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Kate Forbes MSP today (28 February 2019) welcomed the appointment of Boyd Robertson as the new interim chair of the NHS Highland board.

Mr Robertson, who retired as Principal of Skye’s Gaelic college Sabhal Mor Ostaig last summer, takes over on a temporary basis from David Alston – who had been chair since April 2016.

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch said the new leadership marked “an important day for NHS Highland."

Skye businesses are being given the opportunity to enhance their brand at a workshop.

Organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), as part of its Entrepreneurial Academy, the brand development workshop will be delivered by experts in the field and will be free to attend. The workshop takes place in Portree on 28th March 2019.

During the workshop, delegates will learn how to effectively communicate the vision, mission and values of their business or social enterprise, while gaining knowledge of how to build a brand that reflects the organisation’s operations and the experiences of its customers while leaving a positive impact on consumers. Delegates will leave with a better knowledge of their brand and why it should inform decision making within their business, as well as a toolkit to implement the learning and revitalise their brand.

The winners of the 2019 Taste Local Food Awards were announced at an awards ceremony today (Wednesday 27 February.)

During organiser, Natalie Bayfield's, opening words, she commented that the last awards had been years ago, but that she hoped they would continue in the future.

The awards aim to recognise buyers, suppliers and producers of local food, as well as those who promote local.  

Two Isle of Skye businesses were developing a new partnership of their own…while everyone else was planning surprise gifts and cards for Valentine’s Day,

And on February 14, Pelican Design and West Coast Media joined forces under the banner of West Coast Media.

Five local coastguard team members received recognition for their long service on Thursday 21 February.

The event, held at the Royal Hotel in Portree, saw five people receive awards for their years of service.

The winners of the 2019 Taste Local Awards will be revealed tomorrow (Wednesday February 27).

The announcement will take place at the lunchtime awards ceremony held at the Sligachan Hotel on the Isle of Skye.

Awards will be presented across 10 categories – ranging from Best Restaurant to Best Retailer – with 21 local businesses shortlisted in the final stage of the competition.

The event is being run by the Skye & Lochalsh Food Link CIC in partnership with Skye Connect and celebrates the use of local produce in the region.

Although places are limited tickets are still available for the awards event which starts at 12pm on 27th February with drinks and canapés before the awards and presentations begin at 12:45pm. The event will end with the opportunity for networking between 2pm and 3pm. To book tickets go to the website

Image above: judges at the Taste Local Awards.

A Sleat attraction will open early this year.

Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum will open to the public on Monday 4 March.

The castle gardens and museum will be open Monday-Friday during March and November, and daily from April to end October.

The south Skye attraction has also announced a busy programme for all ages and interests, including family activities, music and garden events. 

An eight-berth motor home facility could be coming to south Skye, if a joint planning application submitted to Highland Council gets the go-ahead.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Sleat Community Trust submitted the application to build the new facility on land behind the Ionad Iain Nobail /Iain Noble Building. 

A free three-day programme focusing on creative ageing will come to Portree.

The programme comes from Luminate and Tha Seo Math Dhuibh and will launch a new, artist-led project involving older people from Skye.

This project will run throughout the spring and culminate in a public event during the Luminate Festival, which returns in May 2019.

The events will run from Monday 4 to Wednesday 6 March and will be held at the Aros Centre.

A major new study will assess the impact of tourism on the Isle of Skye.

The island attracts more than 500,000 tourists a year.

The survey will be carried out by researchers from the Glasgow Caledonian University and will address concerns and challenges posed by the growth in visitors.

It is hoped that the findings will help shape a tourism master-plan for the island for the next 10 years.

Experts from GCU’s Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism will examine the impact the surge in numbers has had on the island’s employment and the wider economy.

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