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News Archive

Businesses Called To Clear The Air For A Healthier Scotland
The Scottish Parliament has voted to introduce smoke-free enclosed public places.   This will have implications for employers and employees in all workplaces including all offices as well as bars, restaurants, hospitals and schools across Scotland.  
Travel Paranoia Revealed
Men are impatient, women are worried: the truth of Britain's travel nightmares.   Nation-wide survey by reveals the nation's holiday paranoia.  
Caithness And Sutherland Enterprise Area Business Survey
In March, CASE sent the web-based business survey to a valid sample of around 500 businesses, and achieved 114 responses, a rate of 23%.  This survey covers employers’ perspectives on recruitment, training and business confidence.  
Harbour Lights Available For Parties With New Management
The Harbour Lights at Smith Terrace, Wick is now under new ownership and has made some improvements to the lounge which is availbel for hire for parties and other celebrations or meetings.   Consideration is being given to building an outdoor covered area to accomadte smokers when the new rules come into force on smoking in public places.  
Wick Business Licensed To Deal With Asbestos
A Wick based business is now able to provide a service for dealing with the removal, storage and transportation of low-level asbestos waste following a significant investment in equipment, training and premises.   Wick Blast Ltd has successfully been providing a power washing service for householders, businesses and a range of clients, including a local housing association and the Highland Council, since 2001.  
Tourism Gets Active
The second phase of the European-funded 'HIE Activity' scheme is well under way across the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) network area.   'HIE Activity 2', which was approved by the Highlands and Islands Partnership Programme on the 1st of February this year (2005), runs until the end of June 2006.  
CASE Approvals List - May 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Highlands And Islands Enterprise Launch New Strategy
The Highlands and Islands Enterprise network (HIE), today (Friday June 17), launched its new strategy 'A Smart Successful Highlands and Islands'.   The document, which spells out HIE's objectives over the coming three to five years, is published in both English and Gaelic and is available online at Highlands And Islands Enterprise Network Strategy,or from any HIE network office.  
HIE Network Announces Results For 2004 - 05
The economy of the Highlands and Islands is continuing to improve, with unemployment showing a steady downward trend while population levels are rising.   That was the message today (Thursday 26 May) from William Roe, chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  
Norfrost in Administration
NOTE: This statement from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise has been issued following KPMG's announcement that Caithness white goods manufacturer Norfrost has gone into administration.   A copy of the KPMG release follows, for reference.  
Natural Produce Set To Clean Up On-Line
Busy bees can now get on with the housework, safe in the knowledge they can do so in an environmentally-friendly manner, thanks to the products of a new Caithness business.   Kristin Douglas has set up Wax Nostalgic Ltd, based at her home in Halkirk, through which she will produce a range of handmade, environmentally-friendly, products for use around the home, available from her website at The range will include furniture polish, leather and wood care products, antibacterial and antifungal and general cleaning sprays, all made with a very high content of natural materials such as bees wax, organic and non-organic essential oils, pure vegetable oils and resins.  
CASE Approvals List - April 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
New Arts Index
This should make life easier for anyone looking for people connected with Arts, Music, Drama Dance and other arts related activities in Caithness.   The new section is for anyone whether professional artist, sculptor, musician, writer or community based.  
Double success for RWE NUKEM
RWE NUKEM has had a double success in safety and environmental performance.   For the eighth consecutive year, the Company has achieved one of the UK's most respected safety awards from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) – the Gold Medal for best practice in health and safety.  
NVQ certificates in Nuclear Decommissioning for RWE NUKEM Employees
Pictured above is the presentation of NVQ level 2 Certificates in Nuclear Decommissioning to RWE NUKEM operatives at Dounreay.  The presentation was carried out by Ian Laidlaw, NDA Site Programme Manager - Region 4.  
CASE Approvals List - March 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Business Learning Accounts
Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) has announced the introduction of Business Learning Accounts (BLAs), targeting small businesses in the area.   Businesses across other parts of the Highlands have already used BLAs to broaden their product range, to establish a market for new crops, for specialised survey training and to diversify and establish sector "best practice".  
Advertise Your Caithness Property FREE Of Charge
Our new property page format allows you to place an ad for a property yourself.   We have just set up the new format for our property section and you can now advertise properties for sale FREE of charge.  
Geddes Windows Lands £6million Contract For 24,000 Windows
Geddes Window Systems Ltd, part of the D M Geddes Group based in Halkirk, Caithness has secured a substantial contract for the supply of timber windows to Your Homes Newcastle.   The organisation employs 100 workers between its factory and construction interests.  
Caithness company receives Investors in People 10 Year Achievement Award
A Caithness-based organisation has received an award in recognition of its 10 year commitment to using the business improvement tool, the Investors in People Standard.   Ackergill Tower picked up the accolade at a gala dinner at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Wednesday evening (23 March 2005).