Mini Bite – from Alistair Danter –14th March 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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The news from Ukraine is dominating our thoughts. At the moment the impact on the coming season is impossible to predict. Conversations with businesses suggest that long haul international visitors may be holding off making bookings right now but the domestic market remains strong. We would urge readers to look at the findings from the latest Clearsite report published in February https://hcontent.bva-bdrc.com/clearsight

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Skye: The Island of Adventure and Discovery

Whether you’re looking to test yourself on a snowy expedition, get the adrenaline flowing on a freezing coasteering adventure, or looking to relax with local food, whisky and log fire… we’ve got something for you this winter!

Highland Council – Discretionary Grant Scheme

The Highland Council has announced a further round of the Discretionary Grant Scheme for businesses that have been unable to access other forms of support for the period December ’21 – end January ’22 – details can be found at https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/20016/coronavirus/962/discretionary_grant_scheme

Business Housing Survey – Survey Closed at 5pm on Monday 14th March

Businesses from all sectors are being asked to take part in a significant research project on the impact of housing issues on employers.  The research will not only provide accurate data on the scale of the problem, it will also seek solutions that will inform future lobbying of  Government’s and other public and private sector bodies. You can hear more about the issue and the details of the research through the Skyetime Podcast with Simon Cousins https://www.buzzsprout.com/852226/10135911

Any business interested in taking part in the research can access the survey here  https://skyeandlochalsh.com/

Climate Change Pledge

A joint initiative between Skye Climate Action and SkyeConnect will be launched shortly inviting businesses in the area to make a climate change pledge for their businesses. As part of the initiative SkyeConnect is offering a free web listing for one year on myskyetime.com for any B&B or Self Catering business that installs an EV charger. Further information will soon be available on our website www.skye-connect.com

Jobs Fair – Broadford Village Hall – Wednesday 16th March

Finishing touches have been put in place for the Employment fair that will take place in Broadford community hall on Wed 16th March from 10 – 3pm. Fifteen employers that are actively recruiting will be in attendance. THC, DYP and Developing the Young Work force will also have stalls at the event. If you are looking for work, or know someone that is, please encourage them to come along.

Integrated Transport in Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh

A series of meetings have been held with individuals, businesses and organisations interested in the development of an integrated transport system on Skye. Facilitated by the consultancy firm ARUP https://www.arup.com/expertise/services/technical-consulting/transport-consulting and paid for by THC and HiTrans the meetings have been a mix of face to face and online events. The findings will feed into the work of the Skye & Raasay Futures group.

Highland Tourism Partnership

The Highland Tourism Partnership meeting took place during the second week of March, bringing together DMO’s, Chambers and Tourist Associations from across the Highlands. Key topics of discussion included individual area and joint Highland region winter marketing campaigns, implementation issues in relation to Short Term lets, Highland Council proposals for visitor management plans in ’22 and the adoption by THC of a Tourism infrastructure plan for the entire Highland Region.

Winter Marketing Campaign Extension

VisitScotland has announced additional funding for DMOs to extend winter marketing campaigns. SkyeConnect is proposing to tweak existing messages to create an early spring campaign. The current Facebook campaign linked with myskyetime.com has reached 700,000 individuals and had 1.5m page impressions.

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