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13/7/2020
Hairdressers And Barbers To Re-open In Scotland
Hairdressers and barbers are preparing to re-open on 15 July under the Scottish Government's route map out of lockdown.   To ensure salons can safely re-open new guidance has been published for the sector.  
13/7/2020
Is Your Sutherland Bausiness Re-opening? - Let Us Know To Get Mentioned On These Pages
If you are a Sutherland business re-opening this week or in coming weeks get in touch.   Let us know the date and what arrangements you are making.  
13/7/2020
High Life Highland Plans To BouncebackThumbnail for article : High Life Highland Plans To Bounceback
High Life Highland has written to members advising how the charity plans to "bounceback" from the global pandemic in line with the latest developments within Scottish Government Route Map to recovery.   Steve Walsh, High Life Highland's Chief Executive, said, "We care passionately about what we deliver to enhance the health and wellbeing our communities and are really looking forward to welcoming our many customers back to our facilities and services over the forthcoming weeks and months and I am delighted that our bounceback campaign is already taking shape across all of our services.  
8/7/2020
HMRC - Notice For Employers About The Chancellors AnnouncementsThumbnail for article : HMRC - Notice For Employers About The Chancellors Announcements
Today the Chancellor announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus.   This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021.  
8/7/2020
Next Steps For People Shielding
Pause on shielding to be considered.   Advice for people who are shielding is to change in the coming month.  
8/7/2020
Chancellor Announces Another Raft Of Spending To Boost The Economy - A Plan For Jobs Speech
Rishi Sunak MP the Chancellor of the Exchequer speech today 8 July 2020 in the House of Commons.   Several significant announcements were made to boost spending and jobs.  
8/7/2020
Over A Million Bounce Back Loans Approved For Small Businesses
On the eve of the Chancellor's summer economic update in Parliament, new figures reveal today that the number of Bounce Back loans approved for small firms to help them survive the Coronavirus pandemic has passed the one million milestone.   The Bounce Back Loan Scheme has been a success in providing firms with vital government-backed loans at a low, affordable rate and with no interest or repayments due in the first year.  
8/7/2020
Quarantine Rule Ends For Travellers Arriving From Lower Risk Countries And Territories
Public health measure lifted for some overseas travellers arriving in Scotland.   Passengers arriving in Scotland from 57 overseas destinations that have similar or lower levels of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection than Scotland will no longer need to quarantine.  
6/7/2020
Council Relaxes Some Controls For Covid-19 Business Recovery
Following on from the recent publication of Highland Council's Supporting Economic Recovery in Highland - A Guide for Businesses - the Council is announcing relaxation of some controls that will assist tourist accommodation providers have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.   In recognition of this where there are specific planning and licensing controls in relation to occupancy, for example: a restriction on the occupancy of any caravan for a continuous 12 month period; or where conditions restrict occupancy for specific periods of time, ...these will be relaxed by the Council up to and including April 2021.  
6/7/2020
Highland Play Parks To Re-open GraduallThumbnail for article : Highland Play Parks To Re-open Graduall
The Highland Council is planning to re-open play areas across the region throughout summer.  Advice was provided by the Scottish Government on 28 June as to the safety measures that should be applied.  
6/7/2020
Hmrc Latest Covid-19 SupportThumbnail for article : Hmrc Latest Covid-19 Support
Recent changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme mean you can now bring previously furloughed employees back to work to suit the needs of your business.   From August, the level of the grant will be slowly reduced and employers will be asked to contribute towards the cost of employees' wages.  
6/7/2020
Supporting Outdoor Hospitality
Helping businesses adapt to physical distancing measures.   Pubs, restaurants and cafes in Scotland will have greater flexibility to make use of outside spaces, as outdoor hospitality resumes from 6 July 2020.  
6/7/2020
Socialising Safely - Restrictions On Outdoor Hospitality Industry Eased
People are being encouraged to socialise safely as beer gardens and pavement cafes across Scotland re-open.   As the hospitality sector gradually eases out of lockdown new measures to ensure the health and safety of customers and staff will be in place including the collection of customer's contact details to allow contact tracing if necessary.  
4/7/2020
New Buses Replace The Interdecks That Many Complained AboutThumbnail for article : New Buses Replace The Interdecks That Many Complained About
Stagecoach welcomes new look vehicles to the Highlands.   Stagecoach Highlands has welcomed the first of their new-look vehicles to Inverness.  
4/7/2020
Highland Seaweed Firm Embarks On Expansion After £1.7m InvestmentThumbnail for article : Highland Seaweed Firm Embarks On Expansion After £1.7m Investment
SHORe the Scottish Seaweed Company (SHORE), the trading name of the Alness based seaweed processing company New Wave Foods Ltd, has expanded its product range having secured a £1.7million finance package.   The company has one of its bases at the industrial estate near Wick airport.  
3/7/2020
Digital Learning Success For Highland Council Schools And StaffThumbnail for article : Digital Learning Success For Highland Council Schools And Staff
The Highland Council was one of the first local authorities in Scotland recognised to develop a Schools Digital Learning Hub, which provides a resource for staff, parents and pupils to support home learning.   Prior to Covid-19, we had an estate of 27,000 Chromebooks that were already a part of our ICT in Learning Strategy.  
3/7/2020
UK Shared Prosperity Fund From The EU - Uncertainty Over Replacement FundingThumbnail for article : UK Shared Prosperity Fund From The EU - Uncertainty Over Replacement Funding
You may know little but huge sums of money about EU funding came to the UK from the EU.   Highland in particular gain funds under several headings.  
3/7/2020
Northlands Creative Glass Takes Unique Film Festival Online After Covid CancellationThumbnail for article : Northlands Creative Glass Takes Unique Film Festival Online After Covid Cancellation
Unveiling of the Inaugural Glass, Meet the Future Festival 3 July -17 July 2020 Northlands Creative Glass GMTF UNVEILS ITS AMBITIOUS AND DIVERSE FILM PROGRAMME REFLECTING TODAY'S GLASS COMMUNITY Scotland's arts links with Japan are being supported by over £100,000 from a partnership between British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland.  Following an open call for proposals, which drew 24 responses from individuals and organisations working across the Scottish arts sector, North Lands Creative was selected to receive a share of the funding.  
3/7/2020
SRUC Unveils Refreshed Vision And Mission Focused On Sustainable Natural Economy
Natural evolution.   A focus on the sustainable natural economy is at the heart of a refreshed vision and mission for Scotland's Rural College (SRUC).  
2/7/2020
Cross Border Drugs Operation Welcomed - Hundreds Of Arrests - Seized Cash Drugs Cars And More
Seizure of controlled drugs with a street value of over £25 million.   Cocaine, heroin, cannabis, herbal cannabis siezed.