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25th April 2021

Mini Bite – from Alistair Danter – 25th April 2021

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

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The week that has brought us a step closer to reopening and has also marked the 15th night of frost in the Highlands for April, something that hasn’t happened for a long time. So any of you feeling guilty about not having planted your tatties, don’t worry, you have done the right thing this year!

Life at SkyeConnect is as busy as ever. Here are a few highlights and details of some upcoming events.

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SkyeConnect Manifesto

Linked to the Hustings  we are running on 28th April (see below) we have released a SkyeConnect manifesto for the elections, you can see it at https://www.skye-connect.com/our-manifesto

Edinburgh Centre for Data Presentation

In recent years, we have established a good working relationship with the Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture and Society. The centre’s recent research looked at likely intentions to visit Edinburgh, Glasgow and Skye. We are pleased to be able to offer local operators the chance to sign up for a free presentation of the findings on  Thursday 29th April at 4.00 PM

You can register here.

Developing the Young Workforce Webinar

The local DYW (Developing the Young Workforce) programme is presenting a Hospitality Careers Insight webinar on Wednesday 28th April from 2.00-3.15pm. The event will showcase current hospitality jobs, apprenticeships and college courses and is aimed at pupils, school leavers and young people up to the age of 25. It is also open to college and university graduates, teachers, parents and carers. Information on the event can be found at: https://www.dywwesthighland.org/highland-hospitality-wants-you/

Sign up for Free tickets by registering via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/highland-hospitality-wants-you-tickets-150714592403

HIE Tune In To Tourism Webinar Highlights

Working with Lochaber Chamber of Commerce and HIE “Tune in to Tourism” during the second week of April, we presented 2 business support webinars – Staffing and Wellbeing following Covid & Brexit and The Business of reopening. The full versions and edited highlights of each webinar can be seen at the following links:

Full webinar 1, Staffing and Well-being: https://youtu.be/6y7iHcYaCm0

Highlights, webinar 1: https://youtu.be/zUT3MjXzL6s 

Full webinar 2, The Business of re-opening: https://youtu.be/FsWWLmospoE  

Highlights, webinar 2: https://youtu.be/t2d1yh1mVw0

Our READY, STEADY, OPEN Event

On the Tues 27th April we are running a Business to Business event READY, STEADY OPEN with important information on cleaning protocols and Visitor Management – Speakers Fiona Campbell ASSC and Chris Taylor VisitScotland, attendance is free, for a link to the event follow https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkf–qqDIrE9GXTcOJhkblvyYMkGDPJJ9A?mc_cid=abb137532c&mc_eid=UNIQID

MySkyeTime Launches Self Catering, B&B and Campsite Listings

Two new pages are now live on our website www.myskyetime.com this Sunday (25th April) – B&Bs and Campsites. Entries on these pages are membership benefits, there are no commission fees. Check out the recently added Self Catering page to see the style and presentation https://www.myskyetime.com/skye-self-catering/ You can sign up at https://www.skye-connect.com/join-us/. (***Any members not yet listed, will receive an email from David our website administrator. He’ll request you to send him images you would like to use for the site, you can contact him if you would prefer david.macdonald@skye-connect.com)

SkyeConnect Election Hustings

The event will be presented by SkyeConnect Chair, Dave Till and will provide members and the wider Skye Community with an opportunity to submit questions in advance to the four candidates for the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency – John Erskine (Scottish Labour Party), Kate Forbes (Scottish National Party), Jamie Halcro Johnston (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party) and Denis Rixson (Scottish Liberal Democrat party). The event is open to all and questions for the candidates can be submitted to info@skye-connect.com by 6.00pm on Wednesday 28th.  Questions must be accompanied by a full name an address. Anonymous questions will not be considered.

To register for the Hustings use the following link
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XhL8oSaRS6ifUHhVh7NFXg
On registration you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

In preparation for the Hustings, SkyeConnect has created its own manifesto and vision for the future of tourism, the economy and the environment of Skye. The vision can be viewed on our website: https://www.skye-connect.com/our-manifesto

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