A young Highland businessman is branching out into the timber haulage industry with the help of his local enterprise company. Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) has approved a development grant of up to £10,700 for Gordon MacKenzie of Kinbrace Garage in north west Sutherland towards the purchase of an excavator and trailer plus ancillary equipment which will enable him to handle and haul timber extracted from nearby Rhimsdale Forest.
The biggest ever visitor survey in the Highlands - to find out what visitors really think of the area's tourist experience - is just getting underway. Almost 5,000 interviews are set to be carried out over the next twelve months with the results expected to give invaluable information to both tourism businesses and the industry's planners.
Thirteen hard-working dogs and handlers achieved the Kennel Club's Good Citizen Bronze and Silver awards on Saturday 27 April at the Pittentrail Community Hall in Rogart. The awards are won by the dogs carrying out various exercises, all of which have practical uses in everyday life such as walking nicely on the lead, coming back when called, staying in one place when instructed and various other accomplishments.
The day to day reality of running a community website - once the first flush of enthusiasm has passed - will be at the heart of discussions during a two-day conference in Inverness later this week (18/19 April 2002). As website technology becomes cheaper and easier, more and more communities are looking to publicise their activities and attract visitors through the internet, with sites springing up all the time.
Welcome to everyone, the Sutherland Business Index is now open for business. The first part of our new project in Sutherland is to get businesses listed in these pages and so, over the next 12 weeks, we will be contacting as many businesses as we can find to make sure we have the correct contact details for them.