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Rachel Smart


Business reporter

I studied my undergraduate degree in politics and international relations at the University of Aberdeen and I completed my Masters in Journalism at RGU this year. I have always been interested in people and how society works. It's great when your passions align with your job.

Peat & Diesel’s Black Isle Belter dubbed a ‘resounding success’

27 May 2024
Peat & Diesel’s Black Isle Belter dubbed a ‘resounding success’

Peat & Diesel’s Black Isle Belter dubbed a ‘resounding success’

27 May 2024

Two-day event, Peat & Diesel’s Black Isle Belter, took place at the Black Isle Showground in Muir of Ord.


Do you know an inspiring woman in the Highland business community?

25 May 2024
Do you know an inspiring woman in the Highland business community?

Do you know an inspiring woman in the Highland business community?

25 May 2024

It’s almost that time of year again as the Highland Business Women Awards are making a return.


Resilience and young business women to be recognised at Highland Business Women Awards

17 May 2024
Resilience and young business women to be recognised at Highland Business Women Awards

Resilience and young business women to be recognised at Highland Business Women Awards

17 May 2024

It’s almost that time of year again as the Highland Business Women Awards are making a return.


Highland MSP says the housing emergency is about more than just ‘building homes’

16 May 2024
Highland MSP says the housing emergency is about more than just ‘building homes’

Highland MSP says the housing emergency is about more than just ‘building homes’

16 May 2024

MSP Emma Roddick has highlighted the need to make sure existing homes are being used as houses, and that people can afford rents and mortgages.


Highland MSP calls for ‘collective action’ to address Scotland’s housing emergency

16 May 2024
Highland MSP calls for ‘collective action’ to address Scotland’s housing emergency

Highland MSP calls for ‘collective action’ to address Scotland’s housing emergency

16 May 2024

A Highland MSP has called for collective action and shared responsibility to address Scotland’s escalating housing emergency.


Highland bakeries rise to the challenge and scoop up accolades at national awards ceremony

15 May 2024
Highland bakeries rise to the challenge and scoop up accolades at national awards ceremony

Highland bakeries rise to the challenge and scoop up accolades at national awards ceremony

15 May 2024

Several bakeries across the region have picked up accolades at the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards.


Rory Bremner joins Prosper to celebrate Business Excellence in Highlands and Islands

15 May 2024
Rory Bremner joins Prosper to celebrate Business Excellence in Highlands and Islands

Rory Bremner joins Prosper to celebrate Business Excellence in Highlands and Islands

15 May 2024

One of Britain’s best-known impressionists and comedians, Rory Bremner, will return as host of Prosper’s Highlands & Islands Awards.


Highland Councillor hails benefits of fund to ward

14 May 2024
Highland Councillor hails benefits of fund to ward

Highland Councillor hails benefits of fund to ward

14 May 2024

Councillor Lyndsey Johnston, expressed delight at the number of worthwhile local projects that have benefitted from Ward Discretionary Funding.


Community-owned distillery distributes funding to organisations across Ross-shire

14 May 2024
Community-owned distillery distributes funding to organisations across Ross-shire

Community-owned distillery distributes funding to organisations across Ross-shire

14 May 2024

In all, £20,000 has been given to fourteen community organisations by GlenWyvis.


Two Highland-based rural development experts join board of directors at Community Land Scotland

13 May 2024
Two Highland-based rural development experts join board of directors at Community Land Scotland

Two Highland-based rural development experts join board of directors at Community Land Scotland

13 May 2024

Two Highland-based rural development experts have joined the board of directors of Community Land Scotland.


Business community open day set to take place in Lochalsh

05 May 2024
Business community open day set to take place in Lochalsh

Business community open day set to take place in Lochalsh

05 May 2024

In another exciting development for the local business community in Lochalsh and Skye, Kennedy Accountancy is hosting a business community open day.


Jobs forecast for green freeport appears to have dropped

01 May 2024
Jobs forecast for green freeport appears to have dropped

Jobs forecast for green freeport appears to have dropped

01 May 2024

A UK government report shows the number of jobs produced by the Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport could be 75 per cent less than forecast.


Owner pays tribute to parents as establishment crowned Scotland’s best three star hotel

01 May 2024
Owner pays tribute to parents as establishment crowned Scotland’s best three star hotel

Owner pays tribute to parents as establishment crowned Scotland’s best three star hotel

01 May 2024

The owner of a family-run Highland hotel has paid tribute to his parents after receiving the accolade of Scotland’s best three-star hotel.


Skipinnish announce acoustic session at the Eastgate Shopping Centre

01 May 2024
Skipinnish announce acoustic session at the Eastgate Shopping Centre

Skipinnish announce acoustic session at the Eastgate Shopping Centre

01 May 2024

LCC Live and popular band Skipinnish have announced a special, up close and personal acoustic session at the Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness.


£124,787 for each of the three new assistant chief executives at Highland Council

30 April 2024
£124,787 for each of the three new assistant chief executives at Highland Council

£124,787 for each of the three new assistant chief executives at Highland Council

30 April 2024

The annual salaries for newly appointed Highland Council assistant chief executives has been revealed - each earning £124,787.


Highland Council traffic prohibition notice leaves Wester Ross community bewildered

30 April 2024
Highland Council traffic prohibition notice leaves Wester Ross community bewildered

Highland Council traffic prohibition notice leaves Wester Ross community bewildered

30 April 2024

A Wester Ross community has been left up in arms after Highland Council issued a notice implying the main road into the village was shut.


Five men stopped by police in Ross-shire for driving under the influence in the past 24 hours

30 April 2024
Five men stopped by police in Ross-shire for driving under the influence in the past 24 hours

Five men stopped by police in Ross-shire for driving under the influence in the past 24 hours

30 April 2024

Officers have been carrying out patrols throughout the region and made a number of detections on Monday, 29 April, 2024.


Police investigating break-in at Tulloch Lodge, Dingwall

30 April 2024
Police investigating break-in at Tulloch Lodge, Dingwall

Police investigating break-in at Tulloch Lodge, Dingwall

30 April 2024

Police are investigating a break-in which occurred in Dingwall.


Plans for new mode of transport in the Highlands take step forward

29 April 2024
Plans for new mode of transport in the Highlands take step forward

Plans for new mode of transport in the Highlands take step forward

29 April 2024

Plans for a new mode of transport in the Highlands has taken another step forward.


Over 80 Highlanders contribute to art project for Palestinians that is being displayed in Venice

27 April 2024
Over 80 Highlanders contribute to art project for Palestinians that is being displayed in Venice

Over 80 Highlanders contribute to art project for Palestinians that is being displayed in Venice

27 April 2024

A Highland art project is among various works featured in an exhibition in Venice dedicated to Palestinians.


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