HIGHLANDS and Islands Enterprise (HIE) today announced it is to invest an extra £12million in Caithness and Sutherland. The extra funding, a 50 per cent increase on the current budget allocation for the area, will be used over the next three years to help address the considerable challenges posed to the area's economy by the decommissioning of Dounreay nuclear plant.
Do you know anyone who has been key to the promotion of enterprise skills and attitudes in the UK? If so, they could be inline for an award from the Queen. The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion was launched in 2004 to recognise individuals who make a significant contribution to the promotion of business enterprise or enterprise skills in the UK.
A Local Access Forum in Sutherland is bringing together all parties with an interest in developing and managing access to the outdoors. It is an independent advisory body working to promote dialogue and understanding, developing a consensus and promoting a co-operative approach to access to the countryside and inland waters.
Anyone with an interest in the future planning of development for their community in Sutherland will be able to provide their opinions on the new Local Plan being prepared for the county. Planning officials of The Highland Council have produced a discussion document, entitled Sutherland Futures, and they are keen to get feedback from the public at a series of 17 public exhibitions/meetings, starting at Lairg on Monday 23 October and ending in Dornoch on Thursday 30 November.
A new web site created by Navertech for Lonie & Janet Mackintosh to advertise their self catering cottage at Achrimsdale near Brora has added a simple facitlity to check availability and make a booking online for some of their accommodation packages. The chalet, which sleeps up to six, is set in a beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth with views as far as the Cairngorms.
The search is on to find Scotland's best rural retailer, 2006. The Scottish Countryside Alliance is calling on members of the public from all corners of Scotland to nominate their favourite rural shop or business.
Highland Councillors on Friday, 29 September 2006 determined three applications for the erection of windfarm developments in Sutherland. Meeting at Lairg Community Centre following site visits the previous day, the Planning Development Europe and Tourism Committee considered applications by: ~ SSE Generation Ltd for 23 turbines generating 46 Mega Watts of electricity at Achany Estate Lairg; ~ Airtricity Developments UK for 23 turbines at Invercassley (Beinn Rosail), Strath Oykel; and ~ E.on UK Renewables Ltd for 19 turbines at Rosehall Hill Forest, Rosehall.
On October 1 2006, new laws will come into force to protect workers from age discrimination. The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations will make it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees, trainees or job seekers because of their age and ensure that all workers, regardless of age, have the same rights in terms of training and promotion.
SUMMARY The August 2006 unemployment figures were released on 13th September 2006. During the month, July 2006 to August 2006, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Great Britain fell by 0.3%, from 932,191 to 929,498 (2,693 claimants).
Envirowise was launched in 1994. The programme was designed specifically to encourage the sharing of best practice across UK industry, helping businesses boost competitiveness through improved environmental performance and more efficient use of resources.
The issues surrounding the employment of migrant workers are the subject of this month's Hot Topic on LearningWorks, the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) website dedicated to online training and learning. LearningWorks explores the key issues employers should be aware of when employing migrant workers, with links to new information about work permits and the workers registration team.
Those looking to start their own business in the creative industries are being given a unique opportunity to take advantage of contracts available from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The Indiepreneur programme has two contracts available for new, recent or upcoming businesses involved in the creative industries across the Highlands and Islands.
Pupils at Farr High School in Bettyhill near Thurso have been recognised at the Highland and Islands' leading business awards ceremony for their excellence in engineering. Farr High School Young Engineers Club collected the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) Highlands and Islands Young Engineers Club of the Year Award at the organisation's Highlands and Islands Dinner and Awards ceremony which took place last night (Friday) at the Highland Conference Centre in Nairn.
Ross-shire young entrepreneur David Skea (20) has won the Highland final of the 2006 Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) and Royal Bank of Scotland Business Awards. David from Alness started his business in 2004 marketing diver-caught shellfish.
ENTERPRISE funding has been secured to enable a range of Seafood Scotland (SFS) market development services to continue to be delivered to the Highlands and Islands seafood sector. The £57,000 financial package from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) will provide funding towards the costs incurred by SFS in the Highlands and Islands over the next two years and builds on the success of a previous package of assistance.
FOOD and drink producers in the Highlands and Islands are invited to come along to the Inverness Caledonian Thistle stadium on September 26 to learn some valuable advice on developing their business operation. The event, featuring a number of leading speakers, is the first in a new programme of meetings organised by the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Forum.
An E-learning system developed by The Highland Council to train staff on Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit fraud awareness is such a success that it is now being used by 270 other local authorities across the UK. The training package entitled "Focus on Fraud Awareness" makes the process of delivering quality training to a large number of front-line staff spread across a large geographical area both effective and efficient.
Two of the north's top websites have teamed up to offer local companies and organisations a cost-effective alternative to the so-called traditional media when they need to advertise for new staff. For as little as £80 (ex VAT) for voluntary organisations, or £100 per week for other recruiters, job vacancies in Caithness, Sutherland and Orkney can now be advertised on www.hijobs.co.uk, covering the whole of the Highlands and Islands, and here on Caithness.Org, Scotland's most popular community website.
The well-known hostel at Helmsdale run by the Scottish Youth Hostel Association was put up for sale and many folk thought that was the end of an era. However the hostel was bought by Irene Drummond and after a lot of work reopened earlier this year.
The prestigious Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards sponsored by Scottish Provincial Press, Royal Bank of Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise & AVC Media are the annual celebration and recognition of the best of the Industry and this year the event will focus on those important values that give the Highlands and Islands their true sense of place for visitors from around the world - one Hundred Thousand welcomes (ceud mile failte). Tourism businesses throughout the region are invited to apply for any ofthe thirteen awards.