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SCC welcomes Enterprise and Skills Report but calls for detailed monitoring of progress

Scottish Chambers of Commerce has welcomed today’s publication of the second phase report of the Scottish Government’s Enterprise and Skills Review. However, it has called for close scrutiny of the new agency structure’s achievements over the coming years to ensure quick and effective progress.

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NDA doubles Wick harbour gate funding

Up to £1 million to go towards project

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SCC: Government must act to stimulate demand and investment

The Bank of England is walking a very narrow line on monetary policy and a rise in interest rates may come sooner rather than later following the narrow vote to maintain interest rates at 0.25% and the onus is now on Government to take steps to bolster demand and investment.

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SCC: Productivity and reskilling must be Government employment priorities

Scottish Chambers of Commerce have welcomed the news that Scottish unemployment fell by 17,000 and employment rose by 14,000 in the three months to April, but has called for continued action to make sure that this trend continues in future.  

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Enterprise agency appoints chief executive

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has appointed a new chief executive. Charlotte Wright, who is currently the agency’s Director of Business and Sector Development, has held the role of Interim Chief Executive since the end of August last year.

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SCC: It’s time to cut VAT to bolster demand

The news that inflation has risen to 2.9% has reinforced the case for a temporary reduction in VAT, according to the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

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Work underway to construct new ice plant at Scrabster

Scrabster Harbour Trust has announced its £1.1 million ice plant is scheduled to be completed by the end of this month and will be in operation for the fishing industry this summer.

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Exhibit and Sell at North Lands 2017

North Lands to open doors to new gallery and retail space

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#WomenWhoLead: Industry first as new Scottish mentoring programme launched for women-led businesses

'Women's Business Mentoring' launched nationwide on 1st June 2017 with some of the most recognisable and successful Scottish businesswomen leading the way. This initiative brings together the connectivity and entrepreneurial spirit of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Network, Women's Enterprise Scotland and Scotland's leading women entrepreneurs: Liz Cameron OBE of…

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North Lands Creative Glass bags £5,000 from carrier bag charge fund

North Lands Creative Glass is delighted to announce it has bagged £5,000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

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SCC: Business sets out its Brexit priorities

With only a week to go before the General Election, Scotland’s businesses are focusing on the issue that is the key reason why this election is taking place at all: Brexit. Scottish Chambers of Commerce have consistently championed the key priorities for business throughout the referendum and its aftermath and…

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North Highland College UHI Engineering and Construction Summer Programme

North Highland College UHI are inviting applications for the Engineering and Construction Employability Essentials summer programme.

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Macleod and MacCallum Introduce New App

New app ensures that you can always access important information.

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North Highland College UHI in agreement to deliver engineering skills

A new three-year partnership agreement between North Highland College UHI and Nigg Skills Academy has been signed to deliver engineering skills and qualifications to the Ross-Shire area at their academy in Nigg.

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Caithness Primary Pupils in Junior Dragons’ Den Event

Junior dragons’ den event showcases enterprising skills of caithness primary pupils

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SCC: Industrial strategy needs governments to work together

The next UK Government will have a crucial task ahead in constructing an industrial strategy that will deliver for all of the UK and which will deliver the skills and talents that Scottish businesses need to succeed.

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SCC: Next UK Government Must Act to Open Up Opportunity for Business

With three weeks to go until the UK General Election, one of the most important issues for Scottish businesses will be the next Government’s approach to taxation. This week, Scottish Chambers of Commerce has called for the new administration’s first Budget to take decisive action to reduce key taxes to…

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Refurbished Northern Sands Hotel Opens

The popular Dunnet hotel has been given a new lease of life.

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SCC: Politicians must address the inflation and growth challenge

Today’s news that inflation has jumped to 2.7% has confirmed long-held expectations and highlighted growing concerns over the capacity for businesses to contain rising costs and the potential threat to consumer demand, as disposable incomes become squeezed.

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SCC: Tackling business’ core costs remains vital for next UK Government

The Bank of England is expecting three further years of above-target inflation in the UK, whilst GDP growth projections this year are down marginally this year to 1.9% but up slightly to 1.7% and 1.8% in each of the next two years.

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SCC: New Scotland Office must redefine its role to support business

A new UK Government will herald new opportunities for it to work more closely and effectively with Scotland’s businesses; and Scottish Chambers of Commerce has called for a renewed role for the Scotland Office in generating new partnerships to help grow Scotland’s economy.

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SCC - Making the Voice of Business Heard

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce network has published its business priorities ahead of the UK General Election. During the next five weeks, Scotland’s biggest business network will be focusing on three key areas: Brexit, taxation and the role of the UK Government in Scotland.

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Spending on SMEs must be increased, hopefuls told

Trudy Morris, Chief Executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, comments on Highland Council's procurement spend on local businesses.

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SCC: Subdued Scottish economy needs clear steer from Government

Scottish Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Indicator engages with five of Scotland’s key business sectors: Construction, Financial and Business Services, Manufacturing, Retail & Wholesale, and Tourism.

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Construction completed at Falls of Shin

The new visitor attraction at Falls of Shin moved a step closer to opening this week with the completion of the external construction work.

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