When I agreed to write a blog on dairy a couple of months ago, I wouldn’t have forecasted seeing a picture of cows being led through a supermarket as a protest against the average UK Gate farm price decreasing by a quarter to 24.06 pence per litre over twelve months. However, this is the point where I bow out and say, for further details on the current situation and for informed commentary and opinions, go to the various news sites and representative bodies. Continue reading
By Silke Reeploeg, Staff Researcher with the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands
Earlier this year the University of the Highlands and Islands received funding from the Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher Scheme to collaborate with the Lerwick Brewery in Shetland on a research and knowledge transfer project. The aim of the project was to develop an ‘events range’ of beers to coincide with local events on Scotland’s northernmost island group. Sounds good right? The result was a fantastic, limited edition, beer inspired by the annual ‘Bergen-Shetland’ yacht race, which was launched during the race June. Continue reading
By Helen Pratt, Project Manager, Interface Food & Drink
Not having been born in Scotland, the Royal Highland Show was never a part of my summer, never a marker for the start of the holidays as I rather suspect it is here. This, however, prompts two trains of thought. Continue reading
By Carol-Ann Adams, Business Engagement Executive, Interface
Carol-Ann Adams is the newest recruit at Interface, joining as a Business Engagement Executive for the Highlands and Islands in March.
We took this opportunity to put a few questions to Carol-Ann and find out a bit more about her background and what she brings to the role.
Q. Tell us about what your role encompasses at Interface? Continue reading
By Dr Claire Seaman, Senior Lecturer in Business and Director of the Scottish Forum for Family Business Research at Queen Margaret University.
With the recent interest in programmes such as the BBC’s ‘Who do you think you are?’ and the continuous enthusiasm from North America in tracing ancestry, it is no surprise that Scottish businesses are seeing the potential in ancestral tourism.
by Moira Forsyth, Project Manager, Scottish Enterprise
I’ve just finished reading a quirky book which I highly recommend – “Three Things You Should Know About Rockets” by Jessica Fox. A tale of a disillusioned American living in downtown LA, who takes the mad notion to come to Scotland to spend time in a second hand bookshop in Wigtown ( which is Scotland’s National Book Town for those of you who may not know – and if you don’t shame on you!).
A true, present-day story where our heroine falls in love with the idiosyncratic locals, the wind and rain, the landscape, the customs, the remote book town and the charming book shop owner (names have been changed but we all know who he is and he is charming!)