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Friday 19th October (Pick up & travel) We will meet Friday morning at a set location (West Yorkshire) and travel north to Scotland in a comfortable minibus. (Pickup available depending on location). There will be a couple of stops at view points, waterfalls, photography opportunities, etc with informative talks from our team. If time allows we will stop in GlenCoe for a moderate steep but short walk up to the Lost Valley, the scene of a famous massacre. Our guides will explain the Geological process that formed this magical place and the gruesome history of the valley. We will arrive at the accommodation around tea time, where there will be welcome drinks and a BBQ Saturday 20th October (Big Bad Ben) After a healthy breakfast we will head towards Glen Nevis and start the strenuous walk up Britain's highest mountain via the mountain path. There will also be an easier alternative walk available depending on the groups abilities and of course the famous Scottish weather. We will then return back to the accommodation for a shower and then an evening meal at the local pub accessed by a ferry. Sunday 21st October (Easier Day) After another healthy breakfast we will head into Fort William for an easy day exploring the town in the morning and the beautiful Glen Nevis and Steall waterfalls in the afternoon.  Please note that access to the waterfall involves crossing a wire bridge or a waist deep wade. The writer WH Murray describes this area as "the best half mile in Scotland".  We will then retire to the Glen Nevis Inn for an evening meal.   For the energetic ones another mountain walk can be arranged. Monday 22nd October (Travel home and Moderate walk) A full Scottish breakfast will be served by our team before packing up for the drive home. There will be a couple of stops at viewpoints etc on the return trip, aiming to arrive back at the drop off point (same as pick up point) on Sunday evening. Our team are very flexible and an alternative weekend itinerary may be possible if requested, weather permitting of course. 

Venue:
Fort William
Claggan Road Fort William

When:
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 8.00am -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Cyber Strong Business - Cyber Bus


Highlands and Islands Enterprise will work with partners – the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and COSLA / Business Gateway to raise awareness of Cyber Security risks and what businesses can do to protect themselves.  Supported by the Scottish Government we will deliver a series of masterclasses for local businesses across the region, offering free advice and support.  The cyberBus is a fully interactive learning experience where participants learn about cyber security and play the part of both employee and cyber security defender/hacker in order to fully understand the techniques used to attack businesses and individuals. The cyberBus is the result of a successful Government funded program around the high schools of Scotland during Q1 2018. Its purpose is to use a fusion of technology and teaching to allow audiences to experience aspects of cyber attacks, learn to spot them and assume the role of an attacker to better protect themselves and their companies. Two modules will be carried out: “Phishing” where we teach the anatomy of a phishing email in an interactive competitive environment and allow the audience to create own. “Pwned” has a focus on passwords we show how online life can be taken over by hackers and allow audience to play the part of the hacker. Each session is around 50 minutes in length and will involve groups of 3 working interactively.  The session will take place at The Moorings Hotel, Banavie, Fort William, PH33 7LY. This event is organised and supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Find out more at www.hie.co.uk

Venue:
The Moorings Hotel
Banavie Caol

When:
Mon, 29 Oct 2018 9.30am -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Ideas Week 2018 - Navigating the World of International Trade


Lochaber Ideas Week 2018 is pleased to present a timely seminar and workshop on international trade for all types of businesses. Lochaber Ideas Week is presented in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce West Highland. International trade is a huge area for growth in the Highlands and Islands. Whether goods or services, Lochaber has fantastic potential to grow our local businesses into international businesses. International trade can be anything from selling postcards online to exporting tonnes of timber - it can cover any area and industry. If you're already doing international business or you're interested in dipping your toes in international waters, this is the seminar for you! Ewan Ramsay is hosting the above interactive session where we will explore the challenges of International Business and what the future possibly holds for trade after Brexit. We will have two guest speakers, who will bring their experiences and tell their stories on how they have opened their business to International markets. We will also be joined by representatives from HIE, Enterprise Europe and the Highlands and Islands Local Export Partnership to make sure that you are aware of the breadth of support available to all businesses in Lochaber and surrounding areas.If you are looking to explore the possibilities of exporting or importing, and / or are currently trading internationally then this session will give you more opportunities to guide you through the challenges ahead. About EwanEwan Ramsay has been working in International Trade for the past 16 years after an earlier career in Banking, Private Equity and new business start up as a business owner, investor and advisor. Ewan has created new businesses in a number of countries and divides his time between running these businesses and advising and supporting SME’s across Scotland, and in the Highlands and Islands in particular. Ewan is the Head of International Trade for Inverness Chamber of Commerce and the Managing Director for International Resources and Recycling Institute as well as working for a number of global consultancies helping SME’s develop their International Trade strategies and action plans.   To find out more about other Ideas Week events click HERE.

Venue:
The Moorings Hotel
Banavie Caol

When:
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 1.30pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Lochaber Ideas Week 2018 - Tourism Lochaber: Welcoming Chinese Visitors


Welcoming Chinese visitors to Lochaber Following on from the international tourism summit update, Lochaber Chamber is pleased to present a workshop on incoming Chinese tourism. Lochaber Ideas Week 2018 is presented in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce West Highland. We are pleased to welcome Fiona Alexander from Scottish Development International (SDI) to discuss how local tourism businesses can get the most out of their visitors and provide them the best possible experience. There will be the chance to discuss how you can stay true to your product whilst also creating the best possible environment for Chinese visitors and their unique cultural expectiations and practices. About the event Tourism to Scotland is changing. Visitor numbers from China are on the rise and expected to grow dramatically over the coming years. What can you do to make sure your tourism business is ready to welcome visitors from China? This seminar will look at changing trends in our visitors' needs, cultural and practical considerations for making Chinese visitors welcome and key steps you can take to make sure Chinese visitors choose your tourism business. This is the chance to understand how both you and new Chinese visitors can benefit so both parties go away happy. More about Fiona and SDI Fiona has been working with Scottish tourism businesses in all aspects of the tourism industry. She has a wide range of knowldege about the Chinese market and looks to share that with businesses to aid them. Scottish Development International help businesses discover new business opportunities in Scotland. They help businesses to invest IN Scotland and help the Scottish economy benefit from interest in this fantastic country. To see what else is happening during Ideas Week 2018, head HERE

Venue:
The Moorings Hotel
Banavie Caol

When:
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 3.00pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Ideas Week 2018 - Eddie the Eagle


An evening of inspiration with Eddie the Eagle! Join us for a brilliant evening of inspiration from Michael 'Eddie the Eagle' Edwards, one of the UK's most well-known and best-loved Olympians.  Lochaber Ideas Week 2018 is presented in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce West Highlands. Michael will give a motivational talk based on his incredible experience of fighting to compete in the Calgary Winter Olympics 1988 as the UK’s unlikely ski-jumper.  Kids tickets will be available on the door for £6 each (cash only) for ages 16 and under (ID may be asked for). About Michael The UK hadn't entered a competitor into ski jumping for 60 years but, where there's a will there's a way, and Michael earned the right to compete in the Winter Olympics against all the odds (and the wishes of the wintersports establishment). He may not have won (he came last) but he became the stand-out star of the competition and a worldwide audience took him to their hearts because of his tenacity, bravery, positive attitude and good humour.  His amazing story has gone on to inspire a whole new generation since the 2016 release of the smash-hit feel-good comedy, Eddie the Eagle film starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman.  Come along to find out more about the man behind the ski mask and the legend that is 'Eddie the Eagle'! To find out what else is on during Ideas Week 2018, head HERE

Venue:
The Moorings Hotel
Banavie Caol

When:
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 7.00pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Ideas Week 2018 - Mental Wellness in Business


Mental Wellness in Business Looking after your own and your employees mental wellness at work and beyond. Join us for our first workshop focusing on mental wellness featuring an inspiring talk from Josh Quigley, The Tartan Explorer, a 'Toolbox Talk' from Birchwood Highland and overview of support services available from Lochaber Hope. Lochaber Ideas Week 2018 is presented in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce West Highland. The workshop will look at succeeding in the face of adversity, illustrated by Josh's own personal experiences, and the impact of mental wellness in the workplace.  Aimed at both employers and employees, this workshop will introduce mental wellness in the workplace and address how to support your colleagues and yourself. What's involved? Birchwood Highland will host a one-off Mental Wellness ‘Toolbox Talk’.  Hosted by Linda Birnie, Birchwood Highland’s Training and Development Manager, learn more about the Highlands’ leading mental health charity and get involved in their ever popular Toolbox Talks.  Designed to raise awareness and provide a brief introduction to mental wellbeing, this session provides a brief introduction to mental well-being, including self-care, the impact of mental health stigma, and how to support colleagues when required. Attendees will also hear from Màiri Macdonald, Birchwood Highland’s Fundraising and Communications Manager, on how to get involved in supporting a local charity. We will also be treated to a talk from Josh Quigley, sharing his inspiring story. He will discuss the events that led him to where he is now, and how he has been raising awareness of mental health. More about the speakers: Josh Quigley Josh Quigley had the world at his feet. A rising star among the Scottish business community - he had won awards for the success of his digital marketing agency, SharkDog. In the early hours of 26 May 2015, Josh got into his car and drove a route he'd driven a hundred times before. However, this time headed towards the motorway; his final destination would be a concrete barrier, at over 80mph. He should have been dead. He shouldn't have survived - but he did. He awoke in hospital with barely a scratch, and ultimately vowed to help others in a similar situation. Since then, Josh has cycled more than 80 countries across 6 continents with a view to raising global awareness for mental health. Now dubbed 'The Tartan Explorer' - his story is that of true success in the face of adversity. Birchwood Highland Birchwood Highland was established over 30 years ago as a charity working with people with mental ill-health, supporting them in their journey to recovery. Throughout these years they have maintained their position at the cutting edge of mental health recovery, leading on excellence and advancing innovation in the sector. They support people to build self-confidence and adopt lifestyles that improve their health and well-being. They operate their services in the Inverness, Nairn, Easter Ross and Lochaber areas and are currently expanding activity to more remote areas of Caithness and Sutherland. What others said: ‘Extremely informative and well presented’ – Morrison Construction‘Well judged, informative, thought provoking’ – Ledingham Chalmers LLP To see the full schedule of events on during Lochaber Ideas Week 2018, see HERE.

Venue:
The Moorings Hotel
Banavie Caol

When:
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 9.30am -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Autumn events to help farmers and crofters optimise winter nutrition and grazing availability


Cattle nutrition SAC livestock experts will deliver a session on cattle nutrition to release genetic potential and optimise beef enterprise performance. There is wide variation in silage quality between farms and across years. This is compounded by variability in the weather, further impacting quality, yield, cow body condition score and calf performance. This presentation will cover: Setting the scene: Weather variation over recent years and its impact on body condition and winter rationing and how these factors present significant risk to fertility and performance. Variables that affect nutritional demands and why this means no two years are the same.  Understanding changes in demand over the winter, including the forage, energy and mineral requirements through pregnancy and weaning.  Interpreting the key components of a forage analysis and assessing the silage clamp. This will include forage budgeting and the significance of dry matter. Balancing nutritional requirements with this year’s forage quality and stocks and adapting nutritional needs within existing housing systems.  Undertaking cow body condition assessments and using this as a management tool via targeted nutrition. Gauging body condition score from delegates and how this impacts factors such as production, fertility and lameness. Setting targets for weaned calves and presenting the right nutrition. Minimising growth checks through management and nutrition. Interpreting the feed label and reviewing the ration to ensure it is being fed and performs as expected. Grassland management Soil and grassland management workshop to provide guidance to help farmers respond to the challenging conditions faced this year with winter storms and a late spring followed by a summer drought. Attention to the basics of soil and grassland management goes a long way to building the resilience required to withstand these challenging weather conditions. Among the topics covered will be: Importance of soil structure and drainage, correcting pH and nutrient deficiencies to ensure high forage production and to extend the grazing season. Deciding on when a sward needs renewing, choosing the correct seed mixture and methods of sward renewal. Much of our grassland is of low production potential and often dry matter yields can be doubled by sward renovation. Managing extensive, low input or upland grazing for best livestock performance and winter feed supply. The pros and cons of various grazing systems including implementing a rotational grazing system to increase the useable yield of grass and improve the quality of the grass being grazed. Conservation of grass for winter feeding and best practice to optimise yield and quality and minimise losses. This is very important when feed is in short supply. Forage crop options for extending the grazing season and providing winter feed for livestock.

Venue:
Nevis Centre
An Aird Fort William Inverness Shire Fort William

When:
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 6.00pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Ideas Week 2018 - Question Time


Question Time in Lochaber Lochaber Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce a Question Time Event as part of Ideas Week 2018. Lochaber Ideas Week 2018 is presented in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce West Highlands. Join us for a lively debate on the hot topics in Lochaber today. Hosted by Laurence Young of Glencoe Activities, Question Time will be focused on the “Future of Lochaber Business”. Attendees will be invited to submit questions in advance of the event. This is your chance to ask those questions you've always wanted to about the issues in Lochaber that matter to you. Question Time is a free event but tickets must be booked in advance. About the panel The panel comprises: Tim Allen - Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Charlotte Wright - Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Steve Baron - Highland Council, Kate Forbes MSP, Oliver Stephen - BSW Timber, and Duncan Mackison - Jahama Highland Estates/Liberty British Aluminium. Tim Allen - Tim Allen is the President of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and CEO of Unicorn Property Group. He is a private equity and property entrepreneur, with his property group greatly involved in the regenreration of Dundee's waterfront. He also has interests in the fuel forecourt sector, and was founder and director of Motor Fuel Group, the second largest independant fuel retailer in the UK. Charlotte Wright - Charlotte Wright is the Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, appointed in June 2017. She has previously held several positions in HIE, including Director of Business and Sector Development. Prior to her career in HIE, she also ran her own small business in Fort William. Steve Baron - Steve Baron is the current Chief Executive of the Highland Council. He has been at the helm of the council for the last five years and has previously held a position as Director of Housing and Property. His previous experience includes construction and facilities management with groups such as Robertsons Facilities Management, and the NHS. Kate Forbes MSP - Kate Forbes is the SNP Member of Scottish Parliment for the constituency of Skye, Lochaber, and Badenoch. With a background in accounting, Kate has served on numerous committees as a Member of Scottish Parliament, including the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. On 27th June 2018 she was appointed as Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy. Oliver Stephen - Oliver Stephen is the Mill Manager for BSW Timber Group based in Fort William. He has experience in operations management, and now manages all aspects of the largest site in the BSW Timber Group. BSW Timber manufactures and supplies a wide range of timber products for industries such as fencing, cladding and construction. Duncan Mackison - Duncan Mackison is the Chief Executive Officer of Jahama Highland Estates, the property arm of GFG Alliance which is partered with Liberty Britihs Aluminium. Jahama Estates manages significant agriculture, forestry, property, energy, and visitor assests in the Lochaber ares. Duncan has extensive experience in facilities management with companies such as Serco Defence, and The Buccleuch Group. We hope as many of you as possible can join us for Question Time, Ideas Week 2018! To find out what else is going on in Lochaber Ideas Week 2018 click HERE.

Venue:
The Moorings Hotel
Banavie Caol

When:
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 2.00pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Aquaculture Hub workshop: Promoting careers in aquaculture


Are you an aquaculture company struggling to recruit? What actions are you taking to build the recruitment pipeline for aquaculture into the future? The aquaculture industry is facing a number of challenges in recruitment, both now and in the future. From our experience, and as highlighted in Highlands and Islands Enterprise 'Skills Review for the Aquaculture Sector in Scotland', we have identified a lack of awareness of career opportunities available within the aquaculture sector.  We understand the need to help build the skills pipeline into the future. In response to the requirement to raise awareness of aquaculture within schools and universities, the University of the Highlands and Islands have brought together a range of individuals and organisations who can work with the aquaculture industry to engage with primary schools, secondary schools and undergraduates to promote aquaculture and the career opportunities it presents, these include: Andrew Johnson from the Newton Rooms, specialised STEM classrooms Colleen MacLean and Agnes Harvey from Developing Young Workforce Representatives from the university's engineering, information and communication technology, and leadership and management departments To join us in developing a plan to help increase awareness of aquaculture career opportunities, please register to attend. Refreshments and lunch will be provided so please let us know of any dietary requirements. Visit www.uhi.ac.uk/aquaculture to find out more about aquaculture at the university.

Venue:
West Highland College UHI
Carmichael Way Fort William

When:
Mon, 26 Nov 2018 9.45am -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Skerryvore and Skipinnish


Celebrate the New Year with Skerryvore and Skipinnish (plus support, tbc) Doors 7:00pm First Act 7:45pm Over 18 only Ticket price £25 + £1 booking fee.

Venue:
Nevis Centre
An Aird Fort William Inverness Shire Fort William

When:
Wed, 2 Jan 2019 7.00pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am

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