Latest News

Please find below a range of stories from across the membership and the network. If you would like to submit a member story please send it to Cheryl King for inclusion on this page and our fortnightly Enewsletter.

New study to monitor safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines

Friday, 5 February 2021

The University of Dundee is seeking thousands of volunteers for a new study assessing the effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines as they are rolled out to the public.

Vaccines are crucial for reducing COVID-19 and the harm it causes to health. By taking part in the VAC4COVID study, people can help scientists and doctors understand people’s health experiences after vaccination and support public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.

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Edinburgh Airport passenger numbers decline to lowest level since 1995

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Edinburgh Airport recorded its lowest number of passengers since 1995 in the last 12 months, and the outlook is bleak as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

The airport handled a little under 3.5m passengers in 2020 – a 76% reduction on the previous year which is estimated to cost the Scottish economy around £1bn and over 21,000 jobs during the same period.

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Small businesses now able to apply directly to Kickstart

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Small businesses who want to hire young people through Kickstart will now be able to apply directly following a significant change in the rules announced recently by the UK Government.  When the £2bn programme to give young people a 6-month employment placement was launched last year, businesses could only apply directly if they could offer 30 or more jobs.    Companies who could not had to apply via a registered and approved Kickstart Gateway.  The Gateway would bundle 30 jobs or more from multiple employers together into a single application.  Now employers who have less than

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Some cheer in Budget and latest FM announcement

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

The First Minister’s announcement of a possible phased return of pupils to schools on 22nd February and her comment that she is “cautiously optimistic” that a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions may start in March have provided some positive cheer.  This follows the publication of the Scottish Government’s draft Budget last week that promised additional support for businesses hit hard by lockdown and the opening of more sector-specific business support Funds.  

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SK-IHS talk about Covid risk & workplace health protection

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Occupational Hygiene is all about protecting the worker from unnecessary exposure while ensuring compliance and in so doing protecting the employer from enforcement action. The principles we in Occupational Hygiene use are centred around recognising the presence of a hazard in the workplace, evaluating that potential for exposure and working on ensuring the controls necessary to achieve the required level of protection are developed, implemented or improved.

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Plant investment in safe hands

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

When Fife Ethylene Plant (FEP) temporarily shuts down in April to begin its £140 million investment project, the delivery will be in very safe hands.

For the man in charge of the project, Maarten ten Doesschate, has already overseen numerous such projects for ExxonMobil around the globe.

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New Jobs section on Vericall website launched to aid recruitment in Fife

Monday, 1 February 2021

VeriCall Ltd announces that it has been awarded a major new contract by a major integrated energy company, beginning today February 1st, 2021.

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Apprenticeship Employer Grant goes live with £15m

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

The Apprenticeship Employer Grant (AEG) was announced by the First Minister in December to help businesses take on more young people as apprentices.  AEG funding will be available for eligible employers where the apprenticeship start date was on or after 1st December 2020 and will be available for starts until 25th March 2020 or until funding levels are exceeded, whichever comes first.

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VisitScotland shifts its focus from marketing to funding and key parts of the tourism and events sector are in line for more financial support

Monday, 25 January 2021

VisitScotland has confirmed its focus over the next three months will be switching from marketing to funding as the tourism industry continues to reel from the effects of lockdown.  It’s immediate priority will be administering the allocation of some of the covid support funding for the sector that was announced by the Scottish Government before Christmas.  This will be targeted at specific sectors through a series of individual Funds.  Two of the eight new Funds have already closed to applicants while a third for Inbound Tour Operators

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Vouchers are helping many to get superfast speeds with Wellwood Communication

Monday, 25 January 2021

The Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS) provides up to £5,000 to install new faster broadband if you are in an area where traditional fibre broadband is not available.  Alternatively, if fibre broadband is on the horizon after December 2021 through the Scottish Government’s Reaching 100% Programme, you may be eligible for an interim voucher of up to £400 to access better speeds while you’re waiting for your superfast connection.

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