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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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Government support needed to tackle digital skills needs

Digital skills are increasingly important to the operation of businesses in Scotland but companies are facing a shortage of skills in their workforce which is hampering productivity, according to a new survey conducted across the UK by the British Chambers of Commerce.

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Scottish Chambers of Commerce announces new President

Scottish Chambers of Commerce announces the appointment of Tim Allan as its new President, taking on the role from Nora Senior who stands down after four years in office. Tim Allan will serve in the non-exec post from April 2017 to March 2019.

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Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference 2017 looks to the future

The future of Scotland's renewable energy industry will be the focus of the 8th annual Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC), which takes place on 25 April at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority appoints David Peattie as Chief Executive Officer

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has announced the appointment of David Peattie as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

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NEW ROLE: Strategic Marketing Graduate

Caithness Chamber of Commerce has a 12 month graduate vacancy to support the promotion of a new initiative called “Recruit North Highlands”. The successful candidate will be based in Thurso and work alongside other key members of the team to develop an overarching marketing strategy; social media strategy and a…

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SCC: Rates cap a good start but anomalies must be addressed

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s deal on business rates for the north east and the hospitality sector, announced today, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:"We welcome the Scottish Government’s recognition that this year’s business rates revaluation is causing major problems for a large number of Scottish…

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Scottish Budget Bill: Growth, Not Tax, Is The Answer

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament’s debate on the Budget Bill on Thursday 2 February, Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) have warned over any moves to increase the Draft Budget’s tax plans even further.

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Scrabster Harbour looks forward with confidence in 2017

Scotland’s most northerly mainland commercial port, Scrabster Harbour Trust enjoyed continued strong success in 2016 bringing in more than £2.95 million in revenues from increased port activity.

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Latest Scottish Economic Survey results - 2017: “Same as usual” no longer an option

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. These findings, released in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute show the position of businesses for the fourth quarter of…

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Reminder to Caithness businesses on TV licensing ahead of 2017

Caithness Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with TV Licensing Scotland to encourage businesses in the area to prepare for the New Year by ensuring they are correctly licensed.

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Scottish Budget must deliver funding for vital A9 project

Scottish Chambers of Commerce has called on the Scottish Government to use its additional capital spending to tackle key bottlenecks in Scotland’s transport infrastructure, starting with the notorious Berriedale Braes section of the A9 in Caithness.

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Harper Macleod launches new Highlands estate agency website

Chamber member Harper Macleod has unveiled a brand new stand-alone website for its estate agency practice in Inverness and the Highlands and Islands.

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SCC: Time to reimagine Scotland’s international trading alliances

Scottish business must “take the initiative” by strengthening direct links with businesses overseas as the Brexit process unfolds, the Chair of Scottish Chambers of Commerce will tell guests at the network’s 24th Annual Business Address tonight. In her final speech as SCC Chair, Nora Senior, will outline the Chambers’ priority…

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SCC comment on the Autumn Statement

Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has today welcomed the clear focus on infrastructure in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement and, whilst a number of his proposals apply to England only, the additional capital revenues that will accrue to the Scottish Government will enable an increase in its planned…

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Are you prepared for this winter?

Following some straightforward practical steps could reduce risk associated with winter flooding on your business, and reduce insurance premiums and claims.

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NEW ROLE: Modern Apprentice Business Administration (16-19 year old)

An exciting opportunity for a personable 16 – 19 year old who wants to start their career. This is a 12-month developmental role with an opportunity to achieve a SVQ Level 3 in Business Administration. You will be given practical experience and the qualifications you need to develop your skills…

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Wick man keeping Far North trains on-track

Rail travellers on the Far North Line will now benefit from the expertise of engineer John Sutherland who’s responsible for inspecting and maintaining the trains around Caithness.

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Airport Expansion - It’s time to deliver

Commenting on the UK Government’s decision on Airport Expansion in the South East of England, Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) have called for the process to be accelerated to ensure that Scotland and the UK benefits from the investment as soon as possible.

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Route helps gin firm grow – fast

The Caithness-based producers of the award-winning Rock Rose Gin have had to fast-track expansion plans because of the North Coast 500.

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Inflation still under control - for the moment

Commenting on the release of official data which shows that inflation rose by 1.0% in September 2016, Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) have signalled that rising inflation is likely to be a feature of our economy in the months to come.

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Scottish Chambers of Commerce network proposes comprehensive reform of Scotland’s business rates

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) Network has proposed a comprehensive package of reforms aimed at delivering long overdue improvements to Scotland’s business rates regime.

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Governments must invest to grow our economy

Commenting on the release of data which shows that Scotland’s economy grew by 0.4% in the second quarter of 2016, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

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