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Mini Bite – from Alistair Danter – 31st October 2022

In Alistair's Mini Bite below you'll find information on Alistair Danter's work as Project Manager for SkyeConnect.

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Storms, watery sunshine ….. and a new Prime Minister ….again! Lots going on and SkyeConnect has been keeping busy. The conference season is upon us and it makes a welcome change to meet up with other businesses, share problems and have a blether …. We would encourage all businesses to try and get to at least one industry event this autumn….. they do help to recharge your batteries! Here’s a few snippets of activity including news of our own Conference that’s less than three weeks away.

SkyeConnect Autumn Business Conference

Tickets are now on sale for the SkyeConnect Autumn Business Conference on the 16th November from 1:30 – 5:30 pm at Seamas’ Bar, Sligachan. “Reunite, Regroup, Recover” features panels of guests sharing their experience of dealing with the many challenges facing every business. We’ll also explore some “dangerous ideas” for getting business through the cost of living crisis and for developing our sector. Tickets cost £20 for non-members and just £5 for members of SkyeConnect. Click here for further info and tickets

Footpath Renovation

For those of you who still have guests please advise them if they are visiting the Fairy Pools or the Old Man of Storr there will be footpath renovation works taking place in the next couple of months. Both will involve Helicopter lifts at various times – weather permitting. Please could you also advise visitors that revegetation works are on-going at the Quiraing and Old Man of Storr. Staying on the paths and avoiding roped off areas is really important. The revegetation works is particularly challenging given the nature of the terrain and permanent visitor presence.

We need you! 

Many of you have responded to our Autumn business survey – A big thanks to you!  The more responses we get, the more robust the survey findings are so if you have not yet shared your views, please click here, and tell us what you think before this survey closes. 

West Highland College Learning Opportunities

As we move into the quieter period there are some great opportunities for updating business skills or taking advantage of staff training offers. Our friends at West Highland College have a suite of health and safety courses available at the campus in Portree, while Business Gateway and VisitScotland have some great learning opportunities too.

14th, 15th & 17th November IOSH MS – Portree

28th November Emergency First Aid at Work – Portree

29th November Emergency First Aid at Work – Portree

Green Tourism Business Scheme

At the recent Highland Tourism Partnership event we had a presentation from the Green Tourism Business Scheme which currently has a great introductory offer for new members. Under the Visit Scotland Destination Net Zero Offer eligible businesses can get up to £500 off their first year’s Green Tourism membership. As first-year fees range from £270-£870 inclusive of VAT and registration fee, that could mean free membership for a year.

Highland Tourism Autumn Conference

Tickets are now on sale for the Highland Tourism Autumn Conference on the 29th November at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness 

Ferry Good News!

Finally, the Scottish Government has announced that work has begun to procure two new ferries to improve the resilience of the service in the Clyde and the Skye-Lochmaddy-Tarbert triangle. It is expected the £115 million pound contract will be awarded by the end of the year. The news is to be welcomed after several turbulent years with reduced services impacting on communities and visitors alike. We hope it’s all plain sailing through to 2026 when these new ferries and four others are due to enter service.

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