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Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust - Adaptive and Collaborative Communities Awarded £249,168
Eleven community organisations in the Highlands and Islands have been awarded a total of £1.5m to develop and deliver long-term solutions to tackle poverty based on local priorities and needs The Aspiring Communities Fund, which levers in European Social Funds, was launched by the Scottish Government in 2017 to help reduce poverty and enable inclusive growth in disadvantaged and fragile communities across Scotland.   Regional development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), helped community organisations in the region to apply to this recent round of funding.  
East Sutherland Rescue Association Awarded £11,359 By Rescue Grant Boat FundThumbnail for article : East Sutherland Rescue Association Awarded £11,359 By Rescue Grant Boat Fund
- vital Search and Rescue teams to receive share of £1 million to boost resources.   - grants will fund lifeboats and kit for volunteer search teams - fund has awarded almost £6 million to date, saving lives on UK waterways - volunteer organisations undertaking lifesaving search and rescue work are set to benefit from a £1 million boost for vital new equipment.  
Contract Awarded To Design Sutherland Spaceport
Architects have been appointed to design the spaceport that is being developed to launch small satellites from the Highlands.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is leading the £17.5m Space Hub Sutherland project, including a £2.5m grant from the UK Space Agency (UKSA).  
Dornoch Brothers Raise a Glass to New Micro DistilleryThumbnail for article : Dornoch Brothers Raise a Glass to New Micro Distillery
Two brothers are celebrating as the first spirit at their new micro distillery in Dornoch began to flow this month.   Phil and Simon Thompson's dream of opening their own distillery has become a reality as the Dornoch Distillery opened for business producing hand distilled gin, vodka, rum and whisky.  
Fibre broadband for Sutherland village of ArdgayThumbnail for article : Fibre broadband for Sutherland village of Ardgay
High speed fibre broadband is now available to order in Ardgay.   Fibre services are completely different to existing broadband services, and download speeds in the village will see a boost from a previous maximum of 8Mbps, to up to 76Mbps.  
Opening of community-owned sports pavilion celebrated with Shinty Sixes tournament
A new community-owned sports facility is being formally opened in Sutherland later this week.   The Scourie Sports Pavilion will be opened on Saturday 7 June by Lady Jane Grosvenor followed by the annual Far North Shinty Sixes competition.  
Events highlight benefits of Woodland CroftsThumbnail for article : Events highlight benefits of Woodland Crofts
A series of events is underway to provide information and advice to anyone interested in woodland crofts.  The Scottish Crofting Federation, the Community Woodlands Association and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust have joined forces to form the Woodland Crofts Partnership.  
Don't let Bonfire Night rocket out of controlThumbnail for article : Don't let Bonfire Night rocket out of control
Issued by Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service.   Around this time of year people will be preparing for Bonfire night and young children in particular will be looking forward to the evening.  
Northern Constabulary Achieves Highest Ever Detection Rate
The first meeting of the new Northern Joint Police Board members heard today that Northern Constabulary achieved the highest ever detection rate by the Force last year and remains one of the highest performing Forces in the UK.   The detection rate stood at 67% (class 1 to 5) by the end of an extremely busy year from April 2011-12 and 4% up on the previous year.  
Farm Watch Scheme In Sutherland
Successful Farm Watch scheme is rolled out in Caithness, Sutherland and East Ross.   Northern Constabulary is delighted to announce the roll out of the successful Farm Watch initiative to the Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire areas.  
Police - Three Days Of Action Against Uninsured Drivers
Today Northern Constabulary joins Scotland's other Police forces for three days of action, coordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, to target those who drive without suitable insurance.   The campaign runs from Tuesday April 3 and concludes on Friday April 6, 2012.  
Fines Soar For Mobile Phone Use When Driving In Highland
Police warning about use of mobile phones whilst driving.   Drivers across the Highlands and Islands are being warned to concentrate on driving and not to use handheld mobile phones or other communication devices behind the wheel.  
Sharing Services at Lairg
A new partnership is being introduced in Lairg on Monday (17 October 2011) when the public will be able to source advice and information on police and Council matters from under the one roof.   The Highland Council is moving its Service Point from New Buildings, Main Street into the Northern Constabulary office on the same street.  
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.  
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.  
Market Development Scheme Worth 9.2 Million In Food And Drink Sales
Highlands and Islands food and drink producers have attributed 9.2 million of new sales to events and exhibitions organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), through its UK Market Development programme.   A recent evaluation of the programme commissioned by HIE has demonstrated that bringing together food and drink producers and buyers is an effective way for speciality companies in the Highlands and Islands to do business.  
Replica of Helmsdale Memorial 'The Emigrants' Heading For CanadaThumbnail for article : Replica of Helmsdale Memorial 'The Emigrants' Heading For Canada
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.