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Taxi Fare Increases Confirmed
Taxi fare increases in the Highlands have been confirmed by The Highland Council's Transport Environmental and Community Services Committee following a period of consultation with the trade and the public.   The increases take account of increases in the costs of operating taxis, such as rising diesel, petrol and insurance premiums and recognise that Highland taxi fares are amongst the lowest in Scotland.  
Go Ahead For Gordonbush Wind Farm
Ministers have approved the Gordonbush wind farm, near Brora in Sutherland, which will be capable of powering 37,000 homes.   The 87.5 Megawatt, 35 turbine wind farm will be subject to conditions to minimise any potential disturbance to local wildlife and to safeguard local interests.  
Open Evening at Drummuie, Golspie
There will be another chance for members of the public to look around The Highland Council's new flagship office complex in East Sutherland at Drummuie, Golspie, from 7pm to 8pm on Thursday 10 April.   This evening follows on from the open afternoon on Wednesday 2 April which had to be cut short due to a problem with the lift.  
Open Day at Drummuie, Golspie - 2 April 2008
The public is being invited to look around the The Highland Council's new flagship office complex in East Sutherland at Drummuie, Golspie, from 1-3 pm on Wednesday 2 April.  The impressive listed building, situated on the southern outskirts of Golspie, has undergone a total refurbishment to provide modern office accommodation for up to 130 administrative and professional staff from a number of Council Services.  
Highland Council in line for top recycling award
The Highland Council is in the frame to be crowned Scotland's top local authority for community recycling, at a major awards ceremony to be held next month.   Highland Council has made it through to the final stages of the competition and will now compete against both Falkirk and Moray Council for a chance to scoop the Local Authority Partnership Award, at this year's Community Recycling Network for Scotland (CRNS) 2008 Awards.  
Businesses join the crusade to put environmental concerns on..
Businesses in Scotland are helping create a boom in environmental tourism as increasing numbers of companies and organisations seek to establish their green credentials.   More than 600 businesses seeking to achieve a bronze, silver or gold standard award for their commitment to sustainable tourism applied to join The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) in the last twelve months.  
A three year 50-point action plan for regenerating the Caithness and North Sutherland economy has been agreed by key stakeholders.   The plan has been developed from the regeneration strategy which went out for consultation a year ago, and input from the Caithness Conference in September.  
Pupils Help Open North Coast Road Improvement
Two pupils from Melvich Primary School finished what they started today (Tuesday 4th December 2007) when they helped open the upgrading of the A 836 North Coast road, between Melvich and Strathy.  Aaron Mackay and Katrina Mackay cut the first turfs on the project in March of this year and today assisted Councillor John Laing, Chairman of The Highland Council's Transport Environmental and Community Services Committee to formally open the 3.4 million project.  
Council warns motorists to slow down near Sutherland school
Motorists are being warned that part time 20mph speed restrictions have been introduced at another school in Sutherland for children's safety.   The new speed limit is now in force at Rogart Primary and will operate when pupils are expected to be arriving or departing from the school.  
New Year Start For Work on A890 Stromeferry Bypass
Urgent remedial works to the rock faces on the south side of the A 890 Stromeferry Bypass, Wester Ross, will commence on 7 January, next year, and continue for an estimated eight weeks.   Due to the proximity of the road, traffic management will be necessary for the duration of the contract, which has been awarded to Skye Rope Access.  
Sutherland Core Paths Plan - One Step Closer
The Highland Council is one step closer to producing its first Core Paths Plan for Sutherland.  This plan has been developed through public consultation and advice from the Sutherland Local Access Forum.  
Dr Paul Fifield, a world renowned marketing strategist, is to deliver a talk on marketing for smaller businesses in Inverness on November 15 at the invitation of The Chartered Institute of Marketing in Scotland (CIM).   Dr Fifield has over 30 years' experience in marketing and was a member of the CIM International Board of Trustees 2002-2004.  
B&B Owner Joan Campbell Celebrates Silver Thistle SuccessThumbnail for article : B&B Owner Joan Campbell Celebrates Silver Thistle Success
A Highland woman has become the first ever bed and breakfast owner to scoop the most prestigious prize in the Scottish tourism industry for 2007.   Joan Campbell's Silver Thistle success is a fitting end to over thirty years in the tourism industry and comes in the same week that the Sutherland businesswoman announced her retirement from running the Sheiling B&B near Thurso.  
Calling All Entrepreneurs - Win a Two Day Trip To An Event In Glasgow
Is your business a winner? Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is offering a two-day trip worth 1,000 to a high-profile event in Glasgow for Scotland's leading entrepreneurs.   If your business is based within the HIE geographical area, you've got at least one ready-for-market product or service and are actively seeking ways to expand your sales base beyond local boundaries, you are eligible to win a maximum of two delegate places at this prestigious event taking place on Friday 5th - Saturday 6th October 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 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.  
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.  
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.  
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.