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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.

Campaign launches to support more victims of crime in Highlands and Islands

19 February 2024
Campaign launches to support more victims of crime in Highlands and Islands

Campaign launches to support more victims of crime in Highlands and Islands

19 February 2024

A new campaign has launched aiming to raise awareness of victims’ rights and peoples’ right to access support if they are affected by crime.


The Red Arrows set to be spotted flying over the region while based at RAF Lossiemouth

19 February 2024
The Red Arrows set to be spotted flying over the region while based at RAF Lossiemouth

The Red Arrows set to be spotted flying over the region while based at RAF Lossiemouth

19 February 2024

The Red Arrows are set to be flying over the region over the next few days.


Property demand study launched by Highlands and Islands Enterprise

15 February 2024
Property demand study launched by Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Property demand study launched by Highlands and Islands Enterprise

15 February 2024

A study is underway to find out what demand there is for commercial property and land in the Highlands and Islands.


Woman dies after three-vehicle crash on A96 near Inverness

13 February 2024
Woman dies after three-vehicle crash on A96 near Inverness

Woman dies after three-vehicle crash on A96 near Inverness

13 February 2024

Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage following fatal accident yesterday


PICTURES: Highland News and Media scoop four awards at regional press ball

03 February 2024
PICTURES: Highland News and Media scoop four awards at regional press ball

PICTURES: Highland News and Media scoop four awards at regional press ball

03 February 2024

The Highland News and Media Group picked up four awards, including the new website of the year award at the Highlands and Islands Press Ball.


HOUSING CRISIS: Report shows 4000 homes are overcrowded in the Highlands

23 January 2024
HOUSING CRISIS: Report shows 4000 homes are overcrowded in the Highlands

HOUSING CRISIS: Report shows 4000 homes are overcrowded in the Highlands

23 January 2024

A new report has shown that over 30,500 homes in the Highland Council area face one or more forms of housing need.


Highlands and Islands Enterprise appoints new area manager

19 January 2024
Highlands and Islands Enterprise appoints new area manager

Highlands and Islands Enterprise appoints new area manager

19 January 2024

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has appointed a new area manager to lead its work across the Inner Moray Firth area.


'Devastated' Inverness mother appeals for help to find son

18 January 2024
'Devastated' Inverness mother appeals for help to find son

'Devastated' Inverness mother appeals for help to find son

18 January 2024

Mum is seeking closure after disappearance of her son last seen at Kessock Bridge in November


Mr Bates vs The Post Office: Scandal the 'biggest miscarriage of justice of our time'

09 January 2024
Mr Bates vs The Post Office: Scandal the 'biggest miscarriage of justice of our time'

Mr Bates vs The Post Office: Scandal the 'biggest miscarriage of justice of our time'

09 January 2024

Strathspey MSP has made a bid for the issue to be discussed at the Scottish Parliament


Inverness' Eastgate Shopping Centre reports six per cent increased footfall for December

04 January 2024
Inverness' Eastgate Shopping Centre reports six per cent increased footfall for December

Inverness' Eastgate Shopping Centre reports six per cent increased footfall for December

04 January 2024

And there was a four per cent rise for the week before Christmas


Highland Shortbread Showdown 2024 is open for applications

25 December 2023
Highland Shortbread Showdown 2024 is open for applications

Highland Shortbread Showdown 2024 is open for applications

25 December 2023

The Highland Shortbread Showdown is returning for a second year to discover the best biscuits from across the region.


Tourist tax gains support from Holyrood MSPs

23 December 2023
Tourist tax gains support from Holyrood MSPs

Tourist tax gains support from Holyrood MSPs

23 December 2023

MSPs on a Holyrood committee have backed calls for the introduction of a visitor levy in local authorities


All rail fares to increase by 8.7 per cent in 2024 including Caledonian Sleeper

21 December 2023
All rail fares to increase by 8.7 per cent in 2024 including Caledonian Sleeper

All rail fares to increase by 8.7 per cent in 2024 including Caledonian Sleeper

21 December 2023

Transport Scotland has confirmed the fares increase it will put in place for 2024.


Nearly 670 per cent increase in long-term empty properties in the Highlands

20 December 2023
Nearly 670 per cent increase in long-term empty properties in the Highlands

Nearly 670 per cent increase in long-term empty properties in the Highlands

20 December 2023

Properties that have been empty for 12 months or more within the region increased from 434 in 2013 to 3334 in 2023


70 per cent of North American visitors to Scotland visit the Highlands

19 December 2023
70 per cent of North American visitors to Scotland visit the Highlands

70 per cent of North American visitors to Scotland visit the Highlands

19 December 2023

Tourism businesses from the Highlands attended the North America Business Development Mission (BDM) to support the growth of visitors to Scotland.


PICTURES: Abba tribute band Bjorn Again wow the crowds in Inverness

11 December 2023
PICTURES: Abba tribute band Bjorn Again wow the crowds in Inverness

PICTURES: Abba tribute band Bjorn Again wow the crowds in Inverness

11 December 2023

Bjorn Again took to stage at Inverness Leisure at weekend whole host of classic hits


Met Office issues yellow warning for snow and ice in Highlands

29 November 2023
Met Office issues yellow warning for snow and ice in Highlands

Met Office issues yellow warning for snow and ice in Highlands

29 November 2023

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for snow and ice from 5pm today (November 29) until Friday at 11am.


PICTURES: Highlands and Islands Thistle Awards 2023

11 November 2023
PICTURES: Highlands and Islands Thistle Awards 2023

PICTURES: Highlands and Islands Thistle Awards 2023

11 November 2023

All the pictures from the prestigious event.


Transport Scotland will not build a memorial to remember lives lost on A9

04 November 2023
Transport Scotland will not build a memorial to remember lives lost on A9

Transport Scotland will not build a memorial to remember lives lost on A9

04 November 2023

The road authority says it would have 'no statutory role' to play in the creation of a memorial.


New mode of transport could be in the Highlands sky by end of decade

03 November 2023
New mode of transport could be in the Highlands sky by end of decade

New mode of transport could be in the Highlands sky by end of decade

03 November 2023

Hybrid Air Vehicles has conducted a feasibility study to see how the Airlander – a hybrid aircraft – could work in region


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