Northern Light is delighted to now be accredited with the Scottish Business Pledge. This commitment promotes fairness, equality, opportunity and innovation in Scotland, which in turn creates greater economic success and sustainable, inclusive growth.
A key part of supporting our clients with delivering projects is ensuring they have the necessary funding streams in place to reach successful completion. Whether that may be the initial feasibility study or to complete the final phase of construction to take their project to the next level.
Over the last 3 years we have secured our clients almost £5 million in grant support of their projects, ranging from innovation/R&D projects in the aquaculture sector to new community facilities for local charities.
Funding applications have become very competitive with less support available, in part due to Brexit and Covid-19. The application process can be challenging, to demonstrate that a project meets eligibility criteria and aligns with the aims of the fund, which often means very specific project objectives and outputs are required.
Just in the last few days grant funding streams such as The Scottish Government Blue Economy: Marine Fund and Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund have opened for expressions of interest. We strive to ensure we are always up to date with the latest opportunities so we can support our clients in delivering the most effective applications.
Covid-19 has changed the world we live in, including our working practices. Trying to strike the balance between work life and home life has become something that we have all had to contend with, whether it is adapting to working from home or home schooling. At a time in which life is challenging to us all, at Northern Light believe that flexibility is key.
This half-term Greg took Lucy and Angus to work! Northern Lights’ newest recruits headed on-site at Corpach, to check out the fantastic progress being made at Thomas Telford Corpach Marina.
*Whilst on site appropriate H&S measures including social distancing were in place*
This year, in lieu of Christmas cards and gifts, Northern Light have made a donation to Lochaber Mindfit. Lochaber MindFit is a peer-to-peer support group for residents of Lochaber with the express purpose of providing emotional support at difficult times for people who have been affected by the issue of anxiety, depression or suicide, whether through their own personal experience or a family member or friend. After this year, the work they contribute to the local community is ever more important.
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our clients for their continuing support over the last year and wish them all a very Merry Christmas and happy and healthy 2021!
Beannachdan na r àithe agus gach deagh dhùrachd airson 2021!
Last week, Northern light took part as a delegate on Lochaber Chamber of Commerce’s first virtual trade mission to Nova Scotia. In the ever changing world we have found ourselves in technology has become a key tool over the last few months. A virtual trade mission – perhaps a concept we could have only have imagined a matter of months ago.
Although a digital introduction and meet will never be a substitute for the real thing – it provided us with the opportunity to engage with a variety of interesting companies both as fellow Scottish delegates and as Canadian connections.
With a whole range of speakers covering the intricacies of entering the Canadian market as well as discussion on the whole range of cultural similarities between the province and Scotland.
Lochaber Chamber plan to run another mission in November to which we would certainly recommend to a friend!
Last week seen Corpach Marina Phase 1 contractors George Leslie begin work on site at Corpach – a momentous occasion for the Thomas Telford Marina project.
This project has overcome many hurdles in reaching this stage, not to mention a delayed start due to the impact of lockdown restrictions, but with necessary precautions in place it is all systems go.
After years of planning, consultation, detailed design work and lease negotiations we are delighted for CRC, we are pleased to support them on this project and are sure of exciting times ahead for Thomas Telford Corpach Marina.
Northern Light Consulting has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer in June this year. This Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Northern Light receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30 in the UK or £10.75 in London.
Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour.
Northern Light is based in Fort William, where in Scotland sees nearly a fifth of all jobs (17%) pay less than the real Living Wage – around 380,000 jobs. Despite this, Northern Light has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work
The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 230,000 people and put over £1 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.
Greg Riddle, Director, Northern Light said:
“As a small business who trade on our knowledge, integrity and professionalism, being recognised as a Living Wage employer is an important step for us in demonstrating our commitment to our greatest asset – our people.”
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said:
“We’re delighted that Northern Light has joined the movement of over 6000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.
They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs, Lush, and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Northern Light, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”
Northern Light Director Sarah Riddle has been appointed as Business Engagement Director for the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, to help address some of aquaculture’s biggest challenges by developing relationships in the sector and exploring opportunities for future innovation projects, which connect industry with academia.
Her work for Northern Light will continue alongside this new role for SAIC, which will start on the 1st of June.
Our clients can rest assured that they can expect the same level of attention and professional service as always for any ongoing and future work undertaken.