Caithness Chamber statement on the decision from Loganair to end their Wick – Edinburgh flight service.

13th March 2020

Regular, reliable regional aviation links are critical to our region’s continued economic success.  This is a significant market failure which will have serious short, medium and long-term economic impacts.  We need and expect urgent action from Scottish Government to address these. While there are particular external pressures on the regional aviation market at the current […]

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Scottish Businesses and Coronavirus

13th March 2020

Yesterday, it was announced by UK Government that we have moved from the containment to the delay stage in the Coronavirus pandemic. Implementing the delay stage means social distancing measures have been put in place with many public gatherings of 500 or more people being cancelled and many smaller events being cancelled or postponed as […]

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Caithness Chamber of Commerce comment on UK Budget 2020

12th March 2020

Speaking about the UK Budget delivered on 11 March 2020, Trudy Morris, Chief Executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chancellor has today (11 March) announced a substantial package of measures to support individuals and businesses impacted by coronavirus. This is a welcome recognition of the unprecedented potential for economic impact that coronavirus presents. […]

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Trudy’s Leader Magazine Column March 2020

11th March 2020

Apprenticeships have vital role to play for local firms Talent attraction and retention has long been an issue facing businesses in the North Highlands, and it is one which has come into focus in recent weeks due to the UK Government’s proposed new points-based system for immigration. Whatever your position on immigration policy, there is […]

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Tourism workshops getting under way in Thurso

11th March 2020

A SERIES of tourism information workshops will be delivered in Thurso during March. The events are being run by Thurso Community Development Trust with subject areas ranging from slow tourism to information sharing. Last year, under the Discover Thurso project, more than 100 tourism providers attended successful workshops aimed at improving tourism knowledge, increasing partnership […]

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Johnston Carmichael wins big at cloud accounting ‘Oscars’

9th March 2020

Johnston Carmichael, Scotland’s largest independent accountancy and business advisory firm, also a UK top 20 firm, has been recognised as Large Firm of the Year at the Xero Awards 2020 – the ‘Oscars’ of the cloud accounting world. The UK and Ireland awards, held this year in London’s Electric Brixton venue, were established to celebrate […]

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UK Budget needs to restore confidence and unlock investment across the UK – SCC

9th March 2020

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce calls for key commitments from Government: Support businesses to transition to new trading arrangements post Brexit Reduce the cost of VAT on the installation of energy-saving materials such as wind and water turbines Support Heathrow Airport expansion and review Air Passenger Duty as part of wider review of regional connectivity A […]

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‘A London-success for Caithness Arts Organisation’

9th March 2020

North Lands Creative has just completed a successful run at Collect, the international art and craft fair. This year, the Caithness-based arts organisation was selected to show with 40 other galleries from the UK and around the world at Somerset House in London to show a breadth of work made in the studio in Lybster […]

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University awarded £986,000 grant to expand peatland research

9th March 2020

A scientist from the University of the Highlands and Islands has been awarded £986,000 to undertake a major new research programme into the peatlands of northern Scotland. Dr Roxane Andersen from the Environmental Research Institute at North Highland College UHI will use the funding to explore how climate change could affect blanket bogs and to […]

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Scottish Chambers Network Update – Coronavirus

6th March 2020

As media coverage of the coronavirus increases, Scottish Chambers of Commerce felt it appropriate to share information on the issue. The first positive case of coronavirus in Scotland was confirmed on 2 March 2020 and the UK Government chaired a meeting of the government emergency COBR committee on the coronavirus outbreak to finalise a plan […]

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