Mini Bite – from Alistair Danter – 22nd September 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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There’s a bit of an autumnal feel in the air just now , but there are still plenty of visitors around which is good to see. Government announcements to alleviate the cost of living crisis are to be welcomed. However, operators will undoubtedly be taking stock before making operational decisions for the winter. To this end SkyeConnect will be surveying all sectors next month to find out how the cost of living crisis is impacting individual businesses, what impact Government announcements are having on the decision making process and what forms of support are going to be needed over the next few months. As we found through the pandemic, the information we gather really helps guide policy-makers…..so please take ten minutes to complete the survey. There will be a link to the survey in the next mini-bite.

Here are a few other updates:

COST OF LIVING
Here you will find details of the latest business support from the UK Government https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-outlines-plans-to-help-cut-energy-bills-for-businesses
SHORT-TERM LETS
While Highland Council formerly agreed systems for the management of Short Term Lets on the 6th of September, the passing of her Majesty the Queen has delayed wider communication on the issue. Full details of compliance is available at https://www.highland.gov.uk/shorttermlets
SHORT-TERM LETS 2
Catch up with the latest developments in Short Term Lets with this Virtual workshop from the ASSC. This event has additional information to that included in the July event at Sligachan Hotel. The workshop is free to ASSC members https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/short-term-let-roadshow…
LIVING WAGE
A New Living wage rate of £10.90 has been announced for the whole of the UK outside of London. As living costs continue to rise, the real Living Wage has never been more important. It remains the only UK wage rate to be calculated on the cost of living, and today’s rates reflect the unprecedented price rises faced by UK households. For more information visit https://www.livingwage.org.uk
WINTER MARKETING
At the recent Highland Tourism Partnership meeting SkyeConnect agreed to join a Highland wide winter marketing campaign to promote the Highlands. Skyeconnect membership subscription funding of £3,000 will be contributed to the campaign
SKYECONNECT AUTUMN EVENT
We have started work on an Autumn Business event – “Sharing ideas, seeking solutions and some Dangerous ideas” to support Business through the Winter. We are delighted that Marc Crothall of the Scottish Tourism Alliance will be joining us along with speakers from VisitScotland, HIE and a few other special guests. Please keep an eye on the Facebook page and Eventbrite for further updates.
HOSPITALITY TRAINING

Our friends at West Highland College have asked us to bring a valuable training opportunity to the attention of local hospitality businesses– Professional Cookery + Hospitality NC level 5 – Taster Event + Training course at West Highland College Portree Campus https://www.whc.uhi.ac.uk/study/subjects/hospitality-and-cookery/

STA CONFERENCE

We would urge as many businesses as possible to attend the Autumn STA conference in Edinburgh on the 9th and 10th Nov. We can guarantee the people you will meet and the speakers you will hear will be inspirational. The tickets are a worthwhile investment for businesses of any shape, size or sector within the Tourism industry. Details can be found athttps://scottishtourismalliance.co.uk/the-programme/?utm_source=Master+List+%2F+sign+up+form&utm_campaign=2851c906bdEMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2022_09_16_02_16&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a20d910550-2851c906bd-101277833

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