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29/11/2006
Caithness Flagstone Helps Royal Bank Headquarters Win National AwardThumbnail for article : Caithness Flagstone Helps Royal Bank Headquarters Win National Award
A new headquarters that provides a world-class working environment and creates a business campus positioning it as an employer of choice, has won a prestigious national building award for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Gogarburn, Edinburgh.   Designed by Edinburgh-based architectural firm, Michael Laird Architects, the new building and 100-acre site has won the top award for a new modern building with non-load bearing stone in this year's Natural Stone Awards.  
28/11/2006
Davidson Review of the implementation of EU legislation final report
MOT Tests Could Be Reduced Lord Davidson QC today published his final report on the implementation of European legislation in the UK.  It proposes action to cut the burden of regulation particularly in the areas of consumer sales, financial services, transport and waste - creating an estimated 670 million saving to business and consumers.  
28/11/2006
Penalties Review - Rogue Businesses Should Redress The Harm They Cause
A review of the penalties for regulatory non-compliance lead by Professor Richard Macrory published its final report today.  The report 'Regulatory Justice: Making Sanctions Effective' found that reliance on criminal prosecution failed to give regulators adequate means to effectively deal with many cases in a proportionate and risk based way.  
Contractors Supplier Event 29 November 2006
CONTRACTORS SUPPLIER EVENT 4 pm 29 NOVEMBER 2006 Pentland Hotel Thurso Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise is hosting a supplier event in the Pentland Hotel Thurso on 29 November at 4pm to provide information to local companies on current business opportunities.   Presentations will be made by:- Dan Mistry of UKAEA Culham who will provide information on the prospects and opportunities for locally based businesses arising from the construction and commissioning of ITER at Caderache in France.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 15
UKAEA ANNOUNCES SEABED CLEAN-UP TRIALS UKAEA on November 21 announced plans to undertake trials of remotely-operated technology that could be used to remove substantial numbers of particles from the seabed at Dounreay.  A notice placed in the Official Journal of the European Union seeks expressions of interest from companies capable of detecting and removing fragments of irradiated nuclear fuel known to be buried in the offshore sediment near the site's old effluent discharge outlet.  
Dounreay Announces Plans To Begin Seabed Clean-up Trials
UKAEA has announced plans to undertake trials of remotely operated technology that could be used to remove substantial numbers of particles from the seabed at Dounreay.   A notice placed in the Official Journal of the European Union seeks expressions of interest from companies capable of detecting and removing fragments of irradiated nuclear fuel known to be buried in the offshore sediment near the site's old effluent discharge outlet.  
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20/11/2006
Local Photographer John Baikie Receives Top QualificationThumbnail for article : Local Photographer John Baikie Receives Top Qualification
Thurso based wedding photographer John Baikie has achieved another important qualification within the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers.  Only 6 months after successfully achieving Licentiate level, John submitted a panel for the next level Associateship, and found out this week that he had been successful.  
Project Manager Sought For Proposed Nuclear Skills Academy Scotland
A project manager is being recruited to take forward proposals for a Nuclear Skills Academy Scotland.   The proposed skills academy is being drawn up in partnership between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise, North Highland College UHI Millennium Institute and UKAEA Dounreay, which are jointly funding the project manager role.  
16/11/2006
Hearing Damage Threat To Call Centre Staff
Glasgow, the UK's call centre capital, to host conference Increasing numbers of injuries and illness, and subsequent damages claims, caused by acoustic shock and other noise related hazards are to be discussed by leading experts at the second Acoustic Safety Conference at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on November 27 and 28.   Delia Henry, the director of the Royal National Institute for the Deaf in Scotland, will tell the conference about the dangers to call centre staff in Scotland, and the resulting threat to call centres and the Scottish economy.  
Another Big Heat And Power Plant For Highland
A PROPOSAL to create a 24million Combined Heat and Power plant at Invergordon has won wholehearted support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) with its board agreeing to a 5.5million contribution to the project.   Northern Ireland-based company Balcas Ltd plans to develop its operation on the former Alcan smelter site at the Cromarty Industrial Park.  
16/11/2006
Asbestos Removal - New Regulations Seminars
In light of the new changes to the Control of Asbestos Regulations, which came into effect on 13 November, Rhodar - one of the leading HSE licensed removal contractors - and a team of asbestos industry experts will be running a series of free informative seminars, from 21 to 30 November 2006, at key venues across the UK, addressing the impact of these changes.   The seminars will: Address the impact of these critical new changes Highlight how they will affect facilities and estate managers, building owners and construction professionals Provide best practice advice on how to comply.  
16/11/2006
Planning For Expansion Inverness And Nairn
Preferred Options for A96 Corridor At the Planning and Development Committee on Wednesday 15th November Highland councillors gave their approval to the preferred Framework Plans for Nairn and East Inverness which will see a notable rise in the future population in these areas as well as an increase in economic growth and community amenities.   The choice of the preferred plans follows the analysis of responses gathered during a period of public consultation which drew a high level of interest and response from members of the public as well as other agencies and stakeholders.  
15/11/2006
SPEED LIMITERS ON VANS - SLOW DOWN!
The Freight Transport Association warns van operators that the requirement for speed limiters to be progressively made operational on vehicles down to 3,501kg gvw has been on-going since 1 January 2005 and will be complete on 1 January 2008.   1 January 2007 is an important date in this programme.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 14
LOOKING AT THE FINAL SITE OPTIONS On behalf of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group, UKAEA has published a consultation document detailing the feasible options for the condition of the site when decommissioning is complete.  While a final decision on the future use of the land does not need to be made for a number of years community views are being sought now to allow the NDA and its contractor UKAEA to finalise their plans for decommissioning the site with greater certainty.  
HIE On Course To Meet Annual Targets
The Highlands and Islands Enterprise network (HIE) is on budget and in line to meet or exceed most of its annual performance targets, according to its half-year results announced on Tuesday 14 November.   In light of the considerable headway already made in two key areas of its activities, HIE board members have agreed to increase targets for the number of new business start-ups in the region and of assistance given to strengthening community groups.  
HIE Approves Funding for Biggest Community Land Sale In History
HIGHLANDS and Islands Enterprise (HIE) today agreed to contribute 2million to the purchase of 92,000acre South Uist Estate by its residents - the biggest community land purchase in Scottish history.   The decision secures a 2million contribution to the 4.5million purchase approved by the BIG Lottery Fund's Growing Community Assets Fund last week.  
15/11/2006
Hunter Centre Moves To Close "Enterprise Gap" In Education
In the lead up to National Enterprise Week, the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, based at the University of Strathclyde, has moved to close the gap in Scotland's system of enterprise education.   In the most significant development since its inception, the Hunter Centre is now inviting applications from school leavers and young people to join Scotland's first purpose designed degree programme in entrepreneurship - the BA Business Enterprise - for entry in September 2007.  
15/11/2006
British Small Business Champions 2007 launched
Nominations are now invited for the 2007 British Small Business Champions awards (BSBC).   They are the only national awards exclusively for small businesses and their aim is very simple - to celebrate the achievements of and give recognition to UK small businesses.  
DFR Breeder Builds International LinksThumbnail for article : DFR Breeder Builds International Links
Following the installation of the 25 tonne crane that is now impressively taking centre stage high over the partially clad building, the interior construction work is rapidly progressing and the layout of the pioneering plant to remove the breeder elements from DFR is beginning to take shape.   A site inspector and an assessor from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) have recently accompanied members of the project team to the offices of SGN in Cherbourg, the French company appointed to design, manufacture and install the process cell.  
9/11/2006
Reach Exploration To Test Drill For Oil Onshore In Caithness
At a recent meeting of the Clyth Latheron and Lybster Community Council two representatives of Reach Exploration, Mr Miles Newman and Mr Phil Mason, addressed the meeting as to the future plans of the company's drilling and testing for oil to the immediate south west of Lybster.   The company concentrates on what is considered to be the best places to drill but with a success rate of only one in three and only 50% of the one producing quantities of commercial value it is very much a high risk business.