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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
English Language Classes Intermediate to Advanced Level Open Learning for Cambridge and IELTS 6 month course for only £150.00 *Includes: Online tutor support Weekly online lessons 5 hour classes every 6 weeks 2 weekend residential conversation classes in the Scottish Highlands All books and materials Experience and qualified tutors *You may apply for an Individual Learning Account to cover costs up to £200. Visit www.ilascotland.org.uk for more information Starting March 1st 2007 Interested? Contact llcenglish[AT]yahoo.co.uk What is e-English? This is a brand new course aimed specifically at the new members of our community in the Highlands, who wish to improve their already effective English language skills and gain an internationally recognised certification.
A new internet-based guide, accessible via the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) website for people who trade online is being launched this week. It outlines the rules for people who trade online for a profit, as opposed to others who are just clearing low value items from the attic.
npower business is urging companies to turn over a new leaf in 2007 and commit to reducing the harmful carbon emissions which contribute to global warming. Many business owners and their staff will have started 2007 with a list of New Year's resolutions to improve health, wealth and happiness.
The search is on to find Scotland's enterprise champions, with the launch of the DTI's Enterprising Britain 2007 competition today. This year's competition was launched by Industry and Regions Minister Margaret Hodge and took place in West Kilbride, the winner of last year's hotly contested competition.
Shell Livewire is offering young entrepreneurs in the north of Scotland a helping hand to establish their business by hosting a unique event. 'Beat the Business Blues' is a free residential weekend course specially designed to provide the basic skills to get a new business off the ground or help a company less than three months old through the difficult early stages.
A joint marketing campaign between The Highland Council and VisitScotland could see between 5 - 6,000 cruise passengers from Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Norway visiting the North of Scotland and generating around £2.5 million to the Highland economy. Faroese ferry operators, Smyril Line, have just launched their 2007 brochure featuring holiday packages to the Scottish Highlands.
A company who polluted a watercourse killing fish and invertebrates after spreading waste illegally has been fined £2,000. At Dornoch Sheriff Court today (Monday 29 January) EMAC Recycling Ltd admitted spreading wood processing effluent from an MDF manufacturing process on fields not authorised for this activity at Clashmugach, Clashmore, Dornoch.
a seminar to inform local suppliers on the opportunities associated with the Rosehall wind farm development. The seminar will take place in Dornoch on 30 January from 10.40 to 12 followed by a buffet lunch, a wide variety of suppliers of products and services including accommodation are required for the project further details can be found within the attachment or there is a link to the notice on the Hi-Energy web-site at http://www.hi-energy.org.uk There are still places left so get in touch with the organisers .
A Hogmanay street party with a family feeling is how the Royal Burgh of Dornoch in Sutherland will be celebrating the New Year. Dornoch's Hogmanay street party will take place (Sunday 31st December, 2006) between 10:30pm and 1.00am in the Royal Burgh's Town Square.
Highlands and Islands Local Food Network (HILFN) is to set up a food apprenticeship to train a new generation of food growers in the area - the first course of its kind in Scotland. More and more consumers in the Highlands and Islands are choosing to eat healthily and shop locally which is leading to a shortage of locally grown fruit and vegetables in many parts of the north.
SCOTLAND'S BEST RURAL RETAILERS UNVEILED The Scottish winners of the Countryside Alliance Best Rural Retailer competition 2006 have been unveiled. The winners are: Best Local Food Retailer - Roddy MacLennan, Lochcarron, Wester Ross Daily Telegraph Best Traditional retailer - Watt the Butcher, Montrose, Angus Best village shop/Post Office - Drumbeg Village Stores, Drumbeg, Sutherland Best diversification - Fine Iron Design, Forteviot, Perthshire The four Scottish winners will now go forward to the UK final organised by the Countryside Alliance, and the four overall UK winners will be unveiled at the House of Lords in February 2007.
A team of 6th year pupils at Golspie High School will find out later this week if they've made the grade as a one-off enterprise programme concludes in a series of business presentations by them. The programme held over three, one-day workshops which started in September was designed by Dornoch-based management consultant Iain Fraser to expose the senior pupils to theories, processes and checklists in new product generation, strategic business thinking, marketing and entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurs with ambitious business plans are encouraged to enter a competition to win a trip to the world famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and UHI Millennium Institute (UHI) are offering a unique opportunity to help businesses reach their full potential.
HIGHLANDS and Islands Enterprise (HIE) will be holding its next board meeting in public for the first time on Tuesday, November 14. HIE conducts eight board meetings annually at various venues around the Highlands and Islands.