Scottish Government pulling the plug on new entrants’ scheme

The Scottish Government is to close a capital grant scheme for new agricultural businesses on 31 August.

This scheme provides grants for people new to farming to make improvements to their agricultural business and help to promote sustainable development.

Pressure on Cabinet Secretary pays off for farmers

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP Rachael Hamilton put pressure on the Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing in a recent letter, calling on him to step in to offer farmers support due to recent dry weather.

Borderers urged to register their local defibs

A new campaign by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to register all defibrillators in the UK has been launched. It is thought that as a result of mapping every defibrillator thousands more lives will be saved.

Concerns at slower business start-up rate

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) released figures this morning showing that business start-up rates are far slower in rural Scotland than in cities.

Fall in Stage 1 cancer detection across NHS Borders

New figures from the Information Services Division (ISB) show that early detection rates for certain cancers across the Borders have fallen, with fewer people being diagnosed at Stage 1 for breast, colorectal and lung cancer.