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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.  
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.  
Do You Know Someone Who Needs To Improve Their English?Thumbnail for article : Do You Know Someone Who Needs To Improve Their English?
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 for more information Starting March 1st 2007 Interested? Contact llcenglish[AT] 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.  
To tax or not to tax - a guide to trading online
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.  
Sticking to just one resolution is a recipe for success says npower businessThumbnail for article : Sticking to just one resolution is a recipe for success says npower business
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.  
Enterprising Britain 2007 Competition
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.  
Highlands Set For Faroese Tourism Boost
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.  
Young Highland Entrepreneurs Urged To Beat The Business Blues Back
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.  
Highland Recycling Firm Fined 2,000 For Polluting BurnThumbnail for article : Highland Recycling Firm Fined 2,000 For Polluting Burn
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.  
Renewables Supply Chain Business Opportunities
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 There are still places left so get in touch with the organisers .  
Dornoch Hogmanay Street PartyThumbnail for article : Dornoch Hogmanay Street Party
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.  
New Apprenticeship For Local Food Growers - A Great Opportunity
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.  
Drumbeg Stores - Best Village Shop - Post OfficeThumbnail for article : Drumbeg Stores - Best Village Shop - Post Office
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.  
Win A Trip To Boston To Help Your Business Grow
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.  
Public Invited To Attend HIE Board Meeting
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.  
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.  
The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion
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.  
Sutherland Local Access Forum Setting a PaceThumbnail for article : Sutherland Local Access Forum Setting a Pace
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.