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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month. Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.
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.
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.
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 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.
A RENOWNED North fishing hotel currently being restored to its former glory has landed a whopper of an idea to encourage guests to visit Central Sutherland. The Overscaig House Hotel between Lairg and Scourie has installed computer technology that will allow fishermen to view maps or satellite views of available trout lochs, find out how to get to them, see images and fishing records for the best spots and read all the top tips on the recommended ways to fish them.
Helping businesses conserve biodiversity across Scotland The Business and Biodiversity Initiative provides businesses with free practical, on site advice on ways they can contribute towards the conservation and enhancement of habitats and species locally and nationally. Enhancing biodiversity can have a wide range of benefits to businesses, including improved employee satisfaction, improved image, reduced noise and visual complaints from neighbours and improved environmental credentials.
The Bridge Hotel in Helmsdale has just been purchased by the owners of "The Quiet Piggy" in Brora. The Quiet Piggy in Brora is re-locating into the former fishing tackle shop which is part of the hotel.
Schmidt wins major order for spreaders and ploughs to tackle Scottish winters Scotland TranServ, winners of the £27m a year highways maintenance contract for North-West Scotland, has chosen Schmidt to supply salt spreaders, snowploughs, snow blowers and road verge grass cutting equipment in one of the largest single orders for British highways products. Whatever the weather, Scotland TranServ will be endeavouring to keep traffic moving throughout the North West Unit from Wick and John O'Groats through Skye, Fort William, Oban, Argyll, Perth and Loch Lomond.
POLICE can confirm they have located missing father and son Colin and Douglas Payton. Officers received information that the 49-year-old father and his 11-year-old son may be in Switzerland and following inquiries they were traced to an address in the country earlier this afternoon.
The Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) network is embarking on a programme of organisational change aimed at improving its service to customers and enhancing the agency’s efficiency and effectiveness. The changes have been expected since HIE launched its new strategy for the area, A Smart, Successful Highlands and Islands, in June last year.