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Keeping You Informed – 31st August 2021

Our round up of the latest news and information affecting livelihoods and businesses on Skye.

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Research Into Role That Creativity Has Played for SME’s in the Tourism Industry in Coping With COVID Pandemic

This research project aims to explore the role creativity has played in how hospitality businesses have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and initial lockdown period. By understanding how creativity impacts success during a crisis, there is scope to improve future outcomes for hospitality businesses. We would greatly appreciate your insights to inform this research.

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Skye Farms and Crofts Feature on Farm Advisory Service Scotland YouTube Channel

Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) provides information and resources aimed at increasing the profitability and sustainability of farms and crofts.

CMAL Appoints Design Consultant for Small Vessel Replacement Programme

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has appointed ferry design consultancy Navalue to lead the concept design of its Small Vessel Replacement Programme (SVRP). Navalue will provide consultancy services for the concept design stage of the programme, which will see several small vehicle and passenger vessels replaced on the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) network.

Economic Impact of Self-Catering Sector to the Scottish Economy from ASSC

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Kickstart Scheme to Help Employers Take on Young Employees

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers: 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months associated employer National Insurance contributions minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 December 2021. You’ll get funding until 30 June 2022 if a young person starts their job on 31 December 2021. Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.

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