TOP Q&A on COVID-19 – 17/04/2020

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This week in questions Here’s the most common six questions that we have been asked this week: 1) Can a staff member work for one day to do the wages whilst on furlough. No, if your staff member is on furlough they cannot undertake any work for you. You can take them off furlough after the minimum 3 weeks, pay them …

COVID-19 Use of Reservists- Information for Employers

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Where can I find more information about reserves and mobilisation? Employers and Employees can find further information on reserves and mobilisation on Gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/employee-reservist/mobilisation In what circumstances can Reservists be mobilised? Sections 52, 54 and 56 of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 (RFA 96) provide for three main powers under which mobilisation can take place if …

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Grampian Covid 19 Assistance Hub The Grampian Local Resilience Partnership (GLRP) has agreed the establishment of a Humanitarian Assistance Centre (HAC). However it is to be known as Grampian COVID 19 Assistance Hub (GCAH). It is to deliver Care for People and Community Resilience under one banner. This is being led by Derek McGowan (Aberdeen City) There is a single …

Johnston Carmichael wins big at cloud accounting ‘Oscars’

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Johnston Carmichael, Scotland’s largest independent accountancy and business advisory firm, also a UK top 20 firm, has been recognised as Large Firm of the Year at the Xero Awards 2020 – the ‘Oscars’ of the cloud accounting world.   The UK and Ireland awards, held this year in London’s Electric Brixton venue, were established to celebrate excellence in cloud accounting. …

Introducing Our New Home

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The region’s leading membership and networking organisation have relocated on to Elgin High Street. Moray Chamber of Commerce serve almost 200 businesses in the region by supporting, connecting, protecting and educating them. The move follows a successful Tourism Business Improvement District campaign that Moray Chamber of Commerce supported whilst Moray Speyside Tourism was under their auspices. The successful campaign and …

First Steps Towards a New Bridge Taken

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The first steps towards replacing the footbridge to Lossiemouth’s East Beach took place today. While the tender documents for this project are currently being prepared by Moray Council, the prequalification part of the tender was published on the Scottish Government’s procurement website today. Prequalification is where companies interested in submitting a tender for the works are required to demonstrate they …

Scotsman is First Man Outside States to Secure Top Industry Role

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A LOCAL businessman has become the first person ever outside America to secure a top role in an industry association linked with his profession. Alan Medcraf, of AMDetails is now the vice president of the International Detailing Association, an organisation for professional detailing operators, suppliers and consultants to the industry. And Elgin-based Alan, who launched his business 10 years ago …

Scottish Chambers of Commerce Response to Scottish Budget Statement

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Commenting on the draft Scottish Budget for 2020 – 21, published today by the Scottish Government, Dr Liz Cameron OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: “Minister Kate Forbes MSP has delivered a budget in difficult circumstances. Without knowledge of the taxation and investment policies of the UK government the Scottish Government has rightly gone ahead with …