/2007
SUTHERLAND COMPANIES URGED TO ENTER NATIONAL AWARDS
The National Business Awards for Scotland recognises and rewards excellence, innovation and success.  Uniquely open to organisations of all sizes and from any industry sector - public or private, companies from around the Sutherland area are now being invited to take part in this year's competition.  
12/3/2007
NEW PARTNERSHIP FOR DORNOCH
A new initiative in Dornoch will be launched on Monday 2 April when customers will be able to access The Highland Council front line services, Sheriff Court services and Tourist Information services from the one building.   The new Partnership sees the Council's current Dornoch Service Point relocating to the centre of Dornoch to serve its customers from the Sheriff Court building.  
Challenge gives pupils taste for careers in food industry
Dornoch Academy pupils have been given a taste of running their own business over the past few weeks, by creating a new ice cream.   The pupils have been working with Harry Gow and Highland Fine Cheeses on a Food and Drink School's Challenge, which culminates in a final event on Saturday 15 March for 12 S3 pupils from the school.  
19/2/2007
WHY HI LINKS MAY LEAD TO HIGH BUSINESS GROWTH FOR LOCAL COMPANIES
Small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Caithness and Sutherland are being urged to grasp a unique opportunity to help boost future company growth, by tapping into a ready-made resource based within UHI Millennium Institute that helps companies crystallise opportunities to move the business forward.   This free service - a ground-breaking university-based initiative called HI Links, is a three-year project funded by a SEEKIT grant from the Scottish Executive, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and UHI.