As 2020 gets under way, Peter Ranscombe gazes into his crystal ball to explore important milestones coming up in the year ahead
Inverness Chamber of Commerce
Inverness Chamber of Commerce has hit out at ScotRail for axing reservations on services to and from the north, describing it as “another slap in the face for rail passengers".
Inverness and Aberdeen are ranked top in Scotland, and among the top 10 locations overall in league tables of the best cities to live and work in the UK.
It is almost six months since the relaunch of the Open4Business Highlands and Islands (04B H&I) online portal and it is clear the facility is proving its worth in providing Highland companies with major contract opportunities.
Revised plans for a controversial 170-bed hotel on the banks of the River Ness have been lodged to the Highland Council in an effort to reduce the “visual impact” on the city’s landscape.
An ambitious £1.5million plan to revamp Inverness’ Victorian Market into a 21st century visitor experience - to include late-night shopping and eating - is to go before city councillors this week.
In the coming weeks, work will start on a multi-million-pound development for Inverness that will bring more than 100 new jobs to the city.
Employment numbers at a new Highland superstore have increased beyond previous estimates as the shop prepares to open next week.
A new think tank which will publicise key economic issues and solutions, whilst delivering thought leadership for the Highland and Islands, has been announced by Inverness Chamber of Commerce at its annual Highland Business Dinner.
The Range has announced it will open its first Highlands superstore within weeks, bringing 80 jobs to Inverness.
A multi-million-pound luxury hotel is to open next to Inverness Airport this year - creating scores of new jobs and a providing a massive economic boost to the region.
Bosses at Historic Environment Scotland (HES) have discussed shock plans to move the quango’s national headquarters from Edinburgh to the Highlands.
The post-Brexit future of thousands of people from the EU working in Scotland will be the focus of a meeting between north business leaders and the Scottish Government’s Europe Minister Ben Macpherson next week.
Inverness and the Highlands will see a multi-million pound boost by becoming the new home of the European Pipe Band Championships for the next three years.
The entrepreneur behind luxury women’s clothing brand Monreal London will share the story of its meteoric rise to prominence in the world of sports fashion at a prestigious business event at Gleneagles next month.
A major revamp of Inverness Eastgate Centre will see new businesses bring dozens of new jobs to drive the success of the shopping mall and Inverness city centre for years to come.
Business leaders believe Inverness is on the brink of an economic transformation after a key milestone in the £55million West Link project was reached.
A leading business group has warned that badly managed parking is hampering efforts to turn around Scotland’s high streets.
Business leaders in the north and north-east have appealed for stability and called for clarity from political leaders to boost the economy in the wake of the general election.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle's relegation from the top flight of football could have a knock-on effect for the city's economy.
The Highlands' "thriving" business community was celebrated at a sell-out black tie event in Inverness last night.
Revived daily flights between Inverness and London's Heathrow have been hailed as a huge success - with 75,000 passengers using the service in its first year.
An Inverness business leader has called for a "step change" to improve rail services on the Highland Main Line (HML) between the city and Scotland's central belt.
I reckon that Fenella Renwick and Kirsty Scobie have picked one of the most picturesque locations in the North of Scotland for The Seafood Shack. From their pitch behind the ferry terminal in Ullapool, the two young entrepreneurs are serving crabs, langoustines, scallops and other local seafood to locals and tourists alike, just a short walk away from the beautiful Loch Broom.
Chancellor Philip Hammond faced an angry backlash yesterday in the Highlands and Islands, where thousands of people are set to be hit by his tax hike for self-employed workers.
Port of Cromarty Firth (PCF) will host a cruising workshop next month for the benefit of firms throughout the north.
Businesses interested in making the most of cruise ships coming to port in the Cromarty Firth have been invited to a seminar next month.
Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Inverness and Central Highland has appointed Cairngorm Group director Chris Dowling as chair of its regional board.
A new move to make BT legally separate its Openreach network arm will fall short of delivering the benefits customers need, a Highland MP has warned.
A top north hotel has unveiled multimillion-pound plans to transform a historic site in the heart of Inverness into new up-market accommodation.
Scottish business chiefs moved quickly to calm nerves yesterday after UK voters chose to quit the European Union.
Stewart Nicol’s job fits him like a glove.