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Aerospace And Defence Sector Opportunities In The Region Highlighted At Event
Aerospace and defence sector opportunities in the region highlighted at event Businesses in the Highlands and Islands are being invited to a free workshop to find out how the region can benefit from opportunities in the aerospace, defence, security and space industries.   It will be held in at An Lòchran, Inverness Campus on Tuesday 26 September 2017 The event is organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and ADS Scotland which is the Scottish branch of the aerospace, defence, security and space industry trade organisation, ADS.  
Celebrating The Contribution Communities Make To Scotland
Over 250 community leaders from across Scotland will meet in Aviemore today and tomorrow (21-22 September) at a national conference to look at the impact and future role of community-led development on Scotland's social and economic fortunes.   The event, hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and supported by the Scottish Government, brings together community groups, academia and experts to discuss the vital contribution communities make to Scotland and consider how to support their continuing and increasing ambitions.  
Graduating Apprentices "the Future Of The Far North"Thumbnail for article : Graduating Apprentices
Eleven young people who have completed their Dounreay apprentice training are "very much a part of the future of the far north." Guest speaker Jamie Stone MP told the audience at the apprentice indenture ceremony that took place last Friday that, as Dounreay continues to decommission, the newly indentured apprentices would be an important part of the area's ability to offer a skilled and innovative workforce.   Dounreay Managing Director and former nuclear industry apprentice Phil Craig added: “I am very proud that we are celebrating yet another group of talented apprentices.  
Wes Takes Steps To Harness The Waves With New Control Systems Funding
Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has just announced over £660K of funding for 13 new projects aiming to develop innovative control systems for wave energy converters.   This initiative brings together control systems specialists from mature sectors such as aerospace and oil and gas, to work with Scottish technology developers in addressing the challenges of controlling and integrating Wave Energy Converter (WEC) systems and their components.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week commencing 11 September 2017 Energy & business services: The UK Government's department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) this week announced its latest round of awards through the "Contracts for Difference" mechanism, in which there was mixed news for area projects.  The Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) development consented for the Moray Firth - received an award, whilst the MeyGen tidal energy project did not.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 4 September 2017 Enabling Activities: As I highlighted last week CNSRP partners Highland Council and NDA have supported Scottish Government to carry out investigation work into the improvement of the A9 Trunk Road at Berriedale Braes, which aims to improve the notorious hairpin bend.  The notice, which outlines construction costs of approximately £9 million, invites prospective bidders to formally apply to participate in the procurement to construct major improvements to this important route.  
Companies Set To LINC With DounreayThumbnail for article : Companies Set To LINC With Dounreay
Companies are being invited to LINC together and support Scotland's largest decommissioning project thanks to an innovative new scheme designed to increase the number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) delivering clean-up work at Dounreay.   Up to five companies will be invited to help understand and develop the best proposal for size-reducing all of the machinery and components that will need to be removed from Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) - the largest to be built at the Caithness site.  
HIE Helps Businesses Get Cyber StrongThumbnail for article : HIE Helps Businesses Get Cyber Strong
Highlands and Islands Enterprise is offering its clients across the region support to protect themselves from cyber attacks, by launching the Cyber Strong business project.   Co-inciding with Digital Leaders Cyber Resilience Week (11-15 September 2017), the agency is launching a programme to help local businesses and social enterprises achieve national Cyber Essentials accreditation.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 14th August 2017 Energy & business services: Caithness Chamber of Commerce this week ran an event sponsored by CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  The main speaker was Bill Cattanach of the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), with introductory presentations by myself and Sandy Mackie of Scrabster Harbour Trust.  
Graduates Kick Start Their Career At DounreayThumbnail for article : Graduates Kick Start Their Career At Dounreay
Graduates from as far afield as Portugal and London arrived in Caithness last week to kick start their career at Dounreay.   Ten new recruits have started on the two-year graduate scheme with educational backgrounds as diverse as engineering, law and digital forensics and ethical hacking.  
Workshop Focuses On Food And Drink Innovation
Food and drink businesses looking to grow through innovation are encouraged to register for a free workshop which takes place in Inverness on 31 August.   The event will focus on the new ‘Make Innovation Happen' service which provides a single access point for all innovation support to the Scottish food and drink industry.  
Dounreay's Oldest Reactor To Be DemolishedThumbnail for article : Dounreay's Oldest Reactor To Be Demolished
It is 60 years this weekend since the first criticality was achieved in Scotland using a test rig at Dounreay.  Now the decommissioning team responsible for the site is marking that milestone by taking a major step towards demolishing the oldest reactor that remains at the former fast reactor research centre.  
Scottish Expertise Goes On Show At World's Biggest Aquaculture Technology FairThumbnail for article : Scottish Expertise Goes On Show At World's Biggest Aquaculture Technology Fair
Twenty-three Scottish companies are travelling to Norway this week to highlight the country's expertise at the world's largest aquaculture technology exhibition.  Aqua Nor 2017 gets under way in Trondheim on Tuesday (15 August 2017), and runs until Friday (18 August 2017).  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks commening 31st July and 7th August Energy & business services: As I highlighted recently, the company behind the proposed floating offshore windfarm demonstrator off the coast near Dounreay recently went into into administration.  Administrators French Duncan have opened a "data room" for potential buyers.  
Watch out for fake job offers online
As part of Scam Awareness Month, Caithness Citizens Advice Bureau and Highland Council Trading Standards want to alert young job seekers about the potential pitfalls when applying for jobs or signing up to recruitment agencies online.   Glenys Brown, Trading Standards Officer, based in Inverness explains, "Unfortunately, nationally, there has been a sharp rise in the number of online job hunting scams and the age group most likely to be targeted with fake job offers are young adults aged between 18 to 24 years".  
Cabinet secretary stresses role of public sector in supporting NC500Thumbnail for article : Cabinet secretary stresses role of public sector in supporting NC500
The successful North Coast 500 tourist route will need strong co-ordinated support from the public sector to ensure its long term sustainability.   Experiences of the initiative should also be shared with groups around the country looking to develop similar projects.  
Fast Reactors The Caithness Dimension - Film Made In 1994Thumbnail for article : Fast Reactors The Caithness Dimension - Film Made In 1994
This film, produced by AEA Technology in 1994, looks back on the history of the fast reactor development programme at Dounreay..  
A Year Of Hazard Reduction: Making Progress At Dounreay - New Film and BrochureThumbnail for article : A Year Of Hazard Reduction: Making Progress At Dounreay - New Film and Brochure
Progress across Dounreay's decommissioning programme is being showcased in a new film and brochure highlighting the team's successes during 2016-17.   Some of the highest hazards that remained in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority estate, including liquid metal coolant from the Dounreay Fast Reactor, were reduced and destroyed during the year bringing to a successful conclusion projects that spanned many years.  
Register For The Nuclear Supply Chain Event
The biggest networking event in Europe for nuclear decommissioning will be held in Manchester.   2 November 2017.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week commencing 26 June 2017.   Energy & business services: I met Louise Smith of Caithness Renewables last week, and heard about her current role as an adviser to the "Resource Efficient Scotland" programme being run by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of Scottish Government.