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17/7/2006
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Joanne B Kaar a caithness based paper maker has sent the following request - "I have been appointed as the artist-in-residence for Durness/Cape Wrath area.   It's a 3 month residency, and I will arrive in Durness on Friday 21st July.  
A9 Is Putting Brake On Development Say Firms
OVER 60 per cent of businesses surveyed in the Highlands and Central Belt want the A9 road to be fully dualled between Inverness and Perth, according to a report commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The survey was carried out as part of a broad ranging research programme by HIE to determine the future transport investment priorities for the region - identifying the options that will best support long-term economic development.  
4/7/2006
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Small businesses in Caithness and Sutherland are being encouraged to consider the benefits of becoming part of the largest organisation in the UK promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.   The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which is non-profit making and non-party political, has over 200,000 members UK wide, including the Caithness and Sutherland branch, which has over 200 members.  
CASE Approvals List - May 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
19/6/2006
Lorraine Dunnet - Owner Of The Quiet Piggy
An old Gaelic proverb says that the quiet piggy eats the most and that's where Lorraine Dunnett got the name of her Helmsdale restaurant.  But ask who enjoys living in Sutherland the most and you might be hard pushed to better the choice of this Maltese national who has made it her home from home.  
18/6/2006
Reducing Business Mileage? Have You Thought About Voice Conferencing?
The Government is planning to 'get tough' on the use of cars for business.  It's time to find new ways to keep in touch, says Andrew Pearce The Government is committed to reducing greenhouse gases by 12.5 percent by 2008, and one 'sustainable policy initiative' is to discourage the use of cars to attend business meetings.  
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A haven of temptation for chocoholics has opened in the Sutherland village of Durness, where a local resident has launched a luxury chocolate manufacturing business called Cocoa Mountain.   Chocolatier Paul Maden is offering mouth-watering delicacies such as Dark Chocolate truffle with coffee and sweet cinnamon, Whisky and vanilla coffee with bitter cocoa dust (adults only), and imported Turkish delight, dipped in a dark 73% Cuban chocolate.  
31/5/2006
Highland 2007 Secures Transport And Accommodation Package
Support for Highland 2007 is growing within the business community as a further three organisations become official partners to the year Scotland celebrates Highland culture.   The three, Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, Highlands and Islands Airports Limited and First Scotrail are each contributing a substantial package of in-kind promotional support.  
Highlands And Islands Enterprise Chairman Hails Area's Progress
A year of remarkable progress in the economy of the Highlands and Islands has significantly enhanced the area's potential to become one of the best regions in the world to live, work, study and visit.   That was the message from William Roe, chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) today as he announced the agency's performance against targets for the financial year 2005-06.  
29/5/2006
Dounreay News Bulletin Number 27 - May 2006
Issue 27 22 May 2006 6.5 MILLION VENTILATION UPGRADE ENABLES REACTOR DECOMMISSIONING TO PROCEED A key phase in the decommissioning of the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) has been completed with the installation of a replacement ventilation system, comprising 1.5 kilometres of stainless steel ducting and costing 6.5 million.   The 50-year-old ventilation needed to be replaced so that the sphere could be decommissioned safely.  
29/5/2006
SAC Gets New Funding For Courses In HIE Area
SAC has been awarded nearly 152,000 by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to fund the continuation of a training project in the highlands and islands area.  The renewed funding will support the project from August 2006 to July 2007.  
28/5/2006
Schools Contract Leads to Youth Employment Opportunities
The Highland Council, along with Morrison Construction and Tulloch, have announced that the PPP2 Contract recently signed between the Council and Alpha Schools will lead to increased employment and training opportunities for young people across the Highlands.   The agreement that has been concluded will see the two companies increase the number of apprentices and trainees in the construction industry.  
27/5/2006
How To Tackle Your Time Thieves
Graham Yemm, founder of Solutions 4 Training proves that we have all the time in the world if we challenge our time thieves.   Do you feel as though you are under time pressure for much of your day to day life? Do you think you are "cash rich, time poor"? So many people living in today's apparently increasingly busy and frenetic world feel as though they do not have enough time - yet we have all the time there is!! Why is it so many people struggle with this? Over the years of running various forms of time management training I have come to the conclusion that the reasons are simple.  
Seeking Super Apprentices Across The Highlands And Islands
HIGHLANDS and Islands apprentices and the people behind their success are being sought by the organisers of the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Awards 2006.  Apprentices, training providers, colleges and employers throughout the region are invited to enter this year's awards in a number of categories.  
24/5/2006
Mey Selections Adds 140k In Premium Prices For Local Farmers
North Highland Products - the operating company for the Mey Selections brand - has reported turnover of over 1.2m in its first five months of operation, with over 140,000 gained in premium payments to farmers by the end of March this year for branded beef and lamb.   Mey Selections was launched by The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay in August 2005 as part of his North Highland Initiative, which aims to boost the North Highlands economy by promoting its produce, tourism and the built environment.  
CASE Approvals List - April 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
9/5/2006
Time Ticking For Pick Of Scotland's Top Businesses
The National Business Awards for Scotland, sponsored by Orange, the annual national celebration of business excellence, is now open for entry.  But time is ticking for companies wishing to enter as the closing date for entry is midday 25th May 2006.  
9/5/2006
CBI Backs Smarter Working Campaign
The UK's leading business organisation has announced it will encourage the widespread adoption of smarter working practices, such as flexible working, mobile working, remote working and working from home.   The CBI is supporting Work Wise UK, a three-year campaign, as it recognises the potential to fundamentally change the nature of work in this country for the better, and at the same time increase business productivity and competitiveness.  
11/4/2006
Registration Of Private Landlords
Antisocial Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004 By 30th April 2006 landlords letting properties in Scotland should either be registered or have submitted a valid application for registration.  It will be an offence to let a property, (unless the property is exempt under the legislation) after this date without having either been registered or having submitted a valid application for registration.  
Ten Top Tips For Social Firm Success
Ten top tips for social enterprise companies will be offered at a busy conference in Strathpeffer next month.   Entitled 'A Different Way of Doing Business', the event has been organised by a trail-blazing company set up to help communities establish socially beneficial businesses.